Thursday, April 19, 2007

HELPing Students is Easy!

The Senate HELP committee will be deciding whether to repeal the HEA Aid Elimination Penalty this week. Years of hard work by SSDP could finally result in opening the doors to higher education for students with drug convictions.

Since 1999, almost 200,000 student have been denied some form of aid. Think about the unknown number of students that didn't even bother to fill out the FAFSA because of Question 31. More than 335 National Organizations and 115 Student Governments support the repeal of this counterproductive law. This law acts as a deterrent to education, not to drugs.

Call your senator today! Just follow Jake's instructions. He's a pro at this stuff!

Don't forget to take an extra 30 seconds and send a follow up email right here!


Monday, April 16, 2007

Props to Brown University

What a weekend!

Dan Macombie, Trevor Stutz, Matthew Palvesky, Julia Van De Wall and all the dedicated members of Brown University's SSDP chapter put together an incredible Northeast Regional Conference this past weekend.

The conference gained press in the Providence Journal focusing on former RI Senator Lincoln Chaffee's discussion Friday evening on the need to reexamine the Drug War. Senator Chaffee spoke out in opposition to the HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, mandatory minimum sentencing, and RI Governor Don Carcieri's veto of the state's Medical Marijuana Bill.

Everything from the delicious food to the interactive and fun workshops like "Telling the Truth in 30 Seconds" was put together flawlessly. Brown SSDP raised the bar for future regional conferences.

Next stop: New Orleans.