SSDP 101 powerpoint - Students for Sensible Drug Policy

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Students for Sensible
Drug Policy

Welcome to

SSDP 101

What is SSDP


We are an international grassroots network of students who are
concerned about the impact drug abuse has 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, while fighting back against
counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that
directly harm students and youth.

Values


Students for Sensible Drug Policy neither encourages
nor condemns drug use. Rather, we seek to reduce the
harms caused by drug abuse and drug policies. As
young people, we strive toward a just and
compassionate society where drug abuse is treated as a
health issue instead of a criminal justice issue.


We recognize that the very real harms of drug abuse are
not adequately addressed by current policies and we
advocate measures that would effectively help those
who develop drug problems. Yet, we also believe that
individuals must ultimately

be allowed to make decisions for themselves as long as
their actions do not infringe upon anyone else’s
freedoms or safety.

But what does that
mean?


We are a international grassroots based network of
individual chapters at colleges, universities, and High
Schools.


Our chapter network is autonomous, and works to achieve
sensible policy changes that address counterproductive
drug war policies in their communities.


We have a 6 member national staff that work in DC and
Mexico City.


We work on a local, state, and national level to help enact
changes in drug policies.

Where are we?


US


Mexico


UK


Poland


Nigeria


Australia


Colombia


Canada

What is a sensible drug
policy?


An alternative to our current drug policies grounded in science,
reason, compassion, and justice.


A policy that seeks to address drug use, abuse, and addiction as a
public health issue instead of a criminal justice issue


Works to enable treatment for addiction instead of incarceration


Policies that use Harm Reduction methods to lessen the impact
drugs have on our society


Eliminates wasteful government spending on an impossible strategy


Policies that work to help create a safer America grounded in
education, regulation, and taxation of illicit drugs in a similar manner
to alcohol

So, what sensible
things have we done
lately?


Just last March, 400 SSDPers converged on capitol hill to
lobby congress for cutting the ONDCP Anti
-
drug Youth
Media Campaign


4 months later, a house budget committee cut all funding to
the campaign. Over 45 million dollars!

How do I get
involved?


Join one of our 200 chapters nationwide
or internationally


Start a new chapter!

What do SSDP
Chapters do?


Promote discussion in the community about drug policy reform by:


Hosting debates and discussion forums


Bringing speakers from other organizations


Screening documentaries on campus


Changing Policies


Lobby your representatives on issues and legislation that your chapter
cares about


Change policies on your campus

Regions

Why?


In federal prisons, 55% of inmates are
incarcerated on drug offenses.


The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but
houses 25% of the world’s prisoners.


More than $50 Billion is spent

every year on the failed “War on Drugs.”

The War on Drugs is a war
on students


Under the HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, students
convicted of a drug crime, even first time possession of
marijuana, are denied federal financial aid for school.


The Office of National Drug Control Policy has pushed
for invasive random student drug testing to take place in
public high schools
-

despite no evidence to support
drug testing as a deterrent to drug use.


One person is arrested for marijuana

every 36 seconds.


Recruitment


What are some methods that work on
your campus?


Where have you been successful on
your campuses?


What hasn’t worked?

Recruitment Channels


Coalition Building


Event Planning


Outreach


Public Relations


Social Networking

Coalition Building


Reach out to other like minded organizations on
campus (social, political, cultural, service orgs)


The drug war intersects with everything!


Having co
-
hosted events, social gatherings, or even
just attending meetings.


Collaboration is key!

Event Planning


Create and plan events that


Work to help spread awareness


Help a campaign


Raise money for your chapter


Gather diverse crowds of people


Educate audience about the harms of the drug
war

Outreach


Reach out to your campus and let them know that you
exist!


Tabling, chalking, and flyering campus


Consider your chapter a business, and you must
advertise


Create merchandise (t
-
shirts, buttons, bags)


Share your message

Public Relations


How the public eyes see your chapter


Reaching out to media through press releases, Op
-
eds, and LTE’s


Getting interviewed by local tv, radio, and internet
news


Keeping a chapter blog/maintaining website

Social Networking


How many chapters have a Facebook Page or group?


How many Chapters have a Twitter account?


How many chapters have a Tumblr page?


Social networking is the free and easy way to get your
message out!


ssdp.org/resources/facebook

Meetings


Having a regular weekly meeting time/location is best.


Use this time to plan events, organize campaigns, hold
discussions, educate each other, and share ideas.


Create an open forum, encourage people to share
ideas, and remain respectful to others.


Share current drug policy news, updates, and current
events

Want to start a chapter or help
strengthen your current chapter?


Contact an SSDP Outreach Director


devon@ssdp.org

(MW, NE, W)


drew@ssdp.org

(S, MA, MP)


www.ssdp.org
/resources/student
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organizing
-
manual

Questions