Jake Agliata

12
Sep

SSDP Welcomes the SUNY Albany Graduate School Chapter!

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest SSDP chapter in New York at SUNY Albany Graduate School! Over the past year, the SUNY Albany SSDP chapter has been among the most efficient and active chapters in the entire network. Several of the members, including chapter leader Lauren Parasconda, graduated last year and made the decision to start up a new SSDP

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14
Aug

The Need for Drug Policy Reform in Ghana and West Africa

By Isaiah Adegoke Jnr, a member of SSDP Ghana and a Fellow at the 3rd West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy. The 3rd Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy in West Africa, hosted from the 25th to 30th of July, 2016 at the University of Ghana, emphasized the need for a review of policies

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9
Aug

Rodrigo Duterte: Learn from the Failures of Mexico’s Drug War

Written by Chris Kent Lopez, an SSDP alum from the University of California Berkeley. Check out more of his writing on his personal blog, Reflexiones Sobre Nuestra America.  Presidential candidates in countries torn by drug production and trafficking win executive power by campaigning their commitment towards tackling organized crime and extracting corruption from institutions of governance. On June 30, 2016, Rodrigo Duterte,

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2
Aug

How to Participate in the 2016 International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. IOAD spreads the message

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1
Aug

SSDP Welcomes the Jindal Global Law School Chapter!

I am thrilled to announce that SSDP has it’s first ever chapter in India at Jindal Global Law School! Chapter Leader Samyak Gangwal has gotten off to a quick start, conducting his first meeting just days after chatting with me about starting a chapter for the first time. He is excited to bring sensibility to a campus drug policy that

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18
Jul

A Response to the Brooklyn K2 Overdoses

In response to an article comparing people under the influence of the synthetic cannabis substance K2 to “the walking dead,” CUNY Baruch SSDP chapter leader Leland Radovanovic submitted the following editorial to the NY Daily News.  Prohibition strikes again, this time in the form of a synthetic pseudo cannabinoid created as an alternative to cannabis that doesn’t show up on

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6
Jul

Should You Support California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act?

Written by Leland Radovanovic, chapter leader of CUNY Baruch College SSDP. This post originally appeared on The Odyssey Online.  The tide is coming in on cannabis legalization. Public consensus has never been higher. It’s time to legalize. One of the most important states may be next. California. They’ve had, for several decades now, a medical cannabis program. For better or

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30
Jun

Mexico: Instead of Denying Crimes Against Humanity, Commit to Drug Policy Alternatives

Written by Camila Ruiz Segovia, an intern with the Drug Policy Alliance and a member of Brown University SSDP. This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog. Earlier this month, the Open Society Foundations published a ground-breaking report, “Undeniable Atrocities”, which accuses the Mexican government of committing crimes against humanity during Mexico’s Drug War. The work presents evidence compiled over

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3
Jun

Participate in the 2016 Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action

Support. Don’t Punish. is a global advocacy campaign 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 to end the criminalisation of people who

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1
Jun

SSDP Welcomes the Boston College chapter!

I’m thrilled to announce our newest chapter in Massachusetts at Boston College! Getting the chapter approved by the campus administration proved to be challenging, but chapter leaders Marissa Acevado and Conor Kelly were able to make it happen right at the end of the semester. They are looking forward to educating their peers about harm reduction and drug use, raising

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25
May

SSDP Welcomes the Quinnipiac University Chapter

I’m thrilled to announce that SSDP has a brand new chapter at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut! Chapter leaders Anthony Arcamone and Bryan Hargrove first contacted me about starting up a chapter a few months ago, and since then have been able to secure recognition for their chapter by the school. I spoke with Anthony about his accomplishments thus far and

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13
May

Involuntary Treatment; Worse Than the Disease of Addiction?

Written by Santos Mendez, an SSDP Alumni from Florida State College The purpose of this writing is not to argue how or why I was placed in this facility, but more so to examine the treatment I received while under the direct care of medical professionals for my mental health. I would argue that the treatment offered by this facility

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6
May

Here Is Everything that Happened During UNGASS Week

The long-awaited United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) was a victory on paper for defenders of the status quo, but it’s clear that overall support for the international drug control regime is rapidly decreasing across the world. The weak outcome document, finalized last month in Vienna by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, was adopted on the first day of

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4
May

Virginia SSDP Chapters Launch "ReVAMP" Campaign

Written by Joe Melton, Vice President of Virginia Tech SSDP On April 20th, a couple months of planning came to fruition for SSDP chapters across Virginia as the ReVAMP campaign was finally kicked into gear. ReVAMP stands for Repealing Virginia Marijuana Prohibition and is primarily an effort to make the voices of Virginian youth heard on the issue of cannabis prohibition.

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15
Mar

SSDP at the 59th Commission on Narcotic Drugs

  The 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is scheduled for March 14 – March 22 in Vienna, Austria. Over the next several days, member states will start their final preparations for the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem. SSDP is here with our allies in CSSDP, SSDP UK, YODA,

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16
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the University of Massachusetts Amherst Chapter!

I’m thrilled to announce our newest Established chapter in the Northeast region, University of Massachusetts Amherst! I spoke with chapter leader Eli Kaplan about how things have gone on campus so far and what they are looking forward to accomplishing in the future: How did you hear about SSDP? I heard about SSDP through a family friend. Why did you

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3
Feb

Calling All Student Artists and Creative Minds!

Are you an artist who has a message to share about the harms of the Drug War? Do you feel strongly about how international drug control regimes affect youth all across the globe? Can you utilize your creative talents to draw a connection between drug policies and human rights? If you answered yes, then SSDP wants you to contribute to one

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21
Nov

Summary of Activities from Day One of SSDP's Model UNGASS

The first day of SSDP’s Model UNGASS is in the books. Delegates convened into three committees in order to approve recommendations that will be brought forth to the General Assembly session today at 1:30pm. What follows is a summary of the discussions in all three committees, as recorded by several student observers. For a description of each committee and the

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13
Nov

Seven Things We Learned from Speaking Truth to Power

Written by Cameron Price, chapter leader of the Victoria University of Wellington SSDP chapter in New Zealand. New Zealand is a nation of just four and a half million people and 121 members of parliament (MPs). As a result of our small size and relatively high number of politicians, access to decision-makers is better than usual. This is particularly true

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12
Nov

SSDP Welcome the University of Copenhagen Chapter!

I am extremely thrilled to announce that SSDP has expanded into Denmark with the establishment of the University of Copenhagen chapter! This pushes SSDP’s global presence to 9 total countries, including the United States, and is our first established chapter in Europe outside of Ireland. I spoke with chapter leader Anders Dahl and the rest of the chapter about their

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9
Nov

Submit Your Idea for SSDP's Action at the 2016 UNGASS!

On Monday April 18th, SSDP students and allies will board busses from our annual conference in Washington, DC to New York City to join allies in public demonstrations drawing attention to the 2016 UNGASS. This is an opportunity to bring youth voices together in one large action that will send a clear message to UN member states on the eve

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9
Nov

A Student Review of The Constitutional Protection Given by the Supreme Court for Production and Recreational Use of Cannabis in Mexico

This post was written as a collaboration between members of our Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México chapter and other students in Mexico City. Para leer en Español, vaya al final de la página.  November 4th, 2015. A historic, emblematic day in México City. Finally, an official validation for recreational marihuana use. And not just any validation, but the Supreme Court’s. Today, marihuana production for

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10
Oct

13th World Day Against the Death Penalty: Drug Crimes

Written by Sarah Merrigan, University of Nebraska Omaha SSDP Chapter Leader and UNGASS Coordinator Intern Saturday, October 10th marks the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty, and this year the focus is on the use of the capital punishment for drug-related crimes. While the use of capital punishment has generally declined over the last few decades, a report published this

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8
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Chapter

I am pumped to introduce our newest chapter in New York at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute! With the addition of RPI, SSDP now has a presence on 18 campuses in New York, one of the highest totals of any state in the country. In the month since this chapter started up, I have been blown away by their organization, compassion, and

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7
Oct

How Can Putin Solve Russia’s Drug Crisis?

Written by Sara Velimirovic, SSDP UNGASS Coordinator Intern and Ambassador at the Paris Institute of Political Studies Sciences Po A heroin epidemic is rampaging across Russia, and President Vladimir Putin seems to be dealing with this issue through a drug-war-like strategy. In other words, he is adding fuel to the fire while ignoring a smarter way to deal with this public health

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