Newsletters

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Apr

SSDP Report Card for March 2020

Note from the team As we continue preparation for #Sensible2020: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference, your SSDP team has been hard at work connecting members to the concerns emerging from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and economic uncertainties. SSDP members have been joining in virtual actions to release people who are imprisoned, working with our allies in communities to protect and
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13
Mar

SSDP Report Card for February 2020

Note from the team This month, we had expected to be sharing exciting developments about our upcoming conference, #Sensible2020. We’re still working hard to make sure we’re providing our dedicated members with a platform for sharing, learning, and networking, even though we won’t be able to gather in-person. Soon, we’ll be posting information about #Sensible2020: the Virtual SSDP Conference &
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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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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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7
Oct

SSDP Report Card for September 2019

The SSDP Report Card for September is out!  Read on for the latest in chapter news, see where our newest chapters have been founded, check out a growing list of events we’re proud to partner on, and — new this month! — a monthly roundup of Just Say Know drug education news and activities. Thank you for staying in touch

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27
Feb

February 2017 Monthly Mosaic: Love and Drugs- Social Alienation and Problematic Drug Use

In the 1980s, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America released a television advertisement showing a rat, alone, in a cage. The rat had been given two water bottles: one with plain water, and one laced with cocaine. “Only one drug is so addictive, nine out of ten laboratory rats will use it. And use it. And use it. Until dead.

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17
Jan

January 2017 Monthly Mosaic: Immigration and the War on Drugs

IMMIGRATION AND THE WAR ON DRUGS Simple drug use or possession, particularly of marijuana, is one of the most common reasons that people are criminalized in the United States. In some cases, individuals with drug charges are even asked to leave the United States. This is how the War on Drugs disenfranchises immigrants. Drug laws passed in the 1980s and

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14
Dec

November/December 2016 Monthly Mosaic: Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines, and the War on Drugs Internationally

On May 9th of this year, Rodrigo Duterte was elected President of the Philippines in a landslide, thanks in large part to an aggressively pro-drug war agenda. Duterte campaigned on a “tough on crime” platform centered around a plan to offer bounties to those who turn in drug lords, dead or alive, and has since encouraged Filipino citizens take to

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31
Oct

October 2016 Monthly Mosaic: Election 2016 and the War on Drugs

The days are quickly ticking down to November 8th, and we’re all feeling the pressure to make sure we’re informed, registered to vote, and know who and what we’ll be voting for. The U.S. is gearing up to chose our next president, cannabis initiatives are on the ballot in nine states, and, of course, there are several down ballot elections

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26
Sep

September Monthly Mosaic: State-Sponsored Repression and the War on Drugs

STATE-SPONSORED REPRESSION AND THE WAR ON DRUGS Two years ago today, 43 students of la Escuela Normal Raúl Isidro Burgos, also known as  the Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa—a residential college for peasant farmers studying to become teachers serving in their own rural communities—disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero. Rural normal colleges, such as the Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa, are a legacy of

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30
Aug

August Monthly Mosaic: Back-to-School: Building an Inclusive Chapter

Back-to-School: Building an Inclusive Chapter Summer is coming to an end, and, if it hasn’t started already, the beginning of the school year is quickly approaching. Recruiting members is one of the first and most important actions that chapters can take to build their network and engage other student activists. Planning out how you will conduct outreach and organize actions

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25
Jul

July 2016 Monthly Mosaic: The Prison Industrial Complex and the War on Drugs

July 2016 Monthly Mosaic The Prison Industrial Complex and the War on Drugs Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s original motto was “Schools Not Prisons,” in response to the “Aid Elimination Penalty,” an amendment added to the Higher Education Act in 1998, which excluded students with drug convictions from receiving federal financial aid to attend institutions of higher learning. In early

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21
Jun

June Monthly Mosaic: Families and the War on Drugs

In mainstream conversations about families and drugs, parents are tasked with protecting their children from the evils of drug abuse. However, this narrative drastically oversimplifies the many ways in which families experience drugs and drug use, glossing over the serious problems caused by drug war policies themselves. Even otherwise positive drug policy reforms frequently overlook parents and families, perpetuating the

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19
May

May Monthly Mosaic: Mental Health and the Drug War

In 1980, there were 40,900 people incarcerated for drug offenses; by 2013, this number increased to 489,000. The vast majority of drug arrests are for possession, leaving the criminal justice system to address substance use and addiction, which it often does inadequately at best. According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report issued in 2006, slightly more than half

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15
Apr

April Monthly Mosaic: The #SSDP2016 Issue

  It’s conference time! Today marks the first day of SSDP2016—the biggest and best SSDP conference we’ve had to date. With UNGASS 2016—a United Nations’ General Assembly special session on “the world drug problem”—around the corner, drug policy reformers from around the world have been working overtime mobilizing, strategizing, and strengthening their coordinated efforts to change global perceptions and policy

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15
Mar

March Monthly Mosaic: Women and the War on Drugs

Women and the War on Drugs Though men are often seen as the primary targets of the drug war, women have long been on the frontlines. Women comprise one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. prison population. Two-thirds of women in federal prison are there for nonviolent drug offenses. Three quarters are mothers—many of them sole caregivers. Pregnant women

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22
Feb

February Monthly Mosaic: Black Lives Matter and the War on Drugs

Black Lives Matter and the War on Drugs The War on Drugs was founded on racist principles, so it’s no surprise that the movement to reform drug policy has strong ties to the civil rights movement for people of color. However, with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the implicit racism inherent in the War on Drugs has

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14
Jan

January Monthly Mosaic: New Year's Resolutions

January Monthly Mosaic New Year’s Resolutions Happy New Year from SSDP’s Diversity Awareness, Response and Education Committee! While we usually use this space to educate about an area of intersectionality with drug policy, in celebration of the new year, this Monthly Mosaic is dedicated to some New Year’s resolutions we’re making. We hope you’ll not only join us, but share

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21
Dec

December Monthly Mosaic: Religion and the Drug War

Note: You may have received this email blast by mistake today. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you are interested in receiving these emails, please email Frances at frances@ssdp.org. Thank you! In the modern American context, religious communities are often viewed as natural enemies of drug policy reform. However, not only is there a growing movement

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4
Dec

SSDP Alumni Association Newsletter: Fall 2015

I’m excited to share the first edition of SSDP’s Alumni Association newsletter with you. The Association’s Leadership Board decided to provide this newsletter after alumni reported they wanted to hear from SSDP more, know what the national organization, individual chapters, and fellow alumni are doing. In each issue, we will highlight at least one chapter and an alumnus, as well

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16
Nov

November 2015 Monthly Mosaic: Transgender Awareness and the Drug War

Transgender Awareness and the Drug War On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the modern LGBTQ movement. Forty-six years later, to the month,  the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, a historic victory that has opened up the way for further reforms. Just as marijuana legalization can be considered the “face” of the drug policy reform

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15
Sep

September Monthly Mosaic: Privilege and the Drug War

Privilege and the Drug War The Monthly Mosaic is a new resource brought to you by Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Diversity Awareness, Reflection and Education Committee (DARE). With a name reminiscent of the many different life experiences and viewpoints that intersect in drug policy, the Monthly Mosaic aims to expand your awareness of the variety and intersectionality of issues

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7
Oct

Chapter Leaders Newsletter October 2014

Hello again SSDP rock stars! Here is your October installment of our monthly Chapter Leaders Newsletter. It’s packed with information and updates from all over the SSDP network. Please make sure to forward these newsletters along to your chapter members. We want to make sure every SSDP student is in the know and that they get the resources they need!

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15
Jun

SSDP Chapter Leaders Newsletter June 2013

Hi again SSDP rockstars! We hope you are all enjoying your summer! Here is another installment of our monthly chapter leaders newsletter to keep you in the loop about what’s new and on the horizon for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. 2013 Federal Marijuana Lobby Day This past June, SSDP students from across the country came to Washington, D.C. to

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15
May

SSDP Chapter Leaders Newsletter May 2013

Hi again SSDP rockstars! Here is what’s new and on the horizon for Students for Sensible Drug Policy.   Leadership transition resources   It’s almost the end of the Spring semester, which for a lot of people means you’ll be moving on to new things. Whether that move is into a new chapter officer position, or walking across the stage

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