Action

7
Aug

Submit your proposals for this year’s SSDP Strategy Summit

Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s international team and Board are doing things differently for this year’s Strategy Summit. We will be working to develop a multi-year strategy to guide the organization through these uncertain times and beyond, and we cannot do this without your help! The development of this strategy will be rolled out in phases, and we will be
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9
Jul

SSDP Students launch global Black Lives Matter Hackathon

Written by Shot Khan '16, co-founder of James Madison University SSDP As a Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter founder, a DanceSafe chapter President, and a Computer Scientist, I have always wanted to merge my passions of Computer Science and Criminal Justice together. So, this past year,  another SSDPer who started JMU Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Virginia DanceSafe
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30
Jun

Drug Policy and Digital Rights: June 30th and July 1st Calls for Action

By Erica Darragh ’14, SSDP Board Member and Sunrise Movement distributed organizer It is undeniable that we are living in a historic moment, comparable to the cultural awakening of the 1960s that fueled the Civil Rights, anti-war, and counterculture movements. The United States is being confronted with its racism during the most important election of our lifetimes, and ideas that

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15
Jun

Congress: Amend and pass Justice in Policing now!

The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is an extensive federal poling reform bill that addresses many of the policies that give police outsized power -- and inadequate accountability -- in communities. Unfortunately, it's just not sensible enough. Act today to tell Congress: Our communities deserve better! Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Tamir Rice,
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10
Jun

SSDP UK Committee Statement of Solidarity

SSDP’s UK committee stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those currently protesting against police brutality in the US, the UK and across the globe. George Floyd was an unarmed black man who was killed after a police officer from Minneapolis, USA, kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes, while telling the police officers surrounding him

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9
Jun

His Name is Justin Howell

CW: police violence Over the weekend, SSDP learned that Justin Howell, a Texas State University student, was critically injured at a protest in Austin this week. SSDP condemns the authoritarian suppression of public demonstrations in Austin and across the world regarding the movement for black lives. We send our best wishes to Justin for a speedy and complete recovery and
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9
Jun

Participate in the Global Drug Survey

Got a spare 15 minutes? The Global Drug Survey wants to know about your drug and alcohol use during COVID-19. The Global Drug Survey (GDS) runs the world’s biggest annual drug survey. Consistent with their mantra of having “honest conversations about alcohol and other drugs”, the GDS asks people around the world about their recreational drug habits through a confidential

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5
Jun

DEA, Go Away!

Our nation is confronting the latest spate of escalated violence in a centuries-long epidemic of police brutality against people of color. As #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd demonstrators turn out all over the world, the Drug Enforcement Administration is conducting warrantless surveillance and enforcement against any federal crime committed in association with those very demonstrations! Click here to call on Congress to protect your
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3
Jun

How to protect yourself while protesting

Around the world, Black Lives Matter and other protesters have gathered to demand an end to police violence, specifically the murders of Black Americans at the hands of the police, as well as systemic and interpersonal racism. In the wake of the protests, the executive branch of the United States government has taken alarming measures such as activating the National
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2
Jun

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Statement of Solidarity with Uprisers and the Movement for Black Lives

Black Lives Matter and SSDP members around the world reacted with horror, again, at the murder, again, of an unarmed black person by police. On May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis, MN, USA, police officer used lethal force and knelt on the neck of George Floyd for nearly nine minutes, a 46-year old black man who was unarmed, not resisting, and
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2
Jun

Join SSDPers next week for our Virtual Lobby Day

On June 11, Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter members, alumni, and staff will be gathering together (remotely!) for SSDP’s first Virtual Federal Lobby Day to press the United States Congress for action on two critical issues:  Addressing policing and police accountability. We’re working in coalition with our allies to promote a comprehensive Federal response to police brutality. Congress must
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11
May

3 Ways You Can Help Our Global Network

We just had our most accessible and diverse conference to date, and we hope you all really enjoyed it! We want to make sure we can make SSDP as accessible as possible for our members across the globe all year round. If you want to see some of the incredible achievements by the Global Program this year, take a look

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30
Mar

Support. Don’t Punish Applications Open: Deadline April 17th

If you would like to support the activities of the Global Program, consider donating to the International Activities Fund.   We’re coming up on that brilliant time of year, when SSDPers across the world join together to celebrate IDPC’s Support. Don’t Punish international day of action. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage in a network wide campaign, where events

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26
Feb

Leeds University Union Mandated to Supply Reagent Kits to the Student Body

Written by: Matt Port ‘19 SSDP Leeds Chair and SSDP UK Committee Chair This year, Leeds University Union (LUU) passed a referendum that requires them to provide free reagent drug checking kits on campus! This a direct result of the actions of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Leeds, and we’re so excited about working with LUU on making it happen.

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26
Feb

The First 6 Months of Starting a Chapter – Trinity College Dublin

Written by Trinity College Dublin Chapter Vice President Amie Hogan ’19. After our President, Eolann Davis ‘19, spoke about establishing a chapter in Trinity, I couldn’t not get involved. I was shocked that something like this didn’t already exist in my university, especially with the increasing amounts of students using drugs. Establishing this chapter was not completely plain sailing. Our

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20
Feb

Ban Facial Recognition on Campus Day of Action

Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Fight for the Future's campaign to stop facial recognition on campus is building major momentum for our March 2nd National Day of Action. Just this week, UCLA reversed its plans to implement facial recognition as a direct result of the campaign. FFTF Deputy Director, Evan Greer (she/her) states:  “Let this be a lesson to
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17
Feb

Michigan SSDP Chapters Prepare Their Expungement Push at Civic Engagement Conference

Written by: Sarah Noon ‘18, Oakland Community College SSDP President Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapters from Oakland Community College and Wayne State University organized and coordinated a breakout session on the topic of sensible drug policy at Michigan Democratic Institution for Civic Engagement’s 2020 Student Engagement Conference. Sarah Noon ‘18, president and founder of OCC SSDP, serves as the

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11
Feb

SSDP Report Card for January 2020

Note from the team It’s hard to believe that #Sensible2020 + Lobby Day, our international conference, will kick off in seven weeks and four days! And eight weeks from today, we’ll be following up from dozens of meetings on Capitol Hill after our Lobby Day, when 100 or more chapter and alumni members, alongside allies, will have carried our message
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28
Jan

Take Action to Ban Facial Recognition on Campus

Recently, we announced the launch of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Fight for the Future’s #BanFacialRecognition campaign. Facial recognition is invasive, biased, and a threat to everyone's basic rights and safety -- which you can read about in this article about our campaign on Vice. SSDP recognizes that mass criminalization and mass incarceration are consequences of prohibitionist policies. Thus,
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21
Jan

SSDP at the UN – High Level Policy Advocacy Webinar

We are happy to announce the second date for our UN advocacy webinar on Thursday, January 30th at 17:30 CET (11:30am EST, 8:30am PST). If you would like to participate, please email Orsi at orsi.feher@ssdp.org! The webinar will follow the flow of SSDP’s Youth Advocacy Handbook, introducing the global drug control system and the latest developments taking place around the

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10
Dec

SSDP Report Card for November

Note from the team The SSDP Report Card for November is out! Read on for the latest in chapter news (it sure was a busy month for SSDPers!), see where our newest chapters have been founded, check out a growing list of events we’re proud to partner on, and so much more. Since it’s December, we know you’re hearing from

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22
Nov

Tell us how we’re doing: European Feedback Form

Hey SSDPers in Europe, it’s your time to shine! As you know, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy staff has expanded in recent years with the vision of building a truly international network and reforming drug policies worldwide. Our Global Program Coordinator has been working tirelessly with our Global Fellows to support our ever-growing and culturally diverse network. Now is

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19
Nov

Action Alert: Support marijuana justice in 3 minutes

Tomorrow will be a historic day on Capitol Hill: for the very first time, a Congressional committee will consider a bill that ends marijuana prohibition. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 (MORE Act) will be marked up in the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow, the critical first step toward consideration by the full House of Representatives and replacing

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15
Nov

SSDP Report Card for October 2019

The Students for Sensible Drug Policy Report Card for October is out! Read on for the latest in SSDP news, see where our newest chapters have been founded, check out a growing list of events we’re proud to partner on, learn about opportunities to take action, and more. Thank you for staying in touch and for staying committed to our

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25
Sep

We won, but we’re not done!

Our voices have been heard, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the first stand-alone marijuana reform legislation! H.R. 1595, the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, protects cannabis consumers, employees, and small businesses by allowing access to banking for state-legal entities. We’re celebrating, and we’re gearing up for tomorrow when we’ll keep pushing onward toward full federal legalization of cannabis

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