Jake Agliata

1
Jul

One Last Ask

This month, SSDP is raising $15,000 for the International Activities Fund, which supports our work outside the United States by funding chapter events, policy change campaigns, and scholarships to SSDP2020. Throughout July, we will be sharing stories from members of the global SSDP family discussing their victories, struggles, and ideas for the next year. Today, we are kicking off the

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1
Jul

Farewell from Jake Agliata ’11, welcome Róisín Downes ’15

In June 2014, I joined SSDP’s staff and began an unbelievable five-year journey. I have been privileged to work in a job I love amongst a team of co-workers who I count among my best friends. Perhaps most of all, I have been fortunate to earn the trust of the SSDP family to lead our global programs, a task I

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18
Jun

Review of the World Ayahuasca Conference 2019

Written by Beth D. Clavé of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. After having to miss the first few editions of the Ayahuasca Conference, I was lucky to present in 2019 at the World AYA as it was held in Gorina, Spain! Girona is a beautiful city located about 100km from the capital of Catalunya, Barcelona in Spain – fans of Game

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4
Jun

How to Participate in the 2019 Support Don’t Punish Global Day of Action

What is Support Don’t Punish? Support. Don’t Punish. is a global advocacy campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the harms being caused by the War on Drugs. The campaign aims to promote drug policies that respect human rights and protect public health, to change laws and policies that impede access to harm reduction interventions and other evidence-based services, and

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28
May

SSDP Delivers a Statement at UN Hearing on Young People and Drugs

Written by Sara Velimirovic ’15 of SSDP France On May 8th, 2019, the International Narcotics Control Board, the United Nations’ watchdog of the drug control conventions, organised a hearing to better understand the reality on the ground of young people and drugs, seeking input from nine NGOs from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. I delivered a statement in

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29
Apr

Planting the seeds of harm reduction in Belarus

Written by Piotr Markielau ’18, founder of SSDP Belarus How to reduce the harms of drugs? This question was used as the event title for a lecture series organized by Legalize Belarus, the only group in the country advocating for decriminalisation of drug use. Supported by Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Students For Liberty, activists organised 5 educational events

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19
Apr

The Festival of Freedom

Written by Yahav Erez ’17, founder of SSDP Israel A bit about today, April 19th, 76 years ago. Every year on this day, ‘Bicycle Day’ is celebrated in memory of the famous bike ride that the Swiss Chemist Albert Hofmann made from his laboratory to his nearby home on a spring evening. That ride, when he first started to notice

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16
Apr

SSDP is now hiring a Global Program Coordinator

Do you view the War on Drugs as a global, intersectional issue affecting communities in every region of the world? Do you want to coordinate a youth-led network of drug policy activists based in over 30 countries? Are you interested in advocating for human rights at the United Nations on behalf of an ECOSOC-accredited NGO? Now is your chance to

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23
Mar

Updates from Day Three of the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs

SSDP staff and members are in Vienna this week with our youth allies in CSSDP, SSDP Australia, Youth Rise, and YODA attending the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting (“CND”). Yesterday, we shared an update from the second day of CND courtesy of Ailish Brennan of Youth Rise/University College Dublin SSDP. Today, Orsi Feher ’16, SSDP’s European Global Fellow and

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21
Mar

Intervention by SSDP and the Paradigma Coalition at the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs

The following text was given as an oral intervention by SSDP’s Latin America Global Fellow Marisa Morales ’15 during the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs during the general debate on agenda item 11: implementation of the UNGASS outcome document. The intervention was made on behalf of both SSDP and Paradigma, a global coalition of youth-led drug policy organizations working together

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21
Mar

DAY TWO OF THE 62ND COMMISSION OF NARCOTIC DRUGS

SSDP staff and members are in Vienna this week with our youth allies in CSSDP, SSDP Australia, Youth Rise, and YODA attending the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting (“CND”). Yesterday, we shared an update from the first day of CND. Today, Ailish Brennan’18 of Youth RISE and University College Dublin SSDP shares her thoughts on the second day of

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19
Mar

Day One Updates from the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs

SSDP staff and members are in Vienna this week with our youth allies in CSSDP, SSDP Australia, Youth Rise, and YODA attending the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting (“CND”). Yesterday, we shared an update from last week’s High-Level Ministerial Segment. Today, SSDP’s International Program Manager, Jake Agliata ’11, summarizes the key events which took place during the first day

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18
Mar

Updates from the 2019 High Level Ministerial Segment

SSDP staff and members are in Vienna this week with our youth allies in CSSDP, SSDP Australia, Youth Rise, and YODA attending the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting (“CND”). Last week, a two day High Level Ministerial Segment (“HLMS”) took place where UN member states conducted a ten year review of the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action.

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1
Mar

Psychedelics hasn’t escaped gender: If the rate of use is the same, how come we only hear from men?

This op-ed was written by Yahav Erez ’17, founder of SSDP Israel, and was originally published in Hebrew in Time Out Tel Aviv. Translation to English was provided by Miriam Erez. The nearly equal rates of use of psychedelics between men and women, as reported by Time Out Tel Aviv’s Big Drug Survey, should surprise us. Drugs are perceived of

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26
Feb

SSDP Ireland Hosts National Gathering in Dublin

Written by Declan Moore, Chairperson of Dublin City University SSDP On Saturday February 9th 2019, SSDP Ireland held a national gathering of chapters at University College Dublin (UCD). The event replaced the annual SSDP Ireland National Conference. The idea came about during meetings between leaders of Irish chapters who wanted to strengthen the inter-chapter relationships across the country in order

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29
Jan

A Look Back at 2018 in Global Drug Policy

Written by Orsi Feher ’16, SSDP’s Europe Global Fellow The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is one of the three bodies assigned roles by the global drug control conventions, along with the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), and the World Health Organization (WHO). CND is the central drug policy decision making body within the United Nations system and can vote

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10
Jan

An Update on the International Activities Fund

This summer, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Students for Sensible Drug Policy launched the International Activities Fund (IAF) to give our members outside the United States additional support to end the War on Drugs in their countries. We are happy to report that we have funded seven deserving project proposals in six different countries on three continents. Read

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2
Jan

SSDP Nigeria Hosts Symposium for World Human Rights Day

By Moronfolu Adeniyi ’14, SSDP’s West Africa Global Fellow The World Human Rights Day Symposium was organized by Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Nigeria, African Students for Liberty and Law Students’ Society, Crescent University Abeokuta. The main topic discussed was the intersection between drug policy and public health from the larger lens of human rights. In attendance were stakeholders from

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28
Dec

Let’s Talk About International Cannabis Policy

By Orsi Feher ’16, SSDP’s Europe Global Fellow In November 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a scientific assessment on the uses and potential harms of the plant Cannabis sativa L. and its derivatives through their Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD). Their final recommendation was expected to be presented to the United Nations’ Committee on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

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4
Dec

November International Bulletin

Welcome to the SSDP International Organizing Committee’s November Bulletin! Here you will find updates on some of the major SSDP activities happening around the world, as well as news and updates from the United Nations. This month’s bulletin will cover SSDP activities from the month of November. SSDP’s International Organizing Committee (IOC) is dedicated to supporting youth-led drug policy activism

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8
Nov

SSDP Mexico Students Tackle Drug Policy in Bolivia

Over the last month, Abril Galván Ferrera and Jorge Antonio Aragón of EPSD(SSDP) Mexico have been working at the Kuymi Center in La Paz, Bolivia. A project conceived by the EPSD Bolivia chapter, Acción Semilla, and AIESEC, the Kuymi Center utilizes art and evidence-based education to educate Bolivian citizens and students about the harms of the War on Drugs and

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5
Nov

IOC October Monthly Bulletin

Shoutout to Dublin City University SSDP for the awesome pumpkin! Welcome to the SSDP International Organizing Committee’s October Bulletin! Here you will find updates on some of the major SSDP activities happening around the world, as well as news and updates from the United Nations. This month’s bulletin will cover SSDP activities from the month of October. SSDP’s International Organizing

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10
Oct

The Paradigma Global Youth Coalition Asks for the 2019 High Level Ministerial Segment

‘Paradigma’ is a global coalition of youth-led organizations working toward establishing evidence-based drug policies which reduce the harms of drug use and are grounded in human rights principles. The organizations that make up the Paradigma coalition represent thousands of young people in every region of the world. We acknowledge the many impacts of drug use, drug markets, and drug control

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4
Oct

IOC September Monthly Bulletin

Welcome to the SSDP International Organizing Committee’s September Bulletin! Here you will find updates on some of the major SSDP activities happening around the world, as well as news and updates from the United Nations. This month’s bulletin will cover SSDP activities from the month of September. SSDP’s International Organizing Committee (IOC) is dedicated to supporting youth-led drug policy activism

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20
Sep

Making Israeli Music Festivals Safer Through Harm Reduction

Written by Yahav Erez ’17, Founder of SSDP Israel When I first received a drug checking kit from a friend this past May during a large music festival, I was skeptical about how much the kit would actually help. However, I also knew that the drug scene in Israel, like any country that prohibits the use of drugs, was a

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