Rod Abhari ’15 writes in about a new student org on campus:
Are you passionate about drug policy activism, or interested in learning more about it? Do you want to have a voice in campus alcohol and drug policy? Are you Interested in learning how to lobby? If so, we would like to invite you to be a founding member of Middlebury Students for Sensible Drug Policy!
This club is a local chapter of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy, an international student-run drug policy group that advocates for drug policy reform on campus and at the state and national level.
The SSDP boasts an impressive list of policy successes, including lobbying to force Congress to scale back the Higher Education Act Aid Elimination Penalty, which prevents students with drug convictions from receiving financial aid. Nearly 200,00 students have been affected by the penalty. SSDP mobilized 125 student governments to voice their opposition to the unjust policy, built a coalition of more than 300 prominent education, recovery, and civil rights organizations, and lobbied Congress aggressively for reform. As a result, the penalty no longer applies to those who are convicted of drug crimes while they are not in college and receiving financial aid. In other words, if a high school student or a person taking time off from school is convicted, their aid will not be affected when they return to school.
We hope to see you tomorrow!
Date: Tomorrow, Thursday 12/05/2013
Time: 5:00 PM
Place: Gifford Classroom