Tag: Latin America

10
Jan

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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8
Nov

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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9
Jul

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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4
Jun

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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11
May

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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23
Apr

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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29
Mar

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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20
Feb

¿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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4
Jan

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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1
Dec

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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30
Nov

A Drug Policy Activist’s Crash Course in Decoloniality (Part 1)

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

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7
Nov

Notes for Critical Thinking about Bolivian Drug Policy – Prohibition as a Social Construct

*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 second 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 of

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26
Oct

Notes for Critical Thinking about Bolivian Drug Policy – Introduction

*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 first 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 of

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6
Oct

Help our SSDP Family in Mexico Get a New Office

Español al final de la página Two weeks ago, Central Mexico was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that caused a large amount of damage in the states of Puebla and Morelos as well as the Greater Mexico City area. The disaster caused the deaths of 361 people and injured 6,000 others. In addition, over 200 buildings collapsed, including schools

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13
Sep

Ending DACA Puts Young Refugees of the Drug War at Risk

Written by Arturo Lua Castillo, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration policy initiated in 2012 by the Obama administration. The premise of the program is simple; if you were brought to the United States before the age of 16 and lived in the US continuously since June 15, 2007, you are eligible

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18
Jul

Magic Mushrooms, Tourism, and the Erasure of Mazatec Culture

Written by Gabriel Eduardo Estrada Martínez, a member of Estudiantes Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas, Mexíco (SSDP Mexíco) and an indigenous Mazateco currently doing anthropological research on the use of sacred plants in Mexico. Translation by Arturo González. For any country, the objective of tourism is to help bolster the economy by exposing native art, magic, and nature to curious

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12
Jun

The Nicaraguan Legislation on Cannabis.

This is part one of a series of blog posts that will be published this week by EPSD Nicaragua chapter leader Elvin Rodríguez Fabilena that will describe Nicaraguan policies on cannabis in terms of how they are written and how they are enforced. The blog posts encompass a research paper titled Cannabis Policy in Nicaragua: De Facto Decriminalization.The materials used were

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6
Jun

Drug Policy and its Impact on Human Rights in Nicaragua.

By Elvin Francisco Rodríguez Fabilena, chapter leader of EPSD (SSDP) Nicaragua Nicaragua’s strategy to tackle drug trafficking and organized crime is a prohibitionist approach that could lead to prison overpopulation in the country and, in consequence, violate the human rights of people who use drugs. According to the Annual Report on Human Rights of Nicaragua of the Nicaraguan Centre for

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28
Nov

Recapping the 2016 Latin America Regional Conference

Written by Héctor Joel Anaya From 3rd to 4th November, students from around Latin America attended our first Latin American Regional Conference in Morelia, Michoacán. Morelia is one of the states that has been most affected by the Mexican Drug War since former president Felipe Calderon started it ten years ago. The conference was divided into three big topics; health, policy, and

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21
Oct

La Caravana Contra Represión en México Begins US Speaking Tour

Written by Jacki Moreira, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern.  Two days ago, the Caravan Against Repression in Mexico arrived in Boston to begin their month long journey through the US. The Caravan will be traveling through 18 different cities, including a stop in Chicago this weekend to speak at the SSDP Midwest Regional Conference. The “War on Drugs”, fabricated in the US to

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6
Sep

Why Hasn’t There been Any Justice for the Victims of Ayotzinapa?

Two weeks ago, we published a call to action on the 23 month anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural School. Today, SSDP Latin America Policy Intern Jacki Moreira takes a look at why investigations into the disappearances have yielded no results or arrests.  Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI) As mentioned in the previous blog post,

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26
Aug

Call to Action: Demand Justice for Ayotzinapa Victims and an End to State-Sponsored Repression

Written by Jacki Moreira, SSDP’s Latin American Policy Intern September 26th, 2016 will mark 2 years since 43 students of la Escuela Normal Raúl Isidro Burgos, or the Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa, disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero. The Normal de Ayotzinapa is a college where Campesinos lived and studied to become teachers serving in their own rural communities. Rural normal colleges

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25
Dec

Legalization Enthusiasm on the March in Latin America

In a region where drug possession is already widely decriminalized, there are now signs of enthusiasm for farther-reaching reforms. In the wake of the first marijuana legalization bill passed in Latin America, there are signs that some other countries in the region are interested in following Uruguay’s example. The movement is not limited to poor or relatively wealthy countries, and

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18
May

The "Third" Way of the Federal Government

Last week, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy spoke before the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission.  As expected, he touted the effectiveness of the newly unveiled “Third Way” strategy that the U.S. government is currently promoting.  He framed the third-way as the “middle ground approach to drug policy” between legalization and regulation of

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25
Aug

First Latin American Conference on Drug Policy

Wow. I can’t believe it has been almost two weeks since I returned from my trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the very first Latin American Conference on Drug Policy was held August 7-8. I have finally recovered from my amazing adventures, and I am so motivated for the future of global drug policy. After my visit to Buenos Aires, it has

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