Tag: ssdp

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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22
Apr

Summer Camp, not just for kids anymore!

The AMPLIFY Project is excited & honored to be taking part in the “Make a Difference” area yet again this year at Summer Camp Music Festival being held at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL from May 23rd-26th. One of the premier music festivals in the Midwest and country at large, Summer Camp will be starting the festival season off

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15
Apr

SSDP Chapter Leaders Newsletter April 2013

Hi there SSDP rockstars, Happy Spring! As promised, here is what’s new and on the horizon for Students for Sensible Drug Policy.   Take action CA: Help Reform Drug Possession Penalties in California NY: Support Medical Marijuana Legislation in New York CT: Support Good Samaritan Policies on School Campuses in Connecticut MO: Pass a Good Samaritan Policy in Missouri MA: Help Legalize Marijuana in Massachusetts

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9
Apr

Who Needs the AMPLIFY Project?

This blog was written by Evan Eisenberg, Founder & President of USF SSDP, as well as FL Regional Organizer for the AMPLIFY Project. I have always felt that the AMPLIFY Project is a vital asset to SSDP’s outreach, but recent events and conversations lead me to feel the need to reiterate the importance of the AMPLIFY Project to SSDP members

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15
Mar

SSDP Chapter Leaders Newsletter March 2013

Hi there SSDP rockstars! Can you believe it’s March already?  As promised, here is what’s new and on the horizon for Students for Sensible Drug Policy.   Take action Pass a Good Samaritan Policy in Missouri Pass a Good Samaritan Policy in New Hampshire Legalize Marijuana in Oregon Legalize Marijuana in Massachusetts Legalize Marijuana in Rhode Island Legalize Marijuana in

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6
Mar

AMPLIFY Artist Interview: Elliott Vaughn of The Malah

Trevor Hosterman, CO Regional Organizer for the AMPLIFY Project, recently sat down with Elliott Vaughn of The Malah before their blowout show at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver, CO to end their hugely successful 10th anniversary “ILLUMIN8 Tour”. They discussed why the live music community needs to speak out against the failed “War on Drugs”, what more could be done

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15
Feb

SSDP Chapter Leaders Newsletter February 2013

SSDP Chapter Leaders Newsletter February 2013 Hi there SSDP rockstars! We hope your chapters are off to a great start this semester. It’s looking to be quite a busy time for drug policy reform this winter. In addition to everything we’ve listed below, we wanted to let you in on some insider news… Next week, we will have some very

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15
Jan

SSDP Chapter Leaders Newsletter January 2013

Hi there SSDP rockstars! As we start the new year, we’re proud to bring to you the first ever SSDP chapter leaders newsletter.  From now on each month, we’ll send out a message like this that includes recent blog posts, new resources, upcoming events (online and offline), and other items of interest to SSDPers such as yourself. The idea is

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13
Nov

Election day drug policy results

As you know, this election day was an exciting one for drug policy reform. There is a lot we are proud to report, so it’s taken us a few days to get this message to you.  It’s been a crazy week (as you might imagine), and we wanted to take the time to get this important announcement right. Last Tuesday

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27
Jun

Six Former Presidents, Richard Branson and Other World Leaders: Criminalization of Drug Use Fuels the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Yesterday was an exciting day for SSDP, several students and our executive director, Aaron Houston, participated in the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (more on that in an upcoming blog post!) and the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a groundbreaking report highlighting the connection between the HIV pandemic and drug policy. The report is

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1
May

SSDP Mexico students participate in International Forum!

After the SSDP UNAM chapter read that the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) wanted to host a big international forum to discuss drug policy in Mexico, we knew we needed to be part of it—and act fast! Andrés wrote a letter to the organizers telling them that we wanted to participate at the forum, and it didn’t matter how. 

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27
Apr

SSDP 2012 brings first International Board Member

In case we haven’t met, my name is Graham de Barra and I am a founding member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Ireland and I attend the University College of Cork where I am currently campaigning for the acceptance of an SSDP chapter. A month ago, I attended the SSDP 2012 Conference in Denver. After a consecutive 30 hours

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19
Apr

Building Leadership in the Drug Policy Reform Movement

On the weekend of Friday the 20th to Sunday the 22nd of April, Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK will be hosting its third annual conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. This year’s conference is about building on the re-invigoration of grassroots involvement in the drug policy reform movement and ensuring all who wish to

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24
Feb

“Should Cannabis be Legalised in Ireland?”

“Should Cannabis be Legalised in Ireland?” Debate hosted by SSDP Ireland and the UCC Philosoph in Cork, Ireland. by Graham de Barra, SSDP Ireland In its opening event of the year, SSDP Ireland and the UCC Philosoph society hosted the debate, “Should Cannabis be Legalised in Ireland?” Thanks to fellow health campaigner Aodhrua McAb SSDP was given the opportunity to

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30
Nov

Chapter Leader of the Week

UM Ann Arbor SSDP Excutive Board Members Clockwise from top left: Nick, Jacob Fromm, Sebastian Swae-Shampine Sahana Rajan, Emily Basham, and Murphy VanSparrentak.   Name: Nick Zettell School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Chapter Position: President   SSDP: When did you first get involved with SSDP? Nick:My Freshman year I went to a mass meeting made some lifelong friends right then and there.

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2
Aug

My summer as an SSDP intern in Washington, DC

What a summer it has been interning with SSDP in our DC office.  I’ve had more fun and gained more experience than I could imagine over these two months! Whether it was helping organize the DC Vigil for the Victims of the War on Drugs in front of the White House, or attending Press Conferences with drug policy experts and celebrities, or

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29
Jul

NVCC SSDP Adopts A Highway

Recently, our chapter leaders at Northern Virginia Community College adopted a highway in northern Virginia.  Just like many other community groups and businesses have done to show their commitment to social good, they’re directly giving back to their local community by keeping a section of this highway clean.  (Also, this is quite possibly the first time that the words “Students

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28
Jul

House Cuts Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to Zero

When I attended SSDP’s National Training Conference and Lobby Day in March 2011, one presenter after another told me we had the power to make the change we want to see in the world. I have to say that I was a little skeptical.   The main focus of the conference was to train me and my fellow student activists how

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18
Jul

Chapter Leader Spotlight: Bradley Steinman

Bradley Steinman is one of SSDP’s newest activists and he’s already jumping into the world of drug policy reform with impressive ideas for building SSDP’s chapter network at law schools around the country. Bradley is forming SSDP’s first chapter at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. In the last year SSDP has, not surprisingly, seen a rise in interest from

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24
Jun

AMPLIFY Your Activism Contest

SSDP is incredibly excited to announce our AMPLIFY Your Activism Contest! We’ve teamed up with our friends and supporters Slightly Stoopid and put together a killer prize that includes 2 VIP tickets to a Slightly Stoopid show of your choice* and lots of other awesome swag like a poster signed by the band members, SSDP t-shirts and a $100 gift card for Seedless

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31
May

(Moving) Office Space, SSDP-Style (VIDEO)

After about a decade in our national headquarters on Connecticut Avenue, this is our last day here. While we’re sad to say goodbye, we’re excited about our new office space in downtown Washington, D.C. We’ll tell you more about our new space soon and include some video. But for now, remember that part from the movie, Office Space, where employees

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29
Apr

Easy Star All Stars and Medical Marijuana

When Trevor Hosterman from West Chester SSDP volunteered to table the April 17th Easy Star All Stars/Cas Haley show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA, he had no idea he’d end up on stage with the band. ESAS and Cas Haley are both in the AMPLIFY project family of artists, but not until now has an artist given our chapters

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8
Apr

Outstanding Student Activist Award: Christopher Pezza

At the 2011 SSDP Awards Dinner, Christopher Pezza was one of only two students recognized for their outstanding activism within SSDP. Impressively, Chris has formed not one, but two SSDP chapters that are both currently active in Colorado. First, he organized students at Front Range Community College in Longmont. Under his leadership, the FRCC chapter worked on numerous campaigns and helped spread

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31
Mar

Chapter Leader of the Week: Brandon Levey

Brandon Levey Junior at the University of Maryland, College Park Co-President with Zach Brown at UMD SSDP (longest active chapter in SSDP history, and still going strong!) SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? LEVEY: I first got active in SSDP at the end of my first semester in college, in the spring semester of 2009. I looked through

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16
Mar

Mexico: First National Congress held

Mexico City, Mexico — On the eve of SSDP’s annual training conference in Washington, DC, students at Mexico City’s National School of Anthropology (ENAH) are preparing to hold their first national congress, from 11 – 14 April. Called “The History and Practice of Drugs: An Anthropological Vision,” the students at the ENAH hope to dispel myths and inform various university

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