On September 30, CSSDP will be joining organizations from across Canada on Parliament Hill to rally for drug policy reform. In the past, CSSDP has independently organized an annual Lobby Day as a way to raise awareness about drug policy with federal elected officials. Today SSDP, our American partner organization, is doing their Lobby Day in Washington D.C. So it is perfect timing to rally students once again to Parliament Hill along with other allied drug policy organizations working to make change!
Join us tomorrow at 11 AM on the hill to express our disappointment in our current drug policies and push for reform! Check out the events happening over the next two days in the schedule. For more information on the rally please visit www.rufedupca.com and find out how you can get involved. We look forward to seeing you there!
The final day of the 2014 SSDP Conference left all the attendees filled with energy and excitement. With hundreds of students in attendance, the conference provided new knowledge, new connections, and new ideas to each one of us! I am so grateful to SSDP for inviting me to attend and have been greatly impacted by all the people I met this past weekend. One of the many assets of the conference was the SSDP alumni that now work as outreach workers in harm reduction organizations. Their frontline experience provided some fascinating insights into what it means to truly serve the communities we are supporting.
The first full day of the 2014 SSDP Conference was a blast! The only down side was having to choose between all the awesome breakout sessions. From media strategies for advocacy to cannabis legalization efforts, the panels covered numerous drug policy topics, but they all had two things in common…the speakers were great and the rooms were full! For this travel journal entry, I am going to highlight a couple of the most personally thought provoking ideas I came across today.
As some of our Twitter followers may know, the SSDP2014 Conference is taking place this weekend, and CSSDP is present and accounted for! I am thrilled to be representing our amazing organization and to be joining the SSDP network for what is sure to be a weekend filled with interesting discussions, thought provoking ideas, and new connections. For those of you that are not able to be here, follow the CSSDP blog as I report and reflect on what is taking place at the conference. I’ll also be live-tweeting the highlights, so make sure you follow CSSDP. Join me as I celebrate, learn, connect, and advocate!
CSSDP has been collaborating with SSDP over the past year to strengthen the international network, which includes chapters in places as far as Ireland and the United Kingdom. This past March when CSSDP went to Vienna to advocate at the annual UN meeting on drugs (which was known formally this year as the “High-Level Segment and 57th Session on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs), we worked together with international SSDP chapters to present at a side event on why criminalization has failed to protect youth, and in fact does more harm than good. Our attendance at this conference is just another way we are working hard to stayed connected to our roots, learn from our partners, and accomplish more together!
Check out the conference program and tweet at CSSDP if there is an event on the agenda in particular that you would like me to report from. I’ll do my best to attend! Be sure to follow my travel journal. 🙂
Chair of the Board of Directors
UPDATE: CSSDP supported and coordinated nine Fed Up rally attendees (seven of which are featured below) through the Fed Up Rally Transportation Bursaries, bringing students and youth to Ottawa from Toronto, Hamilton, and Montreal. Read more about CSSDP’s contribution to the rally!
Seven of the nine Fed Up Rally attendees that CSSDP supported in attending.