Archive | June, 2014

SSDP conference

30 Jun

Great news! Today was originally the last day to register at early 
bird rates for the
2014 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference and Lobby Day
but we have extended this deadline until Monday, June 30. Take
 advantage of this early bird discount before rates increase early
 next week.

In case you missed it before, here’s an overview of the conference,
 which promises to be our largest-ever event:

Over the course of three days every other fall, the Students for
Sensible Drug Policy network comes together to celebrate, learn,
connect, and advocate at the SSDP Conference + Lobby Day. This
 year, SSDP2014 will bring more than 400 student members, alumni, and supporters to Washington, DC, September 26-29, 2014 for our
largest-ever gathering featuring:
  • Educational programming. The core conference 
  • program will include prominent keynote speakers
  •  and panels addressing the hottest topics in policy,
  •  harm reduction, leadership, organizing, and advocacy.
  • Awards Ceremony + Dance Party. SSDP recognizes
  •  outstanding network members with a biannual
  •  awards ceremony followed by a dance party.
  • SSDP Job Fair. Students and alumni will have a 
  • unique opportunity to connect with drug policy 
  • reform organizations and legal marijuana-related
  •  businesses seeking to enhance their growing staffs
  •  with young people who are uniquely dedicated and 
  • already trained in leadership skills.
  • Student Congress. Our annual student board 
  • member election and governing resolution process 
  • invites all SSDP members to participate in defining
  •  their SSDP.
  • Lobby Day. Students, alumni, and network members
  •  will have a unique opportunity to lobby Members of 
  • Congress on a core issue for the SSDP network and 
  • other critical drug policy reforms with a team of
  •  like-minded advocates.
  • And more. Alumni gatherings, regional meetups,
  •  networking meals, and other events offer nearly
  •  non-stop opportunities to connect with advocates and
  • leaders of the drug policy reform movement!

I hope you’ll join me along with hundreds of students, alumni 
and supporters dedicated to ending the failed war on drugs in 
Washington DC this September 26-29! Read more about what’s
 in store for SSDP2014 on our conference homepage

Prices will never be lower than they are now, so register today!

Stacia Cosner, Deputy DirectorSensibly,
Stacia Cosner
Deputy Director
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
1011 O Street NW #1 Washington DC 20001
(202)393-5280 www.SchoolsNotPrisons.org

SSDP conference

30 Jun
Great news! Today was originally the last day to register at early bird rates for the2014 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference and Lobby Day, but we have extended this deadline until Monday, June 30. Take advantage of this early bird discount before rates increase early next week.

In case you missed it before, here’s an overview of the conference, which promises to be our largest-ever event:

Over the course of three days every other fall, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy network comes together to celebrate, learn, connect, and advocate at the SSDP Conference + Lobby Day. This year, SSDP2014 will bring more than 400 student members, alumni, and supporters to Washington, DC, September 26-29, 2014 for our largest-ever gathering featuring:
  • Educational programming. The core conference program will include prominent keynote speakers and panels addressing the hottest topics in policy, harm reduction, leadership, organizing, and advocacy.
  • Awards Ceremony + Dance Party. SSDP recognizes outstanding network members with a biannual awards ceremony followed by a dance party.
  • SSDP Job Fair. Students and alumni will have a unique opportunity to connect with drug policy reform organizations and legal marijuana-related businesses seeking to enhance their growing staffs with young people who are uniquely dedicated and already trained in leadership skills.
  • Student Congress. Our annual student board member election and governing resolution process invites all SSDP members to participate in defining their SSDP.
  • Lobby Day. Students, alumni, and network members will have a unique opportunity to lobby Members of Congress on a core issue for the SSDP network and other critical drug policy reforms with a team of like-minded advocates.
  • And more. Alumni gatherings, regional meetups, networking meals, and other events offer nearly non-stop opportunities to connect with advocates and leaders of the drug policy reform movement!

I hope you’ll join me along with hundreds of students, alumni and supporters dedicated to ending the failed war on drugs in Washington DC this September 26-29! Read more about what’s in store for SSDP2014 on our conference homepage

Prices will never be lower than they are now, so register today!

Stacia Cosner, Deputy DirectorSensibly,
Stacia Cosner
Deputy Director
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
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SSDP2014
Students are invited to apply for scholarships to help them afford to travel to and attend the conference. Apply for a scholarship.
Do you have an idea for a session or speaker you’d like to see at SSDP2014?Submit a session proposal.
SSDP2014 is made possible through the support of our nonprofit and corporate sponsors. For more information and to sponsor this event, click here.

Register today.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy
1011 O Street NW #1 Washington DC 20001
(202)393-5280 www.SchoolsNotPrisons.org

DC 4th of July Parade

30 Jun
Calling ALL DC Statehood Supporters:
 
What to DC is the 4th of July? — It’s a time to get the community involved in DC Statehoodsend our message to our political leaders and to have fun!  The DC Statehood contingent has grown each year and so has the enthusiastic response of the crowd!  Let’s continue the tradition. Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC!) has marched in the Palisades 4th of July parade and picnic for many years, with DC Statehood as our theme; with DC Statehood banners, fliers, shirts and caps. Come join the many other supporters of DC Statehood at the parade.  (Cars and floats also welcome!)


WHAT:  39th Annual Palisades 4th of July Parade

WHEN:   Friday, July 4th, 2014 – Parade Steps off at 11:00 am ends around 2 pm; please meet the DC Statehood Groups no later than 10:30 am – just look for the DC Statehood signs and banners!  There will be lots of participants, people on the sidelines and aspiring political candidates to see our DC Statehood message.

WHERE:  Corner of Whitehaven Pkwy & MacArthur Blvd (near Our Lady of Victory School, 4755 Whitehaven Pkwy, NW) in very upper NW Washington, DC
(The D2 bus will take you closest as possible to the parade step off site).  Questions for Public Transportation? — call 202-637-7000 or go to WMATA.com.)
   
Please arrive no later than 10:30 am and look for the DC Statehood signs banners and clothing.  Please bring any DC Statehood signs or paraphernalia that you have you made or already have!

After the parade, there will be a cookout, music, prizes, moon bounces, and games for the kids. 

For more information see:  http://www.palisadesdc.org/

Anise Jenkins
Executive Director
Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC)
www.FreeDC.org

Libertarian calendar for June

30 Jun
International events here.   For Libertarian Party fare go here.

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June 21

International Libertarian Holiday
Edward Snowden (Birth)Day

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June 30
Washington DC

Liberty Toastmasters anniversary

  • Terra Eclipse

    600 F St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004

Liberty Toastmasters was founded two years ago to advance the discussion of liberty through the development of oral communication and leadership skills.

To celebrate our two year anniversary, we’re having a party!

Since this falls so close to Independence Day, we’re having our own freedom fiesta. We encourage you to come decked out in red, white, and blue. Dinner will be a potluck, so please check out the sign up list below.

Whether you’re one of the founding members, just getting started, or even merely curious about what Toastmasters is in general, we hope you’ll come join us!

Diversity at the LP national convention – Arvin Vohra narrowly elected vice chair of Libertarian National Committee

30 Jun

Arvin Vohra was narrowly elected to be the vice chair of the Libertarian National Committee, in a 49%/48% tie with Sam Goldstein.  Vohra, who currently serves on the LNC, is a Maryland Congressional candidate and owns a tutoring and test preparation firm in Bethesda, MD.  Mr. Vohra has been active in social media for the LP and finding volunteer workers for the national office.

Vohra is the first Asian vice chair elected in the party’s 40 year history.
Vohra was endorsed by newly elected chair Nicholas Sarwark, a Denver area attorney and current member of the LNC.

A new voting system was enacted into the party bylaws and employed for the first time for the 5 at large members of the LNC, where each delegate voted on one ballot for which candidates they were willing to see on the LNC, rather than voting on each candidate separately.  The predicted result is making it much more difficult for “outlier” candidates who are passionately supported by a small group of voters to be elected.

“Starchild,” the long serving LNC member who is a San Francisco area sex worker given to androgynous and sartorially creative dress at LNC meetings and LP conventions, and known for asking “out of the box” questions at meetings and proposing populist measures like no floor fees and free attendance at conventions, lost his LNC seat.

The Independent’s Kmele Foster on the Prospects for Liberty

30 Jun

Shawn Quinn – An Interview with the Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate, Maryland

28 Jun
WashCo Chronicle Page TWO: Shawn Quinn – An Interview with the Libertarian Ca…: The following is a guest post/interview conducted by David Malekar, who regularly contributes content to the WashCo Chronicle. The intervi…