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SSDP2017 Content Voting Form
SSDP students are invited to vote on session proposals submitted for SSDP2017. Rate each session idea on a scale of 0-10 based on how much you are interested in seeing it become a session at SSDP2017.

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Please keep in mind that this information came directly from submissions and has not been edited. Final selections will be refined substantially, so try to evaluate these based on the broad idea of the suggestion.

DEADLINE: 11:59pm PST, Monday January 16, 2017

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Sustainable development goals
"Sustainable development goals under threat in West Africa and Africa. This session will give details about the drug problems in Africa, laws governing the drug use in Africa, the current situation of drug trafficking in Africa and how it all affects the sustainable development goals and the world at large"
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Post-Legalization: Implementing Measure 91
"Hurdles and challenges of legalization and the implementation of Measure 91 in Oregon."
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Women & Women First: What to hate about the War on Drugs if you're an angry feminist
"Exploring the intersection between the War on Drugs and Smashing the Patriarchy"
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Sex and drugs are great together: Building critical alliances between sex worker and drug user activists
"Harm reduction, HIV/STD prevention, and criminal justice reform with people who use drugs has gained a lot of traction and support over the last decade, and sex worker activists can utilize lessons learned from the gains of our counterparts in drug user advocacy. This session will outline the similarities between the social-political response to drug use and sex work and public health pathways that have emerged for people who use drugs that can also be leveraged for people in the sex trade. Time will also be spent discussing potential partnerships between sex worker and drug user rights activists, and creating action steps that participants can take back to their jurisdictions. Good Samaritan protections, pre-booking diversion programs, and HIV/STD testing and services will be highlighted as areas for potential collaboration."
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Abstinence, Recovery, Stigma, and the Drug Policy Reform Movement
"How do we tow the line between drug policy reform advocacy, while also making room for individuals who have experienced negative consequences with drugs as ""soft"" as marijuana?How do we tackle marijuana exceptionalism / stigmatization of people who use other drugs, whether ""hard"" drugs like heroin and meth, or even pharmaceuticals?"
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Activist Self-Care Workshop
"As activists we tend to put our work and the needs of others first. But what about working on ourselves and meeting our own needs? Self care is essential for health, wellness, and professional success- if one is not taking care of oneself, it is hard to fully achieve our goals. This workshop will cover strategies for activists in coping with stress; managing interpersonal relationships; health and wellness, especially regarding drug use and harm reduction; time management, realizing our strengths and working with our weaknesses."
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Sharing my experience of dealing with drug cultivation and dealing with drug addicts in Afghanistan
"Concern over the increase in poppy cultivation, Concern over the increase in drug addicts, Fear of increased financial and administrative corruption, Risk of increasing trafficking and international organized, Fear of not implementing the law, Concern breaks drug traffickers"
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Asian Americans and the War on Drugs
"In the United States, possession of a drug, in particular marijuana, is one of the most common reasons that people of color are criminalized. Between 1990-2000, the Asian American prison population increased by 250%. In addition to increasing incarceration rates, deportation has also increased dramatically in the Asian and Pacific Islander community. How can we connect the dots between drug policy reform and Asian American activism? Where are we talking past each other, and what can we do to bridge those gaps?"
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BEHAVIOURS OF DRUG USERS
TO SHARE IDEALS
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The Activists Toolkit
"Practical tools for public action; Ideally, this would include information about what can happen during demonstrations, ranging from best case to worst case scenario. Role-playing would ideally be included, and a workshop style session would be helpful. Students would learn about how to protect themselves from and others in high stress situations that might occur as they organize or collaborate with social actions. Students would learn about the legal impacts of arrest, who to call if arrested, what to say if arrested, and how to make the decision to demonstrate by being arrested. Students would learn how to protect themselves from pepper spray, rubber bullets, sound cannons, and other military measures which may be used on student protestors. MOST IMPORTANTLY, students would learn skills of nonviolent communication so they can feel empowered to avoid unnecessary conflict in high stress situations."
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Rural Landscapes in Drug Policy Reform
"How can cannabis legalization revitalize our rural economies? What impact will industrial hemp have on our agricultural and food systems? Because rural communities are traditionally conservative on issues of drug policy reform, how can we bridge progressive drug policy with progressive agriculture policy. "
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From Up North: Difference in Drug Policy from Canada and the United States
The session would involved a few Canadian and American panelists discussing differences between Canadian and American drug policy in order to develop knowledge on how international drug policy can differ between two countries whose economies are so tied together.
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The Psychedelic Internet: Maximizing Online Resources
This session will explore how drug policy activists can maximize their impact
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Families and the Drug War
The drug war has been waged in the name of protecting families, yet drug war policies have exactly the opposite: families are torn apart by mass incarceration and pregnant people who use drugs are increasingly criminalized. This panel discussion will explore the ways the drug war impacts families, parents, and pregnant people. Topics will include reproductive justice, "fetal assault" and "chemical endangerment laws," CPS, family court, custody issues, and the representation of family issues in the war on drugs.
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Taking Action on State and Local Campaigns
"Mobilizing SSDP chapters and students for state and local campaigns and preparing students to become campaign leaders and organizers; Hear from SSDP alumni and campaign pro Emmett Reistroffer about all aspects of planning and working on marijuana legalization campaigns. From bringing together stakeholder to draft initiatives, to gathering petition signatures, building coalitions and organizing and executing winning campaigns, Emmett will walk participants through the process form start to finish. Participants will gain valuable insight on how to mobilize SSDP chapters in support of state and local ballot initiatives, and how students play an important role in the future of marijuana legalization and other important drug policy issues. As marijuana legalization spreads in new areas, many local communities will soon be debating their own medical and adult use policies. Marijuana legalization advocates need to continue to take action to advance reforms and to defend our progress against likely prohibitionist attacks. Emmett Reistroffer, the former petition coordinator for Colorado’s Amendment 64, and more recently, the Campaign Director for Denver’s social use initiative, will explain campaign planning and execution and help students find ways to take action as well as future leadership roles. Emmett has experience monitoring and spearheading several marijuana related ballot campaigns in addition to working on campaigns for various other issues and candidates from all sides of the political spectrum. This session provides unique insight and expertise on sponsoring, planning and managing a successful ballot campaign. (A short segment of the session also applies to lobbying campaigns)."
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Race + Drug War or Race + Current Industry
Some discussion of race and the drug war and/or race and the current industry. Thinking about drug policy as a civil rights issue. Many folks within the drug policy reform space do not think about their fight as an issue that disparately impacts people of color, and folks who work in civil rights spaces do not jump at drug policy when they are thinking about securing/maintaining rights for the marginalized.
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Collateral consequences of the drug war
A panel looking at the collateral consequences of the drug war. From housing to entitlement bans to financial aid for students and consequences for those with drug offense convictions more broadly. A panel that takes a deeper look into the barriers of re-entering society after a drug conviction would be phenomenal. This panel would also focus on the marginalized, particularly low-income folks and racial/ethnic minorities.
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Mechanisms of Psychedelic Psychotherapy
The rebirth of psychedelic psychotherapy may be one of the most promising routes in contemporary treatment for addiction, PTSD, and other intractable problems. What are the protocols used in this research or therapy? What could the mechanisms for success be, from the biochemical to the cognitive level? What would answers to these questions mean scientifically and politically?
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Curanderas y Contras: Spanish for Drug Policy Wonks
Any American drug policy organization, whether North or South or Central, would do well to help close the English/Spanish language barrier. In this session we'll practice Spanish by discussing the vocabulary of drug history, culture, and policy and the ways we can build better connections across borders.
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Creating a Culture of "Test Before You Ingest"
Until drugs like MDMA are available by prescription, they will continue to be made by underground chemists with questionable lab practices and toxic adulterants. Detection of fake drugs is a crucial aspect of harm reduction in student communities. How do we get the information out there? What are the different types of drug purity tests, and how can we provide them most easily to students and other users?
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How Green is the Green Rush?
I did this exact panel at the recent Pacific Regional conference and it was very well received and I was told quite informative. My panel was very interested in speaking more on the topic of the environmental impacts and marginalizing effects of the green rush. We began by drawing parallels to the awful effects of the gold rush, things like strip mining and racist laws targeting black minors and Chinese opium dens, and then moved on to discuss how many of the same flaw have transferred over to the green rush. We ended with a discussion of the power of semantics and finding a new narrative to discuss the green rush which focuses on floating the boats of all at the expense of none, rather than a cut-throat winner-take-all capitalist paradise.
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Three Activist Secrets Law Schools Won't Tell You
1. Canvassing: While there are laws and regulations against "ambulance chasing" (called barratry, maintenance, and champerty), lawyers and non-lawyers can canvass for people whose legal rights have been violated to help them understand those rights and the remedies to which they are entitled. Example: going door to door to canvass POC who are at higher risk of stop, search, arrest, etc. even though NHTSA statistics show that POC are safer drivers, signing them up for free/at-cost/low-cost representation as a group or class, and suing to enjoin racist enforcement of traffic laws.2. Attorney's Fees: There is an attorney's fee statute that provides excellent compensation for lawyers when they win cases (with fees usually calculated based on hours times years of experience under matrixes like the US Attorney's Office matrix or the Salazar matrix). There are attorney's fees statutes for civil rights, racial and employment discrimination, housing discrimination, environmental issues, consumer rights and false advertising, student loans and federally funded programs, FOIA, antitrust, racketeering, and many other areas of law. Also, some causes provide for double or triple damages (called treble damages) . 3. Codification: The laws and regulations of the federal and state governments are actually pretty well organized. An activist lawyer who browses through the codes on an area of interest may be surprised by the rights people have (although this process can be painfully arduous at times). Some federal courts even publish a list of their more commonly used causes of action as "federal cause of action codes".
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Earl Blumenauer
A lifelong Portland resident, Earl Blumenauer was first elected to public office in 1972 and has served in Congress since 1996. Congressman Blumenauer is a long-time supporter of marijuana policy reform and, in 2013, was awarded National Cannabis Industry Association’s inaugural Legislative Leadership Award.
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Novel Psychoactive Substances - A Chance for Drug Policy
The session would look at the rise of NPS policies in North America and opportunities for drug reform in ever increasing crackdowns.
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Microdosing Psychedelics
For this presentation, I would like to present an overview of microdosing psychedelics, the larger social implications of this practice, and a brief section including important precautions. For the overview section, I will discuss what microdosing is exactly (taking sub-perceptual amounts of psychedelics, usually LSD or psilocybin), its potential benefits (including increased physical energy, improved emotional balance, increased creativity, heightened spiritual awareness, enhancement of flow-producing activities, and increased productivity). Unfortunately, since this topic has not been researched in a lab setting, I will rely on personal accounts to demonstrate these benefits (from myself, from the book The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide by James Fadiman, Ph.D, and potentially from trip reports on Erowid.org). I will also present an overview of the current literature on microdosing (focusing primarily on articles from a variety of news sources), highlighting what this literature does well yet also providing necessary critique of these articles for what they fail to do in advancing the destigmatization and eventual legalization of these practices. I will also discuss the potential larger social implications of microdosing; microdosing encourages productivity and engagement with social issues (psychedelics, in general, increase awareness, thereby drawing people to issues of social justice). Therefore, the enhanced productivity of microdosing can be seen not just as a means by which one can further their own personal agenda but also (and more important) as a means by which one can further contribute to the larger social agendas that they believe in. I believe this practice is particularly relevant to the audience of this conference: activists. Finally, the presentation will conclude with a brief section encouraging precaution and emphasizing the fact that I am not condoning illegal drug use but rather outlining a current phenomenon of drug use.
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The Stigma Surrounding People Who Inject Drugs
Engage with a panel of individuals who have experience with injection drug use about the stigma surrounding injection drug use and related harm reduction tactics. As injection drug use and people who inject drugs are demonized in the public sphere, learn the true realities of injection drug use from those who know most on the subject. Topics will include: injection drug use, harm reduction methods connected to injection drug use, the stigma of injection drug use, the stigma of injection drug use in relation to the stigma attached to non-injection drug use, personal experience with injection drug use, and facts backed with research on injection drug use.
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The Impact of the War on Drugs on Disabled and Chronically Ill Pain Patients
As the War on Drugs rages against opiates, one set of victims is often overlooked: people suffering from extreme chronic pain. As restrictions on opiates and the doctors who prescribe them tighten, many individuals are left with a dwindling quality of life and constant free of being seen as a "drug seeker" and cut off from the medications they desperately need to function. Patients who are cut off often will self medicate in attempt to keep functioning which inadvertently reinforces the idea that they are addicts or that medicinal use of opiates causes people to get "hooked on heroin", even though this attitude would not be adopted about heart medications. In response, hysteria from the public worsens and restrictions tighten further.
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Drug War Refugee Narratives
Often drug policy is centered around the United states, this session would give voice to drug war victims who have fled their countries due to policies created by the US, UN, or country of origin.
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Sentencing Reform and Prison Policy
This session would have formerly incarcerated people detail the way discriminatory prison or sentencing policies target vulnerable communities for incarceration.
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Cocaine Policy and Cartels
Does the legalization of cannabis actually impact cartels? And why are there no significant efforts to address cocaine trafficking/usage into this county?
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Marijuana Today Panel/Live Show
We'll record a live episode of Marijuana Today during the panel. We can talk about current events at the time or focus on something more SSDP-focused.
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Prescription Drug Abuse and Big Pharma
In pursuit of profits at all costs, pharmaceutical companies have been purposely misrepresenting the effects and potential for abuse of opioid-based prescription painkillers. What can SSDP do to raise awareness of the real effects of these substances, and hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for their false advertising?
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Psymposia Stories
Psychedelic Stories and/or Drug War Stories -- Conference speakers and student attendees share powerful stories of deep personal meaning that changed their lives in big ways
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Incubating Your Ideas: How to start an organization or business
"Do you have an advocacy or entrepreneurial idea? Come to this workshop with an idea or without one - we'll discuss how to:- Identify needs for improvement/products/services in nonprofit and commercial spaces- Determine if an idea is viable- Assemble your team - Set goals and get the project off the ground- How to utilize SSDP and other organizations as a resource"
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Online organizing in the surveillance age
SSDP has grown up with the internet. We began on a message board in 1998 and now we organize around the world. In a time of increased citizen surveillance and software companies like Geofeedia tracking the movement of protesters over social media, how can you flex your rights in the digital space? How can you defend yourself from trolls, doxing, and censorship?
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The future of psychedelic law & policy
"Psychedelic research and therapy is coming to the forefront of global consciousness in a way that it never has before, and discussions about the law and policy of psychedelic consciousness in a post-prohibition world are suddenly more relevant and urgent than ever. This proposed session will a) inform attendees about the current state of affairs of how psychedelic advocates are engaging with law, policy, and politics, b) identify gaps, challenges, and opportunities for engagement within and in the creation of a new psychedelic paradigm, and c) seek to articulate an inclusive, just, and collective vision for such a structure."
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Historical Prohibitions and Drug Policies
"An brief overview and discussion of policies relating to drugs. What has worked, what hasn't, and what might work, along with different models for legalization and prohibition that have been attempted."
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Modern Psychedelic Activism
A discussion of awareness, medicalization, and legalization campaigns in the works for psychedelics. Psychedelic drug law reform is often considered to be the next step after cannabis legalization. Let's talk about what's already been done, and first steps SSDP chapters can take in this movement.
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Alumni Roundtable
Hear from some SSDP alumni about what they're doing now and how they were impacted by their SSDP experience.
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Expungements, Sealing and Clemency: Learning the Options for Clearing Up Criminal Records
This session, led by attorneys in the SSDP network, will discuss the options for cleaning up one's criminal record, which varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The session will go over the legal terminology and process of what's commonly referred to as "expungement," and will also discuss grants of clemency and pardons. Finally, this session will touch on ways that your SSDP chapter can help, for example, by starting or assisting with a local record clearing clinic or by educating others about the process.
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Legal Observer Training
At this session, led by an attorney from the National Lawyer's Guild (NLG), you'll learn how to keep law enforcement in check during protests and demonstrations by watching for and documenting police interference or misconduct. The presence of Legal Observers at a protest can serve as a deterrent against improper actions by law enforcement, and their notes can be used in litigation if needed.
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Sensible Protest and Civil Disobedience Training
This session, hosted by an attorney from the National Lawyer's Guild (NLG), will provide students with a training on how to sensibly engage in protests, demonstrations, or other acts of civil disobedience so as to minimize the risk of harm to yourself and others.
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Discovery and Pharmacology of Novel Substances
Research chemicals are a broad range of chemical substances, some which are purposefully designed to be analogues of known drugs so they can be sold online legally. These grey market compounds are being created around the globe, and the questions I want to ask is how and why? These newer drugs are being created and we as scientists barely understand their mechanisms and dangers. I propose trying to find experts in pharmacopsychology, chemistry, drug design and pharmacists, to discuss the world of new drugs and what the future holds for the creation of new compounds.
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Contemporary Campus Harm Reduction
Harm reduction' describes those values prioritizing the health and safety of individuals using drugs and also the practices used to help make those ideals a practical reality. This panel discusses the range of harm reduction practices in use on campuses today, as well as methods of working with your administration to implement them.
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A Different Trip to the Doctor
Medicinal research and properties of hallucinogens LSD and Psilocybin Mushrooms
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Breakfast with Eric Sterling
"Join legendary drug policy reformer Eric Sterling in the ballroom for breakfast, where he will answer questions and discuss topics of particular interest to attendees -- and Eric -- in an informal, broad-ranging conversation. For those unfamiliar with Eric, Eric E. Sterling has been a funder and advisor to SSDP since 1999, and been on SSDP’s board of directors since 2004. He has been an attorney forty years, is active in several bar associations, and been part-time faculty at American University and George Washington University. He was a prominent student activist at Haverford College (’73) and Villanova Law School (’76). He was a public defender in the late 1970s. For nine years in the 1980s, he was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, responsible for drugs, gun control, pornography, money laundering, organized crime, and other issues.He is Executive Director and co-founder of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation (1989), and co-founder and advisor of other drug policy reform organizations (MPP, FAMM). He is active in civic and community affairs, such as serving as past president of his local elementary school PTA. He is in his seventh year on the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council of Montgomery County, MD. In 2013, he was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to a four-year term on the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. In 2015, he was presented with the NORML Lifetime Achievement Award."
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Student Lightning Talks
2-3 students will deliver short (5 minute) lightning talks on topics of their choosing under the umbrella of their "Vision for a Post-Prohibition World".
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History of SSDP
Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an 18 year old organization with a long history of building the movement to end the drug war. This panel will go back to the early days of SSDP to examine the circumstances that necessitated its founding and show how it evolved to its current form. Told through the stories of how each panelist became involved in the organization, this session will also be recorded and broadcast as an episode of the Marijuana Today podcast.
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Dedicated networking time
If included in SSDP2017, this "session" would replace 4 concurrent breakout sessions with an opportunity for all conference attendees to network with each other. Icebreakers would likely be conducted to facilitate active participation.
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Diversity Awareness Reflection and Education Committee Meetup
Interested in broadening perspectives in SSDP and the drug policy reform movement? Join members of SSDP’s Diversity, Awareness, Reflection and Education (DARE) Committee for an open conversation about facilitating diversity and inclusion in the drug policy reform movement. Bring your dinner, and meet us in the breakout room!
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Breaking Thru Silo'd Media: How to pitch & develop allies across the media landscape
Learn how to build your reputation and connections to people across platforms & issues by thinking outside the box. Understand how journalists think about what they cover & how to frame stories to attract their interest in get your issue into the "mainstream" media.
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Normalizing Psychedelics and Preventing Harm through Intentional Organization: Making Progress with Music Venues and Governance
The 50s and 60s brought waves of individuals opportunities to explore the effects of psychoactive substances such as psilocybin and LSD. Our generation of youth continue to seek such substances for a variety of reasons, often including personal growth and development. As we know, prohibition has a negative effect on the experiences of individuals partaking in the use of psychoactive substances. As the environment for such use continues to grow alongside music festivals and EDM/Rave shows, local officials responding to on-site emergencies are increasingly hospitalizing people in altered states who do not always require emergency medical services. Prohibition has also lead to "drug displacement," which has created new substances with different chemical makeups being sold on the market as if they are MDMA and LSD. These new substances are increasingly cut with opioids, and the lack of drug checking and testing leaves more and more individuals suffering from overdose every year. How can our movement organize towards our goals of normalizing psychedelic use, preventing and reducing harm, and protecting individuals in altered states? Amending the Rave Act will make the enforcement of the law clear so that event producers who take common-sense safety measures are no longer put at risk of prosecution. Beyond the ATRA campaign, what further work is there to be taken up as we push our government towards promoting common-sense and socially inclusive policies? What does intentional organization of SSDP look like? What about the entirety of the Drug Policy Reform Movement? How can we align harm reduction principles with the capitalist aims of music venues and festivals? Let's start with our school's own "peer psych support" and harm reduction networks reaching up towards a permanent, long-lasting presence in larger communities around us. Wisdom doesn't come from above, down , it comes from below, up.
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SSDPers for Direct Service
SSDP Alumni will discuss their experience working directly with individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorders, and working with folks otherwise impacted by the drug war.
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SSDP Just Say Know Peer Education Training
This is a session dedicated to one (or two, depending on time), of the 12 peer to peer drug education lessons, which are: An Introduction to Peer Education, The Relationship Between Drug Policy and Drug Education, History and Role of Drug Education, Drug Use Overview, Addiction and Problematic Drug Use, Stigma, Harm Reduction, Recovery, Strategies for change in high-risk behaviors, Listening, Responding and Referral skills, Programming and Presentation Skills, Taking Care of Yourself, Self-Disclosure.
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Ketamine: a drug for the future?
An exploration of Ketamine (and close relatives): research, therapy, spirituality, and recreation. Where is the future research? What would a legal recreational model look like?
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"This Is Your Brain On Drugs", A Quick and Easy Guide
Have you ever wondered just how exactly drugs work in the body and brain? Come join us while we learn some facts, dispel some myths, and discuss why we should care about this topic from a policy perspective. And don't be afraid if the phrase "basic neurobiology" makes you wince a little - no prior knowledge will be expected or required.
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Social Media and Activism
Social media is one of the best ways to share activism and recruit new activists. But what are the best practices for using social media in an effective, ethical, and efficient way? Learn more at the Social Media and Activism session!
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The History of Legalization Activism
Hear remarks from Richard Cowen, Yale graduate, former Executive Director of NORML, and co-founder of Freedom Leaf Magazine. Richard has been a drug reform activist for more than 40 years, and became heavily involved with NORML back in the 1970s. His perspective and thoughts on the future of reform activism will be incredibly beneficial for all new up-and-coming activists, to get a sense of the history of the reform movement.
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Industrial Hemp: the crop of the future
An educational description of industrial hemp and its sustainable properties and potential products; policy description of how it was added to the farm bill but still faces challenges from the DEA; what can be done to reschedule cannabis from the list of controlled substances to get hemp removed from the list
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Drug Law CLE Seminar
This seminar, taught by criminal defense attorneys, will cover the current laws related to psychedelics, opiates, cannabis, and other drugs. Both national and state laws will be discussed, as well as the history of prohibition and current legal trends. The seminar will also touch on some of the basics of defending an individual charged with a drug offense. MCLE credits will be available for attorneys.
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Beyond Legalization
Several new states have just legalized either the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana. Several more are working towards newly reformed legal marijuana policies. This session should be dedicated towards detailing the appropriate steps to be taken by students to help ensure these programs are sensibly implemented. This could mean researching successful legal states, following and innovating regulation models and procedures shown to be effective, working with or forming established advocacy or lobbyist groups devoted to sensible cannabis regulation, and connecting public opinion with state officials and legislators about proper regulation and implementation after legalization.
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Lived Experiences: Stories from the Other Side of the War on Drugs
Hear from current students and alumni about their personal experiences and encounters with the War on Drugs, and their recommendations for new and important policies that could have changed their outcome.
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Bringing Harm Reduction to College Campuses: Harm Reduction Edu and Drug Checking Training
"Attendees will be introduced to DanceSafe's Harm Reduction Edu, a program designed to facilitate open, fact-based discussions and raise awareness of harm reduction practices to empower college-aged persons to make informed decisions about their personal health and safety. Content will cover a summary of the program, an overview of topics, and suggested methods to bring the program to a campus near you. To conclude, a drug checking demonstration will be provided covering technique and best practices."
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Let’s Talk Intersectionality & Drug Policy: SSDP-DARE Meetup
Let’s talk intersectionality & drug policy! What does diversity mean in the SSDP network and the larger drug policy reform movement? What resources are available for your chapter — and what would do you wish were available? What issues do you see in your own organizing — and what’s working really well? What do you wish SSDP were doing that we’re not? Come meet the Diversity Awareness Reflection Education committee (SSDP-DARE), learn what we’re doing to bring more diverse voices to SSDP, and tell us what concerns you the most. This will be a casual discussion. We can’t wait to meet you!
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“I Graduated. Now What?” Staying Involved After College
SSDP forms a huge part of our college experiences — but what happens after graduation? How can SSDP alumni stay involved — and why should they? How does SSDP experience translate into your future career — and how do you put drug policy on your resume? What does it mean to be an SSDPer when college is over and you’re no longer a student?
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Fundraising for Change
Money talks, baby. Real world policy change takes some big bucks to make happen, and even the scrappiest grassroots activists still have to eat. In this hands-on training, you will learn how to raise money for the cause, why it’s so important, and how you can build an amazing career using the skills you learn fundraising for SSDP.
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Direct Action for Dummies: How to Make Your Protests Count
Sometimes creating political change means putting on a suit and lobbying Congress, sometimes it means writing op/eds and building coalitions, and sometimes it means taking to the streets. Every activist needs to know when to use which tool to get the job done. What types of direct action are there and why do one over another? When does protesting work—and when does it hurt your cause? How do you plan and execute a successful action—and how do you measure success? What legal ramifications should you be prepared for? And, how do you keep your people safe? Find out in this session, all about what happens when policy change goes back to its radical roots.
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We’re All In This Together: Bridging Political Divides & Ending the War on Drugs
2016 was a hard year. Cannabis may have won big on the ballot, but politics still managed to draw some painful divides. Ending the drug war means building coalitions and collaborating with allies across the political spectrum, but how do we continue working together when we still feel so betrayed? The drug war harms us all, so it’s no surprise SSDPers come from all political walks of life (48% identify as Liberal/Progressive, 25% as Socialist, 19% as Libertarian, 2% as Conservative, and 1% as Anarchist). This diversity of viewpoints makes SSDP unique. Hear from representatives from each of these communities how they approach the political diversity which makes our movement so strong—and why it’s so important that we all continue this fight together.
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They Said What?? Crafting The Right Message for Your Audience
More and more people around the world are realizing that the war on drugs hurts us all, but not all for the same reason. How do you talk to your mom, your pastor, or your college roommate about why this work is so important? What language, arguments, and facts work best when and with whom? How do you identify the most powerful tactic for a particular situation — and how do you switch between messages while still maintaining your integrity? These expert communicators will teach you how to navigate the tricky world of effective activism and strengthen your skills as an activist.
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SSDP: Many Voices, One Mission
We’re all drug policy activists, but each one of us is passionate about this fight for very different reasons. Rockstar SSDPers will share their experiences working at the intersection of the drug war and other movements, showcasing how drug policy impacts a wide variety of communities in distinct but equally important ways, and how you can be an ally to other causes that intersect with our movement.
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Novel Psychoactive Substances
The number of Novel Psychoactive Substances has been on the rise over the past decade and it provides many questions to public health that need to be answered through research. What are the current standings with research on NPS (safety profiles, legality, history, etc)? How do we progress as a society to reduce the harms that stem from NPS? Are there some NPS that are considered safer than others?
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Cognitive Liberty
Most Americans know that they have the right to free speech, but to have the right to free speech, one must also have the right of freedom of thought. We can control our thoughts through the use of psychoactive substances, so cognitive liberty is a topic that our culture and is something that must be discussed.
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Ending the Drug War is Social Justice aka Drug Policy Reform Isn't Woke Yet
Answering three big questions regarding race: how can oppressive superstructures undermine allyship without requiring oppressive intent, especially in drug policy reform and it's increasing acceptance in the mainstream? Why does it matter especially for SSDP? And finally, what actions can be taken up to prevent that undermining?
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Fighting Fascism: Practical Survival and Defense Tips
Principles of self defense; tips for physical defense of self and others; how to stand up to physical threat
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Channeling your Civics: Become an Agent of Change Through Public Office