Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Washington, D.C. / Washington, D.C. / United States
Description: Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact of drug misuse on our communities, but who also know that the “War on Drugs” is failing our generation and our society.
SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future. SSDP does this while fighting back against counterproductive policies – in particular, those that directly harm students and youth.
Address: 1011 O St. NW #1 20002 Washington, D.C. / Washington, D.C. / United States United States
Are you curious how the pandemic effected young people and their drug use? Our side event will explore just that.
Join us for the only youth-led side event at the 64th Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs where Students for Sensible Drug Policy and YouthRISE are hosting an interactive panel discussion, entitled “The Impacts of COVID-19 on Young People’s Drug Use”. During this incredible session on the 14th of April 2021 at 13:10 CET / 7:10 EDT, youth advocates and organisers from Argentina, Ireland, South Africa and the United Kingdom will be discussing the research and service provision they have conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Register now at this link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/SSDP-at-CND-64
This year, the resilience of our movement was put to the test and once again, we have proven the strength that young people have: We are proud to announce that Students for Sensible Drug Policy International (https://ssdp.org/ssdp-international/) has published its first Internationally-focussed Annual Report.
In December 2020, SSDP International was founded in Vienna, Austria. It is a sister organisation to SSDP Foundation (headquartered in Washington D.C, US), and manages SSDP’s presence in over 30 countries and in international advocacy spaces. This strategic move is helping us develop our national and regional networks and to create new, more distributed decision making processes. We are more dedicated than ever to fostering the SSDP movement across the world.
Jason Ortiz is SSDP's new Executive Director! In addition to being a longstanding alumnus of our network, Jason has been on the frontlines of the cannabis equity movement and has led over a dozen races for elected office as campaign manager and political consultant, bringing significant experience to the youth movement to end the War on Drugs.
Additionally, multiple SSDP chapters across the network started or made significant gains on their policy priorities, which you can read about in our Network Highlights: https://ssdp.org/blog/february-2021-report-card/
Our new year started with 12 new chapters and the election of our first ever international board!!!! Read more about the Global Office here https://ssdp.org/blog/general-assembly-recap-2021/ and check out the highlights of January from across the World here https://ssdp.org/blog/january-2021-report-card/
2020 has been a unique year ... Check out our top10 highlight of the year: https://ssdp.org/blog/our-top-ten-of-2020/
We have three new chapters in Ireland, the UK and New Zealand YEAY! Read more about our activities in our November Report Card: https://ssdp.org/blog/november-2020-report-card/
Our October report card is out!
We opened our International office in Vienna and welcomed 6 six new chapters in September! Read more here: https://ssdp.org/blog/september-2020-report-card/
This school year, many of our student members are starting their semesters during an unprecedented pandemic, with confusing campus reopening timelines, virtual classes, and a long lasting separation from their friends and their communities.
Read our monhtly report card to see how we are continuing our work during these challenging times: https://ssdp.org/blog/august-2020-report-card/
SSDP IS SEEKING A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!
We are looking for a capable leader, preferrably with a background in international organizing who will provide coordination of the organization’s overall mission and vision. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director manages the daily operations of the global organization, which presently includes the immediate supervision of 6 staff members and 4 major contractors based in 4 different countries.
Check out the full job description here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1izIMj5khjZR0mvMMpzh-kUnU_dhBS3Ey7tuZN9IaxXg/edit?ts=5f3eca22#
We look forward to receive your application :)
SSDP has just appointed a new Development Director and our Global Program expansion is underway despite COVID difficulties!
In July, Students for Sensible Drug Policy celebrated the achievements of our members during Global Week. To provide even more support to our members all over the world, our Global Program will be expanding. Over the next year, the SSDP Global Team will establish an office in Vienna to access new funding opportunities, increase our presence at the United Nations, and create a structure that accommodates regional and cultural differences across our network.
Read more about our unusual summer here: https://ssdp.org/blog/july-2020-report-card/
Support. Don't Punish the Youth! A De-Centralized E-Conference
from 2020-06-26 00:00:00 to 2020-06-26 00:00:00
The Paradigma Youth Coalition is inviting you to our first youth-led decentralised e-conference.
The Paradigma Youth Coalition amplifies young peoples voices as well as providing support as they independently organise educational online events that respond to local and regional needs on the occasion of commemorating the World Drug Day and the Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action.
We will be streaming the webinars on our website/youtube channel on the day of :)
The Paradigma Youth Coalition is hosting a decentralised e-conference with the aim to connect young people, youth led communities and organisations that are active in drug policy reform, harm reduction, education and advocacy.
<br> The Paradigma Youth Coalition amplifies young peoples voices as well as providing support as they independently organise educational online events that respond to local and regional needs on the occasion of commemorating the World Drug Day and the Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action.
JOIN US: https://www.facebook.com/events/570414123669790/
As we continue preparation for #Sensible2020: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference, the team has been hard at work connecting members to the concerns emerging from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and economic uncertainties, as well as virtual actions and tools to help protect their communities.
Scroll through our March report card for more information on this work, and stay sensible <3
For many, December is a quiet month, but if you follow us on social media, you already know that we have been as busy as ever. You can read all about what we were up to - https://ssdp.org/blog/ssdp-report-card-for-december-2019/
SSDP is working to revive it's UK arm with an ever expanding chapter count in England and Ireland... read more about what our activists have been up to this fall on our blog: https://ssdp.org/blog/ssdp-report-card-for-october-2019/
September was a huge month for SSDP International with our first African Leaders Traning Session, 4 new chapters and appearing on national radio in Ireland. Read more on our blog... https://ssdp.org/blog/ssdp-report-card-for-september-2019/
SSDP's Europe Global Fellow, Orsi Feher, has addressed the CND during this year's the thematic discussions on chapter four of the UNGASS outcome document, Operational recommendations on cross-cutting issues: Drugs and human rights, youth, children, women and communities. Orsi's speech highlighted our peer-education program, Just Say Know and introduced the global youth coalition, Paradigma's Asks for the upcoming High Level Ministerial Segment in 2019.
We are preparing for the reconvened session in December with translations of the Youth Asks for every delegation to understand how they can truly "leave noone behind".
SSDP chapters in Europe celebrate World Drug Day #SupportDontPunish #youthactivism
Elena from SSDP Austria spoke on the non-medical use of Cannabis Sativa at the first ever INCB civil society hearing last week. She stressed the importance of re-thiking cannabis regulation with the complexitiy of this plant in mind and demonstrated that non-medical use does not necessarily equal recreational use. #cannabis #rethinkcannabis #incb #ssdp
Students for Sensible Drug Policy