Tag: Latin America


An Update on the International Activities Fund

This summer, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Students for Sensible Drug Policy launched the International Activities Fund (IAF) to give our members outside the United States additional support to end the War on Drugs in their countries. We are happy to report that we have funded seven deserving project proposals in six different countries on three continents. Read

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SSDP Mexico Students Tackle Drug Policy in Bolivia

Over the last month, Abril Galván Ferrera and Jorge Antonio Aragón of EPSD(SSDP) Mexico have been working at the Kuymi Center in La Paz, Bolivia. A project conceived by the EPSD Bolivia chapter, Acción Semilla, and AIESEC, the Kuymi Center utilizes art and evidence-based education to educate Bolivian citizens and students about the harms of the War on Drugs and

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In México, SSDP Activists Fight Violence and Stigma Caused by the War on Drugs

Earlier this week we announced the launch of the International Activities Fund, which will assist SSDP activists around the world who don’t have access to the same resources often used by young people in the United States. Our goal is to raise $10,000 during the month of July to kickstart the fund. Today, we want to share a story from Marisa

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Apply to Volunteer with EPSD Bolivia / Aplicar para ser Voluntario con EPSD Bolivia

Una traducción al español está abajo. Have you ever thought it would be cool to travel to another country and see drug policy reform from a different cultural perspective? Now might be your chance! In collaboration with Acción Semilla and AIESEC, the SSDP chapter in Bolivia (EPSD Bolivia) is launching a new educational cultural space that will specialize in drug

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Marijuana’s Path to Legality in Mexico

Written by Arturo Lua Castillo, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern. Although marijuana legalization in Mexico lacks appeal amongst much of the public and is still a subject of stigma and misinformation, the country has recently taken crucial steps towards legalization. A Different Process In the United States, marijuana policy reform has primarily taken shape through state-wide ballot initiatives which have resulted

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DACA: The Status Today and Why Drug Reformers Should Care

Written by Arturo Lua Castillo, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern. Arturo has previously written about DACA here.  DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an immigration policy designed to give those who arrived undocumented in the US as children a chance to legally attend school and work. The justification for passing this policy was that many of these immigrants came

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Spring Break…and The War on Drugs

Written by Arturo Lua Castillo ’16, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern and Chapter Leader of SUNY Albany SSDP.  Beautiful beaches, sunny resorts, and Mexico’s murder capital; all these things describe Acapulco. Once a sprawling tourist mecca visited by A-list celebrities, the city has become the prime example of how the War on Drugs creates incentives for violence and instability. A

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¿Por qué no legalizan todas las drogas en México?

El siguiente artículo, que presenta una entrevista con una líder de EPSD México, Emma Rodríguez Romero, fue publicado el 12 de febrero por Red Letter, una revista mexicana en línea. Lee el artículo completo aquí. El debate sobre la despenalización de la mariguana se abrió nuevamente tras las declaraciones, a nivel personal, del secretario de Turismo, Enrique de la Madrid, quien señaló que

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A Drug Policy Activist’s Crash Course in Decoloniality (Part 2)

Decoloniality, also referred to as decolonialism, is a term principally used by Latin American activists which focuses on unlinking modern society from colonial influences that have been ingrained in the region for the past 500 years. This two-part series by Arturo Lua Castillo, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern, will examine how decoloniality is a crucial component to reforming drug policies in

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Notes For Critical Thinking About Bolivian Drug Policy – Old Oppressions, New Actors

*The following is a translated text, originally written in Spanish by Patricia Chulver Benitez of Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas, Bolivia (SSDP Bolivia). This is the final part of a three-part series outlining the challenges to sensible drug policy in South America, specifically in Bolivia. It is our hope that these narratives can shed light on the amount

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