|CATEGORY||WORKING TITLE||WORKING DESCRIPTION|
|Cannabis||Social Equity in the Cannabis Space: How to Make Restitution a Requirement||The session would center around people working on social equity work, and talk about how to use political power to make social equity provisions a required part in cannabis legalization.|
|Criminal justice and/or mass incarceration||Jail-Based Voter Registration: Giving Voices To The Voiceless||In the US, on any given day, around 612,000 people sit in local or county jails. 550,000 (90%) of these people can legally vote - but many have no real access to the ballot. In this talk/workshop, SSDP activists will learn about voting eligibility as it related to criminal statuses (most people who have been convicted of felonies CAN vote), and will learn about one of the most impactful direct ways to get involved in the movement to protect voting rights of all people in the United States: jail-based voter registration.|
|Criminal justice and/or mass incarceration||Why Just Legalizing Drugs Isn't Enough: A Wider Perspective on Mass Incarceration||Most members of the SSDP community agree: just ending the War on Drugs won't end mass incarceration (per a poll in SSDP Family). Prisons represent the worst aspects of our governance: state violence, human rights violations, wasteful spending, the list goes on. For the evils they inflict, they do little to benefit society. Crime rates are largely unaffected and people sentenced to incarceration are more likely to commit new crimes after release. When we talk about building a post-prohibition world, we also need to talk about|
|Criminal justice and/or mass incarceration||No Jails In My Backyard: Campaigns to Close Local Jails||Inspired by Alex Lekhtman's piece in FilterMag, I'd like to invite several advocates involved in campaigns to shut down local jails and immigrant detention centers on how to advocate for decarceration on a locality-by-locality basis.|
|Criminal justice and/or mass incarceration||ACAB - Alternatives to Cops that are Better||The institution of policing is racist, violently, and deeply flawed. With insidious roots going back to "slave patrols" in the 1700's, the police force in America was not founded to protect public safety, but the interests of slave owners. While there is a need for a force or service to protect public safety, investigate rape and murder, and other violent crimes, there needs to be new alternatives to the current institution of policing. This session will feature movement leaders discussing proposed alternatives to policing and will allow for the audience to also discuss what kind of services and alternatives they would like to build a safe and just world|
|Criminal justice and/or mass incarceration||The war on drugs is a racket||Panel discussion on who has profited from the drug war and who has been victimized. From those prescribed predatory pain meds pushed by the pharma lobby, to the profit generated by incarceration and the military industrial complexes extension to our police forces. The drug war is built upon the profit of a few and the suffering of many. Although there should be special attention paid to the greater impact on marginalized groups, the over arching theme should focus on how the drug war is a war that is predominantly waged against the poor and disadvantaged.|
|Global drug policy||Decolonizing Drug Use: Positioning Our Movement to Combat Imperialism||It's well documented how global drug control efforts have contributed to ongoing violence, discrimination, and injustice against marginalized communities across the world. But what is not acknowledged as much is how the global drug control system is in of itself an extension of colonialism. Whether it is the erasure of indigenous lands and culture, violent oppression against people of African descent, or religious intolerance against minority populations, drug prohibition is being used as a cover for imperialist powers to continue subjugating the rest of the world to colonial rule. |
This session will dive into how transnational cooperation on drug prohibition and supply eradication has allowed the oppressive legacy of colonialism to continue into the 21st century, and why our movement should consider our end goal to not be just the legalization of drugs, but the decolonization of drug use across the world.
|Global drug policy||Applying a Human Rights Framework to Drug Policy||As activists, we often discuss how we want a human rights centered approach to drug policy. However, we often do not discuss what exactly that looks like. It's easy enough to point out where the execution of drug policies violate international human rights obligations. But could we formulate the regulation of drugs in a way which actively helps states to fulfill their international human rights obligations? This interactive session will attempt to answer this question.|
|Global drug policy||Visions of Liberation: When We End the Drug War||During this meeting, members of SSDP will hold space for young people and other members of the drug policy reform movement to come together, share, discuss, and develop a collective vision of their Ideal post-prohibitionist world. Participants of this youth-led exercise will explore a variety of topics, from honest drug education to decolonization, as we co-create our vision|
|Global drug policy||Latin American Drug Policy and Culture||With Latin American chapters of SSDP splitting off, and many Latin American Countries such as Mexico currently reforming or looking to radically shift their drug policies and cultures, more than ever do we need to build bridges and learn from drug policy activists and advocates in Latin America. From cannabis to psychedelics to coca - we will hear from experts in law, public health, policy, and student activists in various areas of expertise dive into what the drug war impact and movement is like from our latinx neighbors across the Americas.|
|Global drug policy||Post Prohibition Model CND||Prohibition has ended and now international bodies have to figure out how to manage the newly decriminalised drug industry. This is a participatory workshop, where each person will assume the role of a country and have to participate in the Global Drug Policy creating body: The Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Each country will be provided with a list of political motives they have to work within (e.g. your country is competing with country x to be the biggest cocaine supplier in the world, your country is breaching human rights conventions through forced labour in the cannabis industry, it’s an election year in your country and the conservative party is forecasted to be in power) We will then go through the motions of CND, with countries making interventions, presenting sessions and so on.|
|Global drug policy||US Influence on International Drug Control|| It is the strong preference of the Global Team this be an address to the entire conference (during opening, closing or plenary), as we would like to reach the maximum amount of people as possible. The drug industry is a global one and the US has a major influence on global drug policy. The goal of this speech is to encourage US members to engage in international advocacy. Drug policy reform in the US seems to focus a lot on internal issues, even though drug policy changes in the US have major implications on other countries. (for example US cannabis legalisation effects on cannabis producers in bordering countries) The US has and still to this day does dictate drug policy in other countries (eg Mexico) We would like to mobilize our members to engage in UN opportunities in NY, talk directly to the US CND delegates about the implications of US policy and for our US members, who have abundant access to resources/finances due to their environment, to get involved in advocacy in bordering countries/all countries that import drugs to the US or in countries where they US has direct influence on drug policy. 10-15 minutes long. |
|Harm reduction - highly stigmatized drugs||Shared Experience: Supporting People through Problematic Drug Use||Supporting people through problematic drug use can be a complicated process. Join this discussion for helpful insights, boundaries, and approaches to supporting people through problematic substance use. Experts will have both lived and shared experience as people who use highly stigmatized drugs and/or those with experience supporting others.|
|Harm reduction - highly stigmatized drugs||Harm Reduction in Recovery||Higlighting the intricate connection between Harm Reduction and recovery and its implications in direct service work done at Recovery Community Organizations like Rebel Recovery FL in battling the opioid crisis.|
|Harm reduction - highly stigmatized drugs||Harm Reduction in Rural Communities||As accidental overdose deaths continue to rise in the United States, rural drug overdose rates are rising and surpassing those of their urban counterparts. While fewer people report using drugs in rural areas, stigma and lack of access to services increase the harms associated with drug use. Harm reduction services in rural communities must be tailored with the realities of rural life in mind, including facing the challenge of geographic separation and lack of access to funding.|
|Harm reduction - highly stigmatized drugs||Stimulant Harm Reduction||As global stimulant use continues to rise, it is important to learn about the trends of use to provide relevant harm reduction services and resources to communities. Our speakers, with lived experience or experience in direct service harm reduction in communities with prevalent stimulant use, will discuss the current trends across the world and how to best engage in harm reduction work in coalition with people who use stimulants.|
|Harm reduction - highly stigmatized drugs||The West African Opioid Crisis and The US Opioid Crisis: Similarities and Stark Differences||The West African Opioid Crisis is caused by a range of effects: low availability of prescribed opioids, high availability of adulterated substances sold as ‘Tramadol’, loose borders, the need to work longer hours, and much more. It has become the most alarming Opioid Crisis in the world. I think it would be interesting to see US Opioid Crisis specialists/researchers/advocates, discuss this with African Opioid Crisis specialists/researchers/advocates.|
|Harm reduction - highly stigmatized drugs||Will This Show Up on My Drug Test?||Current science and policy behind common employer and probation drug tests and the factors that affect them, myths around ways to avoid positive results, how long commonly used drugs stay in your system, and legal recourse when tests are positive. Bring your questions!|
|Harm reduction - highly stigmatized drugs||Drug Education of the Future||What are the different ways that harm reduction drug education is reaching people today? What are ways we can continue to scale and innovate this work?|
|Harm reduction - highly stigmatized drugs||Stimulant Safe Supply||What is the current state of the stimulant overdose crisis? How would safe access to prescription stimulants for people with SUD help? How does this intersect with disability justice? Are there programs being implemented successfully in different parts of the world?|
|Harm reduction - highly stigmatized drugs||Herbal Harm Reduction||What is the current science around herbs and supplements in harm reduction? Does any of it really work?|
|Harm reduction - highly stigmatized drugs||Safe supply is a concept that could change everything||Safe supply is a concept that has changed the conversation around drug policy in Canada.|
We defined safe supply as "legal alternatives to currently illicit drugs" and based it on our fundamental human right to use state altering or euphoria producing drugs.
This presentation will highlight the context of the overdose crisis in Canada, including the impact on indigenous communities, as well as the lobbying and advocacy efforts that are leading to safe supply becoming "mainstream" and politically acceptable drug policy.
|Harm reduction - nightlife||"Test Before You Ingest" Campaigns At Your School||Let's talk about the ways that certain organizations have established "Test Before You Ingest" campaigns on campus, including powder/pill testing services.|
|Health (physical and/or mental health, healthcare, substance use disorders)||"More Than Just a Phase" - What Does a Lifelong Relationship with Drugs Look Like?||So often substance use and experimentation are thought of as a phenomenon of youth. We work to de-stigmatize drugs but rarely talk about how we (drug users) actually incorporate our consumption into complex, colorful, and productive adult lives. This ((panel/workshop/circle discussion)) will explore dimensions of self-disclosure and self medicating including: in what settings it is appropriate to disclose, how much is too much/too often, and how one’s experiences are often based on differing levels of privilege.|
|Health (physical and/or mental health, healthcare, substance use disorders)||From the Festivals to the Streets: Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Community Mental Health||How can we as a community use the skills of psychedelic harm reduction to support those struggling with a mental health crisis beyond festivals? When we see someone having a rough time on the streets, how can we engage without involving the police? Join us in this discussion of how to do your part in rerouting the mental health system to one of community and support as opposed to criminalization.|
|Health (physical and/or mental health, healthcare, substance use disorders)||Designing a Healthcare System that Works for PWUD||What are the ways that PWUD currently interface with healthcare systems? What are major changes that have occurred within this relationship in the last few decades? What opportunities and challenges are there for PWUD in influencing the health professions? How can health professionals better serve PWUD?|
|Health (physical and/or mental health, healthcare, substance use disorders)||Legalize Altered States||What are innovations in the way we respond to mental health crisis? Can mental health first aid become as common as the Heimlich maneuver? What is needed in terms of mental health education, infrastructure, and other resources (peers, funding) in order to widely support altered states of all kinds?|
|Health (physical and/or mental health, healthcare, substance use disorders)||Decriminalize Health||What are the ways that the criminal justice system currently exerts influence in healthcare? How can disentangling these systems improve patient care and public safety?|
|Health (physical and/or mental health, healthcare, substance use disorders)||Mental Health First Aid||What can you do if someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis? What are ways to support that person?|
|Health (physical and/or mental health, healthcare, substance use disorders)||Pills Don’t Kill||Some use phrases like “pills kill, weed doesn’t” to draw artificial lines around which drugs are “all natural” vs. pharmaceuticals. It has become increasingly common among those pushing for cannabis and psychedelic reform to use this messaging to distinguish some drugs from others. Not only is this classification not based in scientific reasoning, but it also places unnecessary stigmatization on a large number of drugs. Many rely on pills/pharmaceuticals to function, thus making the “pills kill” argument ableist and harmful to many in our community and beyond. This session will take a nuanced look at big pharma, and discuss how we can fight for drug policy reform without excluding those who use pharmaceuticals.|
|Intersecting social justice issues||#MeToo in our Movement II: Building the future we deserve||(This is a placeholder in response to high levels of interest in reconvening a panel on the topic of sexual harrassment and violence in the movement and is very much open to modification. If you would like to be involved in this panel, please contact Betty.)|
Last year, we exposed the institutional structures in our movement that have permitted predatory behavior and silenced people targeted by sexual harrassment and violence. This year, join a facilitated conversation to develop resources for reinforcing equitable treatement and consent, addressing harms, and building a safer culture in your chapter, on your campus, and in our movement.
|Intersecting social justice issues||Crippling Pain: Disability and the Opioid Epidemic||On the other side of the opioid epidemic, a largely vulnerable population is suffering (and sometimes dying) not because of opioid use, but because of its absence. Pain patients and people who use drugs are often pitted against each other and framed as the villain of the other's story. As overdoses continue to rise the reality that restrictions will not solve the crisis is increasingly clear. How can these two populations help each other? Fighting the crackdown on prescribing and moving funding from restrictions to harm reduction could lead to a better quality of life for all of us.|
|Intersecting social justice issues||Look at the Roots: Where Chaotic Substance Use Stems From||Our movement is constantly engaged in work to reduce and ultimately end the stigma levied against people who use drugs, especially when this substance use can be publicly recognized as chaotic. How do chaotic use patterns develop, what are some root causes that may push substance use in a chaotic direction, and how can a holistic approach be implemented to reduce stigma towards people who use drugs, whether their use be chaotic or not? Topics of discussion may include housing, healthcare, poverty, inequality, colonialism, and a litany of other potential precursors to substance misuse.|
|Intersecting social justice issues||Intersections of People Who Use Drugs and People Who Sell Drugs||In a legal reality where passing a joint counts as drug distribution and buying ecstasy for your friends counts as a selling operation, it is clear that the line separating people who use drugs and people who sell drugs is awfully blurry. Why, then, do we see trends of decreasing stigma for people who use drugs and drug-induced homicide laws being used against people who sell them? What makes people who are involved with drugs 'users' or 'sellers' in the first place?|
|Intersecting social justice issues||The War on Drugs is a War on Immigrants||From the earliest drug laws targeting immigrant communities to present-day mass deportation,, the War on Drugs has constantly served as a global threat to human rights, but especially the rights of immigrants. In this discussion, we will examine how the war on immigrants, which serves as the foundation of the War on Drugs affects our current activism.|
|Intersecting social justice issues||Drug Use as a Human Right - Conversation on Cognitive Liberty||It is clear that the War on Drugs has always been a war on people who use drugs. When we are trying to imagine a world post-prohibition, we need a clear stance on the freedom of consenting adults to alter their minds as they choose. What would our global drug policies look like in a world where cognitive liberty is held up as a core freedom of the human experience?|
|Intersecting social justice issues||Keep Families Together: Conversations from the War on Families and Pregnant People||I would like to bring together folks involved with National Advocates for Pregnant Women and Urban Survivors Union to talk about how the War on Drugs targets pregnant people who use drugs, and really talk about the intersections of police violence based on race and class.|
|Intersecting social justice issues||You Say You Want a Revolution...||Revolutions are completed when intersecting movements align, and the intersection of drug policy reform and climate action is critical. People for Sensible Drug Culture is committed to turning out the drug policy reform movement in solidarity with Sunrise Movement and the international climate coalition's April 22 Climate Strike. This strike is in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The inaugural event mobilized 20 million people and resulted in the founding the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. 2020 represents another powerful full circle: 50 years of the Controlled Substances Act, the legislative foundation of the War on Drugs. Synchronously, the US is experiencing a generational shift in the electorate. Voters ages 18-39 will make 37% of the electorate in 2020, making young people the majority for the first time - so we must mobilize the largest voter turnout in US history.|
This panel will break down Sunrise's strategy and explain PSDC's 2020 campaign, our plans for the DNC, and our PSDC x Sunrise campaign for music festivals over the summer. We invite everyone to join us, learn how to get involved, and hopefully be moved to join their local Sunrise hub. Materials will be available for chapters to learn how to collaborate with Sunrise hubs. We encourage everyone to promote the Earth Day Climate Strike at all Bicycle Day and 420 events, then turn out as we make history together.
|Intersecting social justice issues||Decolonizing Wealth in Drug Policy and Beyond||Every movement needs money to function, but it's no secret that money is unequally distributed in the world today. In the United States, wealth has been accumulated through land theft, exploiting natural resources, slavery, underpaid labor, and tax evasion. Grantmaking foundations own over $800 billion in assets, yet are only required to spend 5% per year, and less than 8% of that is invested in communities of color. Getting funded is hard for every nonprofit, but fundraising for a cause as misunderstood and maligned as drug policy is even trickier. How do we stick to our values in fundraising, change the colonial dynamics in philanthropy and finance, and start looking at wealth as a tool to serve the communities it was stolen from? We will also explore the drug policy reform movement's complicated relationship with the legal cannabis industry, whose explosive growth and lack of racial equity increasingly drive complicated questions about ethics and money in the movement.|
|Intersecting social justice issues||Voting is Harm Reduction||Demographic shifts, political alignments, social movements... Change is in the air, and US voters have a choice: transformative change or a continuation of the status quo. This session will break down the Democratic candidates' positions on various elements of drug policy, including cannabis policy reform, opioid crisis response, and criminal justice reform. It was also include an overview of their climate action platform and their status within Sunrise Movement/The People's Alignment and the role this will play in the general election. The session will then explain the role that demographic shifts and generational differences in primary media platforms will play in the 2020 election, with a brief overview of the unique situations that enabled the result of the 2016 election. We will also do a case study overview of the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, as it relates to voter suppression and the potential for an unexpected Electoral College (and potentially Senate) swing state. At least 20 minutes of the session will include role-playing scenarios so that participants can learn how to counter young voter apathy, and we will close with Q&A session. Our ultimate goal is to send participants back into the wild fully believing that it our revolution is possible, if only we organize like we've never organized before.|
|Law||Know Your Rights: Campus Activism & Student Group Rights||We propose to have 1-2 FIRE staffers present an interactive session on student and student organization First Amendment rights on campus, focusing particularly on those issues that we see most often impact SSDP chapters and similar student advocacy organizations. We propose to cover student rights generally around campus activism, common problems encountered by politically-engaged student organizations, and common problems encountered by cannabis-related students organizations. Last year, we partnered with student SSDP leaders to talk through difficulties they encounter in dealing with campus administrations, discussing both practical and legal responses. We hope to collaborate with student leaders again this year, and hope to have audience questions and participation throughout, with the aim of structuring the session as a group problem-solving workshop or Q&A.|
|Lobbying & advocacy||How To Win When Authorities Stonewall You||Administrators won't sign off on a club about drugs? Student services office categorically refuses to approve your activities? Local police shut down all your fundraisers? Granting bodies routinely ignoring you?|
Sometimes the authorities are in control and are set against you. But there are ways to gain influence and fight back -- and win! Come talk strategy with an old alum who successfully won fights against aggressive fire marshals, aggressive student life offices, aggressive cops, and aggressive liquor control boards.
|Lobbying & advocacy||sensible drug policy in different political parties||What does sensible drug policy look like in different political ideologies? What substances, and what aspects of drug policy are people most passionate about? How do we bridge our differences and work together to reach mutual goals?|
|Lobbying & advocacy||How to organize for results||Outline strategies and goals that can move us forward as a group|
|Lobbying & advocacy||Lobbying 101||Pretty similar to a scheduled panel for SSDP2019, just a talk from folks about how to lobby, but I'd like some focus on the differences between local and state lobbying as well. Pretty simple event, but it's always helpful to have.|
|Lobbying & advocacy||Lobbying for Change||"Lobbyist" may be one of the world's longest four-letter words but positive change rarely takes place without activists meeting with elected officials. This session will feature a structured chat with legislative staff and lobbyists in the drug policy reform movement who will share their experiences in how to effect legislative change and will conclude with an interactive Q&A component. Topics covered will include how to basics like scheduling, preparing for, and executing successful lobby meetings as well as organizing lobby days and campaigns. In addition to the Q&A component, attendees will be encouraged to submit questions in advance for consideration. Whether you've never met with an elected official or are a seasoned lobbying veteran, this spin on traditional "lobbying 101" training will offer something for all activists of varying levels of experience.|
|Lobbying & advocacy||Drug-by-drug decriminalization at the local level||This session would talk about the benefits and dangers of drug-by-drug decriminalization, specifically the entheogenic plant and fungi decriminalization movement that is occuring in 2019. What are the benefits of making these baby steps happen, and what are the dangers of them? Are we indirectly stigmatizing other substances in the process? What are common obstacles that occur at the local level when it comes to this topic?|
|Other||LOUD Music, LOUD Politics, LOUD Drugs! Making art and fighting prohibition go hand in hand.||In this interactive program, we will examine the relationships between music, art, politics, and ending the War on Drugs.|
We’ll start off with a short roundtable discussion featuring several successful artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and musicians.
Together we’ll explore how artistic creation mirrors policy reform.
Afterwards, we will split into group breakout sessions to continue the discussion.
At the end, we will close out with the LOUD Music & Art Showcase.
Aside from the featured speakers, attendees may also sign up in advance for the showcase, or just show up and express yourselves!
✨Format is as follows:
1. Roundtable discussion for 30 minutes on the intersections between drugs, music, art, and journalism.
2. Group breakout sessions for 15 minutes. Audience will split into 3 different groups: drug legalization, music, and journalism.
3. LOUD Music & Art Showcase for 20 minutes.
[Timing of program format subject to change.]
|Psychedelics||Psychedelic Accessibility||How does the future accessibility of psychedelic medicine harm indigenous cultures.|
|Psychedelics||Turning Psychedelic Excitement Towards the Broader War on Drugs||Our lack of access to psychedelics is merely a symptom of a larger disease that is the War on Drugs. It’s a terrible and painful “symptom” that prevents people from accessing healing medicines and may even be preventing evolution of the species, but it’s not directly lethal. The overdose crisis, on the other hand, is an unambiguously lethal symptom of the same disease. How can we harness the capitalistic excitement and personal fervor around psychedelics into fighting the larger War on Drugs?|
|Psychedelics||SSDP Psychedelic Pipeline: Developing our psychedelic community||Last year, SSDP began the development of a Psychedelic Pipeline, the first program of its kind intended to support the creation of a psychedelic community with intentions of expanding access to quality training, mentorship, and opportunities in the field of psychedelic therapy and research. The first phase of the pipeline is the mentorship program, and this session will feature pipeline mentees and mentors sharing their experience in the program thus far, including any new opportunities they've gained access to, projects they are working on, etc|
|Psychedelics||This is your career on psychedelics||In this session, attendees will hear from people working in the "psychedelic field." Panelists/speakers will include people doing work other than therapy and research, and whose work is essential for the psychedelic renaissance to thrive.|
|Psychedelics||Decriminalizing Psychedelics and Getting People Out of Jail||Mental health crisis in the US leads in more arrests than psychedelics possession. Many plants that are not psychedelic are criminalized. How can the discussion around supporting psychedelic states evolve and encompass supporting all altered states? How can the legislation around psychedelics decrim be used to support mental health and harm reduction infrastructure that helps even more people get free?|
|Psychedelics||Qualitative Psychedelic Research||What are some current frameworks researchers are using to discuss the experiential component of psychedelic therapy? What are current methods in qualitative research? What is the importance of qualitative research? How can this type of work be supported?|
|Skills-building workshops||Doing The Work: Highlighting Organizations Founded By SSDP Alumni||A panel of SSDP Alumni present on the work they've done outside of SSDP discussing nonprofits (and possibly companies/other projects) that they have built: what they learned from SSDP and what they've learned since, and how to follow in their paths to build successful structures to change the world.|
|Skills-building workshops||Medicinal Gardening||Floral/foraged plant bouquet arrangement/crafting workshop, then people present their work for an ignite session. This is a hands-on workshop combined with ignite session of speakers ranting about how gardening can help decriminalize plants, fungi, and plant/fungal extracts. Good for unwinding and igniting at the same time.|
|Skills-building workshops||Taking Drug Policy Reform Off-Campus||Campuses are great for connecting young people, providing places for shared learning and collective discussion, and promoting common goals through shared experiences of on-campus life. They are also incredibly insular, with most of the drug policy victories occurring on campuses staying there and not helping the surrounding community. How does one work to support the local community off-campus, engage in local community organizations, or keep up with the latest city news? Learn how other campus based SSDP chapters have found success through engaging with advocates in their surrounding communities.|
|Skills-building workshops||Boundaries: If you think you don't need them, you need them the most||Have you ever experienced burnout? Is activism your whole world, 24/7? Do you feel pressure to do every project and campaign that comes your way, even if your personal life takes a backseat to it? Do you sometimes wish you were doing less, and then feel guilty about it? When working to end the War on Drugs, we're facing an uphill battle in many ways, especially as we often have to contend with our own drug war-related trauma while holding space for others'. Emotional labor is one of the most overlooked aspects of organizing, and taking care of ourselves is essential to making our activism sustainable. Come learn strategies for resilience, knowing your capacity, and the hardest one of all: saying no.|
|Skills-building workshops||SSDP Alumni Adulting Office Hours||Want some career advice? Practice a job interview? Get someone to review your resume? Make a plan for how to keep your chapter alive after you've left? Talk about how to make decisions about where to move after graduation? Get advice about how to deal with a difficult professional or personal situation? SSDP alumni have been where you are in your activist and personal lives, and are very eager to share what they've learned about what activism and life looks like after age 22. After a very short intro from the facilitator, 5-15 SSDP alumni will make themselves available for 1-1 conversations with participants.|
|Skills-building workshops||Cross Country Cultural Exchange||Our network is growing rapidly and we can learn a lot from each other. This is an opportunity for everyone to sit down and discuss what being an activist is like in their environment, what they’ve learned and what challenges they face. We want to facilitate a space where we can connect on our similarities and learn from our differences. Suggest we split into groups of 5 (in order to facilitate as much connection as possible) and trust our members to be both facilitators and participants.|
|Skills-building workshops||Psychedelic Art to End the Drug War||Reflective group art-making workshop to manifest our minds about the drug war, to imagine alternatives, and to creatively work with the obstacles in our way to abolish prisons inner and outer.|
|Skills-building workshops||Grow Your Own Medicine||Psychoactive and medicinal plants and fungi are all around us and many are legal to grow. What are some of these plants that may be of interest to people who use drugs and how can someone cultivate them for personal use with limited space and resources? What does plant policy have to do with drug policy?|