The SAFER Campuses Initiative is off to an early start for Spring 2011, and we want to help you get a campaign going on your campus.
We're already helping several campuses get their efforts off the ground, and we'll continue to help them and others work to change campus policies and spark public debate about the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol.
The goal of the SAFER Campuses Initiative is to work with students at as many schools as possible, so please contact us today to let us know if you are interested in working with us on your campus or at one near you.
Whether you're interested in running a full-blown SAFER campaign, or simply taking action when opportunities present themselves, we want to hear from you! We will be able to provide you with a great deal of support, including instructions, materials, and direct assistance.
The SAFER movement began just five years ago on two college campuses in Colorado, and since then it has spread across the nation. Now, students at more than a dozen schools, including five of the 15 largest in the nation, have adopted SAFER referendums, calling for reductions in campus penalties for marijuana use so they're no greater than those for alcohol use. At a few of those schools, SAFER campus leaders are now working with administrators to develop and implement policy changes that reflect the student votes. Perhaps most importantly, these efforts have generated significant news coverage and discussion at the campus, local, and even national level.
If you're interested in working with SAFER on your campus or on one that's nearby, please take a minute to check out the SAFER Campuses Initiative website, then send us an e-mail and answer the following questions about yourself and your school so we can get things rolling.
1. What school are you currently attending or interested in working at?
2. Are you a member of a student organization working on marijuana policy reform? If so, which one? If not, are you interested in potentially starting one? (NOTE: being part of or starting a student organization is not required, but can be very helpful.)
3. Anything else that might be of note? A personal story? A particular skill or work/volunteer experience?
I just heard that young voter turnout from the universities in San Diego has been so huge that they ran out of ballots. If so, that would definitely be helpful for Prop 19. It could also encourage Democrats to consider supporting marijuana legalization initiatives as a future get out the vote strategy, discussions we've heard rumor of -- what a game-changer that would be. This could make a difference in the crucial CA Attorney General race as well.
On the other hand, if we lose this because they didn't print enough ballots, I'll be pretty mad.
It's coming down to the wire in California!
Californians are casting their votes on Proposition 19, the initiative to make marijuana legal and regulate it similarly to alcohol, and the latest polls show it is neck and neck heading down the stretch. Voter turnout could very well be the deciding factorin this close race, so it's time to crank up the effort to get out the vote.
There are just about 8 days left before Election Day, and regardless of whether you live in California YOU CAN HELP!
SAFER and its project, the Women's Marijuana Movement, have teamed up with Just Say Nowto create an on-line phone banking tool that allows female marijuana activists across the country to place phone calls to women voters in California.
Call Young Voters
SAFER allies Just Say Now and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)have set up a system that allows people in any state to contact young voters in California and urge them to get out to vote for Prop. 19.