17
Sep

SSDP Statement on MORE Act Vote Postponement

Delaying the MORE Act is Postponing Justice for those Harmed by Marijuana Prohibition Students for Sensible Drug Policy is disappointed in the announcement to postpone the U.S. House vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Opportunity (MORE) Act (HR 3884), which had been announced for a vote the week of September 21st. This news is particularly disappointing because next week

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14
Sep

August 2020 Report Card

This school year, many of our student members are starting their semesters during an unprecedented pandemic, with confusing campus reopening timelines, virtual classes, and a long lasting separation from their friends and fellow drug policy reformers. Despite the intense challenges of organizing during this time, our chapters and our members continue to show resilience in fighting the War on Drugs. 

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9
Sep

Statement of Solidarity with the People of Belarus

The featured image on this article was sourced from Legalize Belarus and their accounts of the early days of the protests. See their article here.  Today marks the 32nd consecutive day of protests marked by an unprecedented level of police brutality in the country of Belarus. The demonstration period erupted on August 9, 2020, to protest widely alleged election fraud

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9
Sep

Announcing our Interim Executive Directors

We are thrilled to announce that Rachel Wissner and Luis Montoya will be serving as Interim Executive Directors until the next Executive Director is hired. Luis Montoya ‘16 first joined SSDP as a member of the Florida International University chapter. He attended SSDP2016 and was blown away by this network of badass organizers and activists bringing about change. He was
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2
Sep

Take Action: School Congress on Drug Policy

Written by Abhi Dewan '18 and Robert Hofmann '16 Schooling Congress on Drug Policy, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy United States Policy Council’s first week of action starts Tuesday, September 8th. We will be focusing on developing the work of the U.S. Policy Council and sharing action links to get the People’s Justice Guarantee and the MORE Act passed.
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31
Aug

Join SSDP for the Mt. Tam Psilocybin Summit

Students for Sensible Drug Policy are joining forces with Tam Integration for the Mt. Tam Psilocybin Summit, September 17-21, 2020. The first online summit centered around the myth, magic, culture, and science of psilocybin mushrooms, the Mt. Tam Psilocybin Summit will show how experts engage with protocols designed to elicit profound transformation. Join us for presentations and real-time conversations with
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26
Aug

SSDP IS SEEKING A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Written by the SSDP Board of Directors After 7 years at Students for Sensible Drug Policy, now former Executive Director Betty Aldworth *12 is providing consulting services, and we’re looking to pass the torch to a talented leader who is passionate about ending the War on Drugs. SSDP’s student- and youth-run board of directors is now accepting applications for our
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25
Aug

Global Member Highlight: Chiri Choukeir ’20

Jacob Chagnon ‘17: This week, we bring you a special edition of our global Member Highlights, intended to showcase the activists working in tandem with the drug policy reform movement. Moreover, we aim to emphasize the fact that you need not be a student, or formally affiliated with SSDP, to be a contributing ally. It is my absolute pleasure to
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21
Aug

Check out the #Sensible2020 Conference session videos

The #Sensible2020: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference sessions are available on our conference website for you to watch, listen, and enjoy. We’d like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all of the speakers, moderators, and panelists for dedicating time to make these important conversations happen. If you would like to request a digital copy of a session you were a part
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20
Aug

Welcoming two new interns to the SSDP Global team

Two weeks ago, we welcomed two new interns to support our team in the creation of our daughter office in Vienna. Beatrix Vas ‘19 – Global Development Intern Beatrix is primarily responsible for developing and implementing strategies to grow the capacity of the Global Program and assess new opportunities for growth & expansion. Beatrix holds a Master of Public Administration

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18
Aug

We’re hiring a Digital Communications Intern!

Have you ever wanted to work for Students for Sensible Drug Policy? We’re hiring a Digital Communications intern! Working for SSDP is a great opportunity to serve our network of students and young people who are leading the charge to end the disastrous War on Drugs and heal the harms of drug prohibition. SSDP is overseen by our Board of

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14
Aug

Farewell from Stacia

Today is my last day working for Students for Sensible Drug Policy after being hired right out of college 11 years ago. It’s hard for me to put into words how much this organization means to me, but I’m going to give it a shot. Even on the most difficult days (of which there were many), I still woke up

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12
Aug

Youth at risk and youth on show – Young people’s engagement in global drug policy reform

By Beatrix Vas ’19, SSDP Global Development Intern & SSDP Budapest Chapter Leader In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared the 12th of August International Youth Day, intended to draw attention to and celebrate young people’s actions and achievements towards creating a better world for all. The theme of International Youth Day 2020 is “Youth Engagement for Global Action,”

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11
Aug

July 2020 Report Card

In July, Students for Sensible Drug Policy celebrated the achievements of our members during Global Week. To provide even more support to our members all over the world, our Global Program will be expanding. Over the next year, the SSDP global team will establish an office in Vienna to access new funding opportunities, increase our presence at the United Nations,
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7
Aug

Submit your proposals for this year’s SSDP Strategy Summit

Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s international team and Board are doing things differently for this year’s Strategy Summit. We will be working to develop a multi-year strategy to guide the organization through these uncertain times and beyond, and we cannot do this without your help! The development of this strategy will be rolled out in phases, and we will be
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5
Aug

Join SSDP for the National Drug Policy Reform Seminar

Students for Sensible Drug Policy and America’s largest cannabis advocacy groups join forces to produce The National Drug Policy Reform Seminar (NDPRS) on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The NDPRS is a free, non-partisan, virtual gathering place for policymakers, experts, and advocates from across the United States to discuss the evolving drug policy landscape and future of cannabis law reform. Timed
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16
Jul

SSDP Budapest’s International Panel for Support. Don’t Punish

SSDP’s international organising and relations is funded through the International Activities Fund. Please make a gift here here. Author: Beatrix Vas ‘ 19, SSDP Budapest Chapter Leader On June 26th, for the Support. Don’t Punish. Global Day of Action, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Budapest held a panel discussion titled “Young People in Drug Policy.” We were lucky enough to
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16
Jul

SSDP UK Coordinates Activities Across the Country for Support. Don’t Punish

SSDP’s international organising and relations is funded through the International Activities Fund. Please make a gift here here. Author: Iulia Vatau ‘19, University College London (UCL) Chapter Leader & SSDP UK Committee member   For the Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action, the SSDP UK Committee organised two webinars as part of Paradigma’s Decentralised Youth Drug Policy Conference, an
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15
Jul

June 2020 Report Card

Students for Sensible Drug Policy's June 2020 Report Card is out! Read through and check out the awesome achievements made by our global members last month. Last week, we announced that Stacia Wallis ‘05 and Betty Aldworth will soon be laid off from SSDP in light of the ongoing health pandemic and accompanying economic recession. While we are saddened to have
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14
Jul

Our global fight has never been more important

In the midst of our global public health crisis, vulnerable populations across the world are suffering the most, particularly people who use drugs, who lack access to health care and whose human rights are systematically denied. Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s global fight for the health, dignity, and rights of people who use drugs has never been more important.  Our
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9
Jul

SSDP Students launch global Black Lives Matter Hackathon

Written by Shot Khan '16, co-founder of James Madison University SSDP As a Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter founder, a DanceSafe chapter President, and a Computer Scientist, I have always wanted to merge my passions of Computer Science and Criminal Justice together. So, this past year,  another SSDPer who started JMU Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Virginia DanceSafe
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7
Jul

JUST SAY KNOW DRUG EDUCATION ROUNDUP – June 2020

Welcome to the Just Say Know monthly roundup! Here we will be sharing the latest in drug education and harm reduction each month. June was, for many of us, a very active month. Intentionally systemic and institutionalized racism was once again highlighted for the world to see resulting from the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Dion Johnson,
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2
Jul

Drug Use and the LGBTQ+ Community – Taking Pride in Harm Reduction

This piece was originally published by YouthRISE Executive Director Ailish Brennan as a Press Release for SSDP Ireland for both Support. Don’t Punish. and Pride Weekend Celebrations in Ireland. Pride has become a time defined by love and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community (LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and the + is for everyone else who identifies

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1
Jul

SSDP prepares for departure of Stacia Wallis ‘05, Betty Aldworth from staff

In light of the ongoing health pandemic and accompanying economic recession, SSDP must reduce staff and prepare for significant budget cuts for the foreseeable future.  However, with careful attention and planning SSDP can adapt, fundraise, and streamline to ride out several years of anticipated recession or depression. While expenses have been cut in many areas of the budget, SSDP has
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1
Jul

Introducing Northwestern SSDP

By Rosalind Wang ‘20 and Shareef Jabba ‘20, Northwestern SSDP Co-Chapter Leaders How did you hear about SSDP? Rosalind: I first heard about SSDP on MAPS’ website. It immediately drew my attention, and I was astonished when I found out Northwestern did not have a chapter. I believe organizations like SSDP would contribute a lot to my school. Shareef: I

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