April 2, 2013

Drug Policy Activism Training In Portland This Weekend Hosted By Students For Sensible Drug Policy

April 2, 2013
oregon ssdp drug policy activism boot camp

oregon ssdp drug policy activism boot campOverview

This event serves to unite the SSDP chapter network for a day of training, workshops, discussion, networking, and expert presentations aimed to help us refine our skills as advocates for ending the destructive war on drugs.

  • Saturday, April 6, 2013
  • 9:30am-6:00pm
  • Neuberger Hall 237 (930 Southwest Hall Street Portland, OR 97201) on campus at Portland State University
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Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their computers and something to write with.


  • Stacia Cosner, SSDP National Staff
  • Devon Tackels, SSDP National Staff
  • Roy Kaufmann – Oregon Representative, Marijuana Policy Project
  • Anthony Johnson – Executive Director, New Approach Oregon and National Cannabis Coalition


Winning Friends and Influencing Drug Policies
Stacia Cosner

Influencing people is about making people like you, getting people to do something you’d like them to do, and identifying and preparing for opportunities. Participants will be guided through activities that outline plans for influencing state and campus policies. We will also practice and refine skills necessary for lobbying and for getting public officials on the record about drug policy issues.

Effectively Communicating Ideas
Stacia Cosner and Devon Tackels

How to and best practices for effectively communicating through media and storytelling. This session will focus on effective goals, methods, and routes of communication. Participants will engage in hands-on activities designed to develop communication skills and techniques.

Managing to End the Drug War
Devon Tackels

As young student leaders, we are very busy people. It can often feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done and still fight to change the world. By adopting a new perspective on management of your own schedule, and better understanding of the inner dynamics of the way your chapter works, you may be able to get more done than you ever knew. Participants will take part in several time management and critical thinking exercises that will help them develop a better understanding of the way student organizations run, and walk away with the ability to turn your SSDP chapter into well-oiled machine.

Marijuana Policy in Oregon
Roy Kaufmann
Roy will speak to participants about ways to get involved in upcoming campaigns in Oregon.

New Approach Oregon Update
Anthony Johnson
Anthony will give participants an update on New Approach Oregon’s progress toward making marijuana legal in Oregon.



Unless otherwise noted, all training events will take place in Neuberger Hall Room 237.

9:30-10:00am – Registration and breakfast

10:00-11:15am – Effectively Communicating Ideas

11:15-11:30am – Break

11:30am-12:45pm – Managing to End the Drug War

12:45-1:00pm – Group Photo

1:00-2:15pm – Lunch (On your own)

2:15-3:30pm – Winning Friends and Influencing Drug Policies

3:30-3:45pm – Break

3:45-4:15pm – Roy Kaufmann, Oregon Representative, Marijuana Policy Project

4:15-4:30pm – Break

4:30-5:00pm – Anthony Johnson, New Approach Oregon

5:00-5:15pm – Break

5:15-6:00pm – Experts AmA (Ask me anything)


7:00pm-midnight - “Post-Training Networking Social Event + Drug War Trivia” at the Modish Building, 4th floor (333 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR 97205).



Registration will be $25 per person and will include entry to the event, breakfast, name tag, and printed materials.

You may register online or in person at the door.  No students will be denied entry based on their availability to pay.  Please contact devon@ssdp.org or stacia@ssdp.org if you are concerned about your ability to pay.

Extracurricular Activities

Following the event, students, alumni and non-student supporters are invited to join us for a “Post-Training Networking Social Event + Drug War Trivia” from 7pm-midnight at the Modish Building, 4th floor (333 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR 97205).

Additional Lodging Information

Participants will be responsible for arranging their own lodging.  We suggest the following hotel, which is affordable and very close to campus.

University Place Hotel

310 SW Lincoln Street

Portland, OR 97201

Register today

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