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. 

In August, our office in Vienna officially opened! Our global structure has continued to be strengthened with the onboarding of two globally focused interns, who will be assisting in expanding our global presence and providing deeper support for our members. We also joined organizations across the world in observing International Overdose Awareness Day, a day of remembrance for people who used drugs and lost their lives due to prohibitionist policies.

Last week, Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s US Policy Council launched their first-ever week of action, “Schooling Congress on Drug Policy.” Our Action Center currently has over 700 visits from SSDPers across the U.S., proving that our work will not be stopped, even during the most difficult times. This push came a few weeks ahead of one of the most impactful federal votes our organization has seen, with the U.S. House of Representatives planning to introduce marijuana legalization (The MORE Act) on the floor for the first time the week of September 21st.

Finally, we are thrilled to announce that Luis Montoya ‘16 and Rachel Wissner ‘11 will be serving as Interim Executive Directors as we search for our next Executive Director. With their combined seven years experience serving in leadership roles within SSDP and their skills in fundraising, administration, and movement building, we are incredibly grateful for their leadership and service to the organization.

Read through this month’s Report Card for more highlights and news from our global SSDP network.

Action Alerts 

New Activists and Chapters

  • University of Louisiana (United States)
  • University of North Florida (United States)

CAT Leaderboard

  1. Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  2. Oakland Community College
  3. Michigan State University
  4. University of California Santa Cruz
  5. Montana State University
  6. University of Wyoming
  7. SSDP Leeds
  8. SSDP UCL
  9. Buffalo SSDP
  10. Freie Universität Berlin

Stats

  • 718 visits to our Schooling Congress on Drug Policy Action Center
  • 46 Strategy Summit session proposals submitted from the network

Network highlights

  • Anselm Weber ’16, former chapter leader of Florida Gulf Coast University SSDP,  is running for Florida House District Seat 76 
  • Maimuna Suleiman ’19 was selected for the Millennium Fellowship through the United Nations Academic Impact
  • Kat Ebert ‘18 held an SSDP presentation at the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association annual conference and golf outing

SSDP in the news

From the blog

Upcoming events and days of action

These events include those which are hosted by SSDP global, or by SSDP chapters, or in which we are partners or co-hosts, or feature an SSDP member as a speaker. If your chapter is hosting an event that you’d like listed, please let your SSDP staff member know. Check the “Member discounts & givebacks” section for event discount codes!

Recommended reading and resources

Member discounts & givebacks

Jobs and opportunities