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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1
Jul

SSDP’s Byrne JAG Grant Position

Written by SSDP’s Policy Council The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Program (42 U.S.C. § 3751(a)) is the primary way states, tribes, and local jurisdictions are provided federal criminal justice funding. JAG funding can be used for a variety of initiatives such as law enforcement; prosecution, courts, and indigent defense; crime prevention and education; corrections and community

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30
Jun

We’re still fighting for a more sensible future. Stand with us.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s 2019-2020 program year ends today. Through the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, upending of campus life, and rapid shifts in change-making strategies, we’ve seen our network members step up and reinvent the ways we organize. In the last two months we had a stellar virtual conference in which our global network could truly come
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30
Jun

Drug Policy and Digital Rights: June 30th and July 1st Calls for Action

By Erica Darragh ’14, SSDP Board Member and Sunrise Movement distributed organizer It is undeniable that we are living in a historic moment, comparable to the cultural awakening of the 1960s that fueled the Civil Rights, anti-war, and counterculture movements. The United States is being confronted with its racism during the most important election of our lifetimes, and ideas that

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18
Jun

Introducing University College London

Author: Iulia Vatau ‘20, Chapter Leader Tell me a bit about yourself: what do you study, what are your interests and why have you decided to start a chapter? My name’s Iulia and I am a second-year student at University College London, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History and Politics of the Americas. My courses introduced me and gradually sparked

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18
Jun

‘Medicinal Cannabis ‘ll boost Nigeria’s economy’

Author: Saheed Ibrahim ’18, SSDP Nigeria This article was originally published by The Hope Newspaper, to read the original article click here. President of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), Nigeria chapter, Mr Olufemi Bashorun has advised state and federal governments to exploit the medicinal cannabis market to boost the nation’s crumbling economy. This call came on the heels of

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18
Jun

Stigmatization and its Effects on Women Who Use Drugs

Author: Dele Fayemi ‘18, SSDP Nigeria This article was originally published by DPH News, to view the original article click here. According to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which was adopted in 1979, discrimination is defined thus: Any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of the sex which has the

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16
Jun

SSDP Report Card for May 2020

Around the United States, and across the globe, Black Lives Matter and other protestors have taken to the streets to protest against police violence, specifically the murders of Black Americans at the hands of the police, as well as systemic and interpersonal racism in the last few weeks. SSDP stands in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and the
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15
Jun

Congress: Amend and pass Justice in Policing now!

The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is an extensive federal poling reform bill that addresses many of the policies that give police outsized power -- and inadequate accountability -- in communities. Unfortunately, it's just not sensible enough. Act today to tell Congress: Our communities deserve better! Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Tamir Rice,
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10
Jun

SSDP UK Committee Statement of Solidarity

SSDP’s UK committee stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those currently protesting against police brutality in the US, the UK and across the globe. George Floyd was an unarmed black man who was killed after a police officer from Minneapolis, USA, kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes, while telling the police officers surrounding him

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9
Jun

His Name is Justin Howell

CW: police violence Over the weekend, SSDP learned that Justin Howell, a Texas State University student, was critically injured at a protest in Austin this week. SSDP condemns the authoritarian suppression of public demonstrations in Austin and across the world regarding the movement for black lives. We send our best wishes to Justin for a speedy and complete recovery and
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9
Jun

Participate in the Global Drug Survey

Got a spare 15 minutes? The Global Drug Survey wants to know about your drug and alcohol use during COVID-19. The Global Drug Survey (GDS) runs the world’s biggest annual drug survey. Consistent with their mantra of having “honest conversations about alcohol and other drugs”, the GDS asks people around the world about their recreational drug habits through a confidential

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5
Jun

DEA, Go Away!

Our nation is confronting the latest spate of escalated violence in a centuries-long epidemic of police brutality against people of color. As #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd demonstrators turn out all over the world, the Drug Enforcement Administration is conducting warrantless surveillance and enforcement against any federal crime committed in association with those very demonstrations! Click here to call on Congress to protect your
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