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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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6
Mar

Announcing this year’s SSDP award nominees

At SSDP2019, we will recognize outstanding achievements of the SSDP network during the awards ceremony. We’re proud to announce the nominees for each award below. The awards ceremony is open to all registered attendees, so register today to join us. Congratulations and thanks for your hard work! Change Beyond Campus Justine Balane ‘18 EPSD Mexico Ferris State University SSDP Israel

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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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21
Feb

A sneak peek at SSDP2019 conference sessions

Our network has been working hard to develop the 28 breakout sessions that will take place at SSDP2019: The Global Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference in Chicago next month. Whether you’re interested in becoming a psychedelic-assisted therapist, workshopping your campaign plan, hearing what’s up with drug policy at the United Nations, or learning about drug checking and how to

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19
Feb

Chicago Harm Reductionists and Stakeholders Survey their Mayoral Candidates

The city of Chicago is preparing to elect their next mayor, and local stakeholders wanted to know their candidate’s thoughts on several key drug policy-related issues impacting the city. In order to do so, members of the Drug Users Health Collective of Chicago and the Chicago Drug Users Union drafted a survey of seven questions and received sign-on support from

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15
Feb

Introducing the SSDP Black Caucus

I’m Logan Ward ’17, Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s HBCU Outreach Intern, and I’m organizing SSDP’s first Black Caucus as part of our antiracism initiative. Race caucusing provides a space to commune with, heal with, and create alongside other self-identified people of color. My model for a Black Caucus comes out of a desire to center Africana ways of knowing

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15
Feb

Introducing our Rural Harm Reduction Policy Recommendations and Implementation Strategies

As a global network of students spanning vastly different communities and regions, it is important to give students the specific plans and tools necessary to create effective change in their neighborhoods. SSDP’s Rural Policy Working Group was created out of the desire of several students and SSDP alumni to collect and organize information to help activists in rural communities advocate

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14
Feb

Board of Directors Applications Due This Weekend

Applications to run for student director seats on our Board of Directors are due this Sunday, February 17th, at 11:59pm PST. Now is your chance to play a critical role in the everyday functionality of SSDP – from fundraising to organizational goal setting and everything in between. Our student Congress which, among other things, elects student directors, will take place

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4
Feb

Book your SSDP2019 conference travel this week

Now that you’re psyched about our keynote speakers, and plenaries, the next step is to make plans to get yourself to SSDP2019: The Global Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference! The cheapest flights are typically available 7-8 weeks in advance of your travel date. If you’re traveling by air to the conference, that means this week is the best time

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30
Jan

SSDP2019 plenaries and early bird discount deadline

Last week, we told you about our amazing keynote speakers, Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Steven Hawkins, JD, and Antwan Jefferson, Ph.D., and today we’re excited to announce the plenary sessions at our biggest event of the year, SSDP2019: The Global Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference: Beyond Drug Decriminalization: Local badasses transforming justice Highlighting local prison abolition and justice reform activists,

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