Schools Not Prisons! SSDP

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is an international grassroots, student-led organization working to end drug prohibition.
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Randolph Hencken
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Politics
Washington, District of Columbia
United States
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Campaign Update:   

WE DID IT!! We set out with the ambitious goal of raising $100,000 in only 50 days. To be honest, some of us weren’t so sure we could do it. That’s a huge amount of money for any group, let alone a lean-and-mean nonprofit with a very small staff and an annual budget of less than $500,000. But our amazing network of students, alumni, and supporters rallied to the cause — 449 donors contributed a total of $100,641, bringing us over our goal and ensuring we’ll have the resources we need to continue our work.

Thank you so much for your support!

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (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 harm students and youth.

Since the War on Drugs affects all of us, we invite everyone to support this campaign so we can fully fund our ambitious anti-Drug War programs.

Our annual budget has been between $350,000 and $500,000. This pays for our staff of 3-5 people, who support our network of policy activists in more than 200 student-run chapters in 43 US states and 13 other countries.

Through the power of crowdfunding, SSDP will continue to roll back disastrous drug prohibition policies, and demonstrate that we are a strong grassroots movement. When thousands of people who know the Drug War is a failure contribute what they are comfortable giving, we will surpass our $100,000 goal!

The Drug War has Failed our Youth

Young people are particularly vulnerable to the negative aspects of the Drug War. They are specifically targeted by school administrators, campus police and others in the criminal justice system who naively believe that being tough on drugs will reduce the harms of drug use.

Rather than making schools, youth, and society safer, tough-on-drug policies have disenfranchised an uncountable amount of young people who have lost out on education because of expulsions, loss of school loans and scholarships, and incarceration. Worse yet, many young people have died because of unregulated drugs distributed in the black market and from fear of calling for medical help during overdose situations.

The Drug War has Failed Society

A recent Rasmussen poll found that a vast majority of Americans (82% of respondents) believe that the U.S. is "losing" the War on Drugs; only 4% said it is "winning." Yet even with our economy in crisis, our government continues to spend more than $51 billion annually enforcing failed policies that put people behind bars for victimless crimes, invade our privacy, enrich drug cartels, unfairly target low income communities, tear families apart, and deny sick people access to medicine.

SSDP is an Important Organization in Ending the Drug War

SSDP works to create broader support for health-based drug policies over punitive policies. By giving to this campaign, you are supporting our network of thousands of students on hundreds of campuses around the world to fight back against the Drug War.

Help us Raise More than $100,000, and We’ll Give you Tools to Fight the Drug War

The funds we raise in this campaign will be used to support students on campuses across the United States and around the globe. Our full-time staff in Washington, DC works every day to provide students with the resources they need to develop and maintain quality chapters of student activists on their campuses. We want to maintain and grow our movement, and we want you to be a part of our success.

When you give to us, we will give tools to you or to students that assist in speaking truth to power and fighting back against the Drug War. Check out our unique perks on the right of the screen and select whichever giving level you are most comfortable with. Plus, we’ll list your name in our massive end of campaign shout out (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). There is no amount too small to make a difference.

Other Ways You Can Help:

  • Promote this campaign via your social media and other networks!
  • Become a sustaining member and support SSDP with a monthly contribution.
  • If you’re a student, start a chapter, or join if there is a already a chapter at your school.
  • If you’re a parent, have an honest conversation with your child about drugs.
  • Let school administrators know that you expect them to update their policies to reflect compassion and reason regarding drug use and abuse.
  • Attend a school that received an A grade in our Campus Drug and Alcohol Policy Gradebook.
  • Let other schools that did not receive an A grade know that you opted not to attend because of their backwards policies.
  • Work with school administrators to change counterproductive policies in favor of sensible drug policies.
  • If you’re a teacher, encourage students to start a chapter at your school, and create safe spaces for honest conversations about drugs and the Drug War; offer assignments or extra credit for academic activities connected to drug policy.
  • If the school you are associated with doesn’t have a Good Samaritan Policy, work with the school administrators to put one in place and prevent overdose deaths.
  • Register to vote and vote for candidates running for local, state, and federal offices that support sensible policies over prohibition.
  • Run a campus change campaign to install sensible drug policies on your campus.
  • Attend one of our regional or national conferences.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is changing the world.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is the only international network of students dedicated to ending the War on Drugs. At its heart, SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a student-run Board of Directors. We create change by bringing students together and creating safe spaces for people of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy. Founded in 1998, and with nearly 25,000 alumni, we have contributed to the ever growing movement of people who have said enough is enough, let’s end the War on Drugs.

Selected list of 2012-2013 Accomplishments & Milestones:

2013

  • University of Maryland passes all-inclusive Good Samaritan Policy
  • Keene State College implements Good Samaritan Policy on campus
  • Roosevelt University implements Good Samaritan Policy on campus
  • New Jersey passes statewide Good Samaritan Policy with help from SSDP chapters
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts passes Good Samaritan Policy on campus
  • Eastern Michigan University passes lowest law enforcement priority for marijuana in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Tufts University Implements Good Samaritan Policy on campus
  • With expert help from SSDP, Congressman Jared Polis introduces bill to end federal marijuana prohibition
  • Salt Lake Community College begins Good Samaritan campaign
  • Virginia Commonwealth University lobbies Virginia legislature for Medical Amnesty Policy
  • University of Miami begins Good Samaritan Policy
  • Boston University hosts Harm Reduction Education and Alcohol Awareness week
  • University of Rhode Island chapter testifies at state legislature for taxing and regulating marijuana in Rhode Island
  • Keene State College chapter testifies in front of New Hampshire legislature for taxing and regulating marijuana
  • Brown University SSDP lobbies Rhode Island legislature for taxing and regulating marijuana
  • University of Oregon chapter lobbies and testifies state legislature for taxing and regulating marijuana
  • Columbia University SSDP chapter hosts "The Truth About Molly" with over 150 people in attendance
  • SSDP submits testimony to New Jersey legislature in support of marijuana decriminalization
  • SSDP submits testimony to New Jersey legislature in support of Bail Reform Act

2012

  • SSDP students call 18,000 voters in Colorado to support taxing and regulating marijuana
  • Washington State passes I-502 with the help of SSDP student activists
  • University of Michigan institutes campus Good Samaritan Policy
  • With help from SSDP chapters and members nationwide, Amendment 64 passes! Marijuana is now legal in Colorado
  • NYU SSDP chapter succeeds in campaign to implement campus Good Samaritan Policy
  • SSDP chapters in Florida pass statewide Good Samaritan Policy
  • UConn efforts help make Connecticut the 17th medical marijuana state
  • Brown University and University of Rhode Island successful in passing statewide marijuana decriminalization
  • University of Michigan enact statewide Good Samaritan Policy
  • Ithaca College equalizes sanctions for alcohol and marijuana on campus
  • Illinois Wesleyan University passes campus Good Samaritan Policy
  • SSDP chapters in California help pass statewide Good Samaritan Policy
  • Washington, DC SSDPers help pass Good Samaritan Policy through City Council
  • State University of New York New Paltz passes campus Good Samaritan Policy
  • Virginia Commonwealth University lobbies state for statewide Good Samaritan Policy
  • Ithaca College and Colgate University SSDP chapters lobby New York state legislature for marijuana decriminalization and statewide Good Samaritan Policy
  • University of Southern California lobbies state to support regulating and taxing marijuana like alcohol
  • SSDP hosts Florida Regional Conference in Tallahassee, FL
  • Columbia University published in Huffington Post "Tony Bennett Is Right That Legalizing Drugs Would Save Lives"
  • UConn provides testimony to state legislature in favor of medical marijuana
  • Brown University SSDP chapter provides testimony to state legislature on marijuana decriminalization
  • Virginia Commonwealth University rally is covered by news story in the New York Times for calling for change to Virginia Marijuana Laws
  • Portland State University starts Good Samaritan Policy Campaign on campus
  • North Carolina State University begins campus Good Samaritan Policy Campaign
  • University of Rhode Island testifies in front of state legislature in support of marijuana decriminalization in Rhode Island
  • Illinois Wesleyan University SSDP starts Good Samaritan Policy campaign on campus
  • State University of New York New Paltz campaigns to institute Good Samaritan Policies at all SUNY Universities
  • University of Virginia and Piedmont Community College introduce city marijuana resolution passed by the City Council
  • Ithaca College submits testimony to state legislature in support of statewide decriminalization of marijuana and statewide Good Samaritan Policy
  • SSDP delegation participates in United Nations debate on international drug policy
  • SSDP staffer, Devon Tackels, gets Drug Czar on the record on C-SPAN
  • Ithaca College works with Ithaca Mayor on syringe exchange/harm reduction policies
  • SSDP alumnus, Mike Liszewski, drafts legislation introduced in Congress
  • University of Michigan SSDP hosts 2012 Midwest Regional SSDP Conference
  • Brown University hosts 2012 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference

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  • $10USD
    The Activist

    Your name listed in our massive end of campaign shout out!

    102 claimed
  • $25USD
    The Supporter (Sponsorship)

    Sponsor a startup package sent to a new SSDP chapter in the US.

    88 claimed
  • $60USD
    The Outspoken

    An SSDP t-shirt. (International contributors please plan to pay for shipping)

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $100USD
    The Educator (sponsorship)

    Sponsor a chapter’s medium care package. We will send the chapter DVDs, stickers, brochures, bookmarks, booklets, handouts, and "Screw the Drug War" condoms, which student members will use to inform others about ending the Drug War and reducing the harms associated with drugs.

    18 claimed
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    The Outspoken & Prepared

    An SSDP t-shirt, a 5 pack of “Screw the Drug War" condoms, and 25 “Know Your Rights” folding cards (International contributors please plan to pay for shipping)

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $150USD
    The Professor (sponsorship)

    Sponsor a chapter’s large care package. We will send the chapter DVDs, stickers, brochures, bookmarks, booklets, handouts, and "Screw the Drug War" condoms, which student members will use to inform others about ending the War on Drugs and reducing the harms associated with drugs.

    4 claimed
  • $200USD
    The Spokesperson

    Receive a 6 ft vinyl SSDP banner for tabling, presenting and other functions where you represent SSDP. (International contributors please plan to pay for shipping)

    3 claimed
  • $350USD
    The Champion (sponsorship)

    We’ll send a 6 ft vinyl SSDP banner for tabling, presenting and other functions, and a large care package full of resources about ending the Drug War and reducing the harms associated with drugs to a student chapter.

    3 claimed
  • $500USD
    The All Star

    A call (or dinner in Washington, D.C.) with SSDP’s legendary and longest serving Board member, President of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, former counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, and esteemed anti-Drug War activist Eric Sterling.

    3 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    The Rockstar

    A call (or dinner in Washington, D.C. or Denver, CO) with SSDP’s incoming Executive Director and Spokesperson for the Amendment 64 campaign which legalized marijuana in Colorado, Betty Aldworth.

    3 claimed
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    The Hero

    An SSDP award named in your honor and presented at our 2014 conference’s awards ceremony, plus a conference call (or dinner in Washington DC, after March 2014) with SSDP’s incoming Executive Director Betty Aldworth, Deputy Director Stacia Cosner, Board Member Eric Sterling, and Chairman of the Board Sam Tracy.

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    The Superhero

    An SSDP award named in your honor that will be presented every year at our annual awards ceremony. Patrons considering giving at this level are encouraged to contact Stacia Cosner at stacia@ssdp.org.

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