Student Leaders in Drug Policy & Justice

1st National Conference: November 5-6, 1999, Washington, DC

For decades the War on Drugs has been presented to the public as the only way to "save our children." Today's college students, many of whom grew up in the 80's and 90's and were the very children this war was supposed to protect, have seen firsthand the failure of punitive approaches to discourage youth drug use. As students we possess an important and unique voice to raise awareness about the consequences of prohibition.

The War on Drugs and the unregulated market it has created pose a threat to our generation and society as a whole. As this war expands and further erodes our civil liberties, incarcerates our peers and even engulfs the higher education system, it is time for students to raise their voices.

Drug policy is not an issue of the "left" or the "right." Wasted tax money and wasted lives affect us all. Students from across the country, representing a wide array of political, societal, economic and education backgrounds, are coming to Washington to discuss the drug war and to find ways to work together to bring about reform. Gain a deeper understanding of the effects of current U.S. drug policies and learn how you can make a difference! For a generation, expanding prison populations, shrinking Constitutional protections, the shipment of arms to Latin American militaries and escalating corruption have been rationalized as "sending a message to our children."

We, the college students of today, were those children! It is up to us to make our voices heard. Join us and help end the War on Drugs!

Why You Should Belong:

  • Learn to engage your campus, administration, local and national media and state and federal representatives.
  • Interact with other campus activists and national leaders, and build coalitions.
  • Become a leader in the growing national campus movement for drug policy reform.

For further information, contact:
Peder Nelson at (202) 293-8340