Jake Agliata

4
Aug

SSDP First Year Experience

Written by Christian Palmero, Vice President of UMass Boston SSDP. Did you pack up your belongings and move to another state so you could experience a different lifestyle in college? Let me tell you, I think that you made a wise decision in doing so. Leaving my hometown of Miami to pursue an undergrad degree in Boston was both the

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20
Jul

Introducing SSDP Israel

I’m thrilled to announce our newest chapter in Israel! SSDP now has a presence in 26 countries, with Israel being the first chapter in the MENA region. I spoke with chapter leader Yahav Erez about their work so far and their plans for the future: How did you hear about SSDP? My professor at my graduate program (STS- Science, Technology & Society

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18
Jul

Magic Mushrooms, Tourism, and the Erasure of Mazatec Culture

Written by Gabriel Eduardo Estrada Martínez, a member of Estudiantes Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas, Mexíco (SSDP Mexíco) and an indigenous Mazateco currently doing anthropological research on the use of sacred plants in Mexico. Translation by Arturo González. For any country, the objective of tourism is to help bolster the economy by exposing native art, magic, and nature to curious

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28
Jun

UN Update: Launch of the World Drug Report

Written by Orsi Fehér, founder and chapter leader of SSDP Österreich (Austria).  For the 20th Anniversary of the Commission on Narcotic Drug’s “flagship publication”, a five-volume report on the “world drug problem” was launched at the Vienna headquarters of the United Nations on 22 June. We were there to witness an awkward assembly of participants. The back row seats were

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16
Jun

The Nicaraguan Cannabis Policy: A de Facto Decriminalization for Personal Use.

This is part 2 in a series of blog posts that will be published this week by EPSD Nicaragua chapter leader Elvin Rodríguez Fabilena that will describe Nicaraguan policies on cannabis in terms of how they are written and how they are enforced. Check out Part 1 if you missed it.  According to Article 325 of the Penal Procedure Code

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15
Jun

SSDP Welcomes the George Mason University Chapter!

I’m thrilled to introduce the newest SSDP chapter: George Mason University! Chapter leaders Samir Lal and Vincent Rado first reached out to us a few months ago and have been hard at work since getting the GMU chapter revived. I spoke with them about their success thus far and their plans for the future: How did you hear about SSDP? I had

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13
Jun

Introducing SSDP Pen Pals!

SSDP is a global network with chapters in 25 countries across all 6 habitable continents. However, due to distance, language, and cultural divides, we are not always as connected with our fellow SSDPers as we would like. As part of our ongoing efforts to connect our network, we are pleased to announce a new program: SSDP Pen Pals! Pen Pals

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12
Jun

The Nicaraguan Legislation on Cannabis.

This is part one of a series of blog posts that will be published this week by EPSD Nicaragua chapter leader Elvin Rodríguez Fabilena that will describe Nicaraguan policies on cannabis in terms of how they are written and how they are enforced. The blog posts encompass a research paper titled Cannabis Policy in Nicaragua: De Facto Decriminalization.The materials used were

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7
Jun

3rd CND Intersessional – An Update on Global Drug Policy

Written by Orsi Fehér, chapter leader of SSDP Österreich (SSDP Austria).  Three of us SSDPers from Austria found ourselves in a less than crowded meeting room at the Vienna International Center on the morning of Tuesday 6 June, where member states convened for the 3rd Intersessional Meeting of the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs. For the past week, we’ve been pondering: what

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6
Jun

Drug Policy and its Impact on Human Rights in Nicaragua.

By Elvin Francisco Rodríguez Fabilena, chapter leader of EPSD (SSDP) Nicaragua Nicaragua’s strategy to tackle drug trafficking and organized crime is a prohibitionist approach that could lead to prison overpopulation in the country and, in consequence, violate the human rights of people who use drugs. According to the Annual Report on Human Rights of Nicaragua of the Nicaraguan Centre for

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31
May

SSDP Members in Austria Campaign for Medical Cannabis

Written by Orsi Fehér, founder of University of Vienna SSDP in Vienna, Austria On May 26, the two founding members of SSDP Austria marched alongside supporters of medical Cannabis to hand over 10,000 signatures to Dr. Harald Dossi, the director of Parliament, in defense of sensible drug policies. The action in Vienna on Friday was led by Hemp Institute spokesman

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30
May

Participate in the 2017 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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23
May

Introducing the Georgetown Law SSDP Chapter

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest SSDP chapter in Washington, DC: Georgetown Law SSDP! Chapter leader Andy Gargano got the chapter started up just in time to host an interest meeting at the end of the semester, and has put together a solid crew of young activists who are looking forward to ending the drug war. I spoke with Andy

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2
Mar

Stigma, Addiction, & Recovery in Indonesia

SSDP Outreach Coordinator Jake Agliata was in Indonesia from February 14 to February 25 as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by the American Council for Young Political Leaders. This is the second of several blog posts that will serve as a small window into what drug policy, direct service, and activism is like in Indonesia. The first post can

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1
Mar

Introducing the Dean College Chapter!

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest established SSDP chapter in Massachusetts, Dean College! Chapter leader Liam Devine has been working to set up the chapter for about a year now and finally got things up and running this semester. I spoke with Liam about his progress thus far and what we can expect from Dean College SSDP moving forward: How

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16
Feb

Getting Sensible in Indonesia

SSDP Outreach Coordinator Jake Agliata is in Indonesia from February 14 to February 25 as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by the American Council for Young Political Leaders. This is the first of several blog posts that will serve as a small window into what drug policy, direct service, and activism are like in Indonesia. The War on

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31
Jan

SSDP Condemns Trump’s Executive Order on Immigrants and Refugees

Last Friday’s decision by President Trump to halt all immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries has been met with fervent opposition by U.S. civil society. Notable were the thousands of people who protested at airports, the hundreds of lawyers volunteering their time to help immigrants being detained, and a 15,000 person march in Washington, DC. As a global organization dedicated to

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27
Jan

Introducing the Syracuse University SSDP Chapter

I’m thrilled to announce that we have a new SSDP chapter in New York at Syracuse University! I spoke with the chapter leader, Analise Sesay, about what they have accomplished so far and discussed their goals for the future. How did you hear about SSDP? I was referred to SSDP by Kamani Jefferson. Why did you want to get involved/what made you

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8
Jan

International Youth Convening Commences in Bangkok

Bangkok is about to get hit with a heavy dose of sensibility. This week, 26 youth leaders from 21 different countries will be meeting in Bangkok, Thailand for the first ever International Youth Drug Strategies Convening. The goal of the convening is to bring together some of the sharpest young minds in drug policy reform & human rights advocacy from

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18
Nov

Recapping the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

  On November 5, 2016, approximately 35 SSDP students and alumni gathered in Washington, DC for the 2016 SSDP Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The event was a huge success despite some last minute logistical challenges and was a true testament to how the SSDP family can come together to make something beautiful happen. The conference emphasized coalition building and challenged students to

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24
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the NYU Shanghai Chapter!

The movement for sensible drug policy has officially spread into China! I’m thrilled to introduce everyone to the newest SSDP chapter at NYU Shanghai. I had a chance to meet with the students starting the chapter over the summer and was impressed with their passion towards ending the drug war. NYU Shanghai features a very diverse student body from all

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10
Oct

Introducing the Ithaca College SSDP Chapter!

I’m thrilled to announce that SSDP has returned to Ithaca College! After being inactive for a couple of years, the chapter has been revived by TJ Horgan, a sophomore journalism major. After chatting with me a month ago he immediately went to work forming an executive board and hosting an inaugural meeting. I spoke with TJ and his exec board

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6
Oct

Recapping the 2016 SSDP Northeast Regional Conference

SSDP’s first regional conference of the year was a huge success! A total of 57 students from chapters all over the Northeast Region gathered at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts on October 1st for a conference that emphasized coalition building both on and off campus. After students settled in with some coffee and breakfast, Lex Pelger of Psymposia led our

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3
Oct

Political Power, Points, and Pizza – Participate in SSDP’s Voter Registration Drive

We have more power than we know. We certainly have more power than we use. This year, there are more Americans under 35 who are eligible to vote than Boomer voters. And as fond as we may be of Boomers in our own lives, one thing is for sure: they don’t represent our interests when it comes to drug policy. This

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21
Sep

Introducing the First SSDP Chapter in Belgrade!

I’m very happy to introduce you all to SSDP’s first chapter in Eastern Europe: SSDP Belgrade! They have had six meetings so far and have really hit the ground running the last few months. The chapter has some exciting plans coming up that they would like to share with the rest of the SSDP network.  How did you hear about

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