October Newsletter 2021

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Note from the team 

As we enter the fall season, Students for Sensible Drug Policy has seen the return to campus for many of our chapters for the first time in well over a year. As everyone re-adjusts to a world that is not quite post-COVID but growing nearer, young leaders around the world are eager to re-engage with their communities and continue the work of ending the War on Drugs in their local communities. 

To assist in that effort, SSDP Policy and Advocacy Director, Robert Hofmann ‘16, unveiled SSDP’s model municipal Resolution to Advance Sensible Drug Policy, which you can find here. Check out the replay of our webinar from last Thursday, October 7th, to hear directly from Rob, our student leaders, and our partners at the Parabola Center when they unveiled our policy, the folks who will be running with it, and our allies who will begin the process of creating a series of ordinances while we train our youth leaders on municipal law and policy!

Action Alerts 

United States Federal:

  • The MORE Act just passed in the House Judiciary Committee! We need you to tell your House Representative to vote YES on MORE!
  • EQUAL Act – Urge your Senator to eliminate the racist sentencing disparity between powdered and crack cocaine!

Local: 

New Activists and Chapters

  • California State University Long Beach
  • SSDP Serbia
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • University of San Diego
  • SSDP New Delhi
  • SSDP Wales
  • San Diego City College
  • Collingswood High School
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Sonoma State University 
  • Nova Southeastern University Tampa Bay
  • SSDP Limerick

CAT leaderboard

  1. Rochester SSDP
  2. Michigan State University 
  3. University of California Berkeley 
  4. University of New Haven 
  5. DePaul University 
  6. San Diego City College 
  7. Point Park University 
  8. Santa Clara University School of Law 
  9. Willamette University College of Law 
  10. SSDP New Zealand

Stats

  • Thirty-four new care packages put together to distribute to U.S. chapters
  • Three new staff members hired
  • Six ongoing campaigns to pass our Resolution to Advance Sensible Drug Policy
  • International Overdose Awareness Day Events held in over five countries across two continents
  • 54,708 Facebook followers
  • 6163 Instagram followers
  • 1336 Twitter followers

Network highlights

  • Michigan State University SSDP met with 3 state representatives and 1 local representative regarding drug decriminalization bills at the state and local level
  • Adler University SSDP trained more than 50 students on how to use naloxone during an on-campus event
  • Missoula SSDP distributed over 200 boxes (400 individual doses) of Narcan at Welcome Feast

From the blog

Upcoming events and days of action

These events include those which are hosted by SSDP global, or by SSDP chapters, or in which we are partners or co-hosts, or feature an SSDP member as a speaker. If your chapter is hosting an event that you’d like listed, please let your SSDP staff member know. Check the “Member Benefits” section for event discount codes!

Recommended reading and resources

Member Benefits

Jobs and opportunities

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