Call for Papers/Presentations: Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK annual conference 2012
“Building Leadership in the Drug Policy Reform Movement”
School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
20-22nd April 2012
frequently justify the millions of pounds spent on fueling The War on Drugs as a means of protecting our youth from drug harms. For many young people, especially those from ethnic minority backgrounds, the reality of punitive drug policies mean increasing amounts of police harassment, surveillance and unnecessary criminalisation.
How does drug prohibition impact on young people today?
What role do young people have to play in fighting against drug prohibition?
How can we empower young people to become leaders of our movement?
Every year SSDP UK hold a conference to bring together activists, academics and young people from across the UK and Europe to mobilise against the drug prohibition. This year our conference will focus on practical ways to empower young people in our movement.
A non-exhaustive list of issues we are interested in:
- The impact of punitive drug laws on young people, particularly those from ethnic minorities
- The impact of discriminatory policing practices, particularly in a post-riot social landscape
- Practical and innovative ways to create a space for young people to be empowered
- How should the drug law reform movement organise?
- The role of Cannabis Social Clubs, Drug Users Unions, Students societies and community groups in mobilising against drug prohibition
We welcome proposals for papers, presentations, videos, workshops, art pieces, on a variety of subjects (be creative!). Due this year’s conference location in London, we are especially interested in hearing from London based activists, artists, academics, young people, and youth workers who can give the local angle, but don't let that put you off getting in touch if you are from elsewhere :)