I know there are almost 200,000 of you out there, but despite my best efforts, I've only met a handful of you. You know who you are... Your plans to go to college were derailed after you lost your financial aid for getting a drug conviction.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the American Civil Liberties Union are now seeking plaintiffs for a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that strips college financial aid from students with drug convictions.
Maybe you had to drop out of school for a little (or long) while, maybe you were able to stay in school by taking less classes so you could work extra hours to make up for lost tuition assistance, or maybe you just got convicted and don't really know what's going to happen with the future of your education.
For years, SSDP students across the country have lobbied Congress to scrap this harmful and ineffective Drug War policy. But we've always had a hard time getting our peers who have been affected by the law to come forward and share their stories. Without being able to put a face on the law, we've had a hard time showing lawmakers the real harm it causes.
But now is your chance to stand up and claim your tuition money back.
Students who have lost their financial aid because of drug convictions can sign up and be considered as plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit. If we're successful, we'll erase this law from the books and make sure that no student ever again has to fear losing their college access because of a minor drug conviction.
For more information about the lawsuit and the aid ban itself, visit http://www.ssdp.org/lawsuit or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, you can help even if you don't have a conviction:
On the lawsuit info page, you'll find flyers that you can print and hang up or hand out to help us find more plaintiffs for the class action case.
And be sure to sign up for periodic news updates and action alerts from SSDP:
Finally, check out today's New York Times article on the ACLU/SSDP lawsuit.