Written by SSDP Board Member Eric Sterling
When I was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary in the 1980s, I had a front-row seat to the buildup of the War on Drugs. And since 1989, I’ve been fighting on the front lines to end that war through my work at the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and as a board member and adviser to many drug policy reform organizations.
I’m proud to be hosting a reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) tomorrow night at 6pm ET on behalf of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and in support of their efforts to win one of ten $82,765.95 donations through the reddit donate program.
When I first became an adviser to SSDP in 1999, and in 2004 accepted a seat on the Board of Directors, it was because I understood the importance of empowering the transformative voice of young people. SSDP does not simply organize protest of the War on Drugs, it teaches students the skills to become tomorrow’s civic leaders. Members don’t learn political theory, they practice politics. They lobby in state capitols and in Washington, D.C. They write op-eds and letters to the editor. They make documentaries and YouTube videos. They run for student senate and get elected. They get trained to give media interviews, and then give them. All along the way they’ve changed policy in cities, states and on many campuses.
Please take a few minutes to vote for SSDP in the reddit donate contest today, and join us tomorrow evening at 6pm ET for our reddit AMA!
Eric Sterling, Esq.
Member, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Boards of Directors & Trustees
President, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation