Cannabis equity advocates and criminal justice reform organizations join forces to demand adjustments in policy & business practices
Banners raised more than I-35 freeway in response to SXSW keynote speeches by John Boehner and other individuals
AUSTIN, Texas – March 15, 2019 /Canna Newswire/ – Much less than a mile from Travis County Jail, exactly where men and women of colour are nevertheless disproportionately incarcerated for cannabis possession, multibillion dollar conglomerates that are disproportionately controlled by white males will speak at SXSW about dominating the cannabis marketplace.
Former Speaker of the Property John Boehner, a documented prohibitionist though in workplace, offers a SXSW keynote speech on Friday, March 15th. His voting record in Congress (1991-2015) shows that he regularly opposed criminal justice reform, civil rights, LGBTQIA+ protections, environmental protections, and public education. Following 24 years of devastating communities with his policies, John Boehner desires to profit off of cannabis in the wake of the War On Drugs.
MedMen CEO Adam Bierman will also provide a keynote, entitled “The New Standard.” MedMen faces allegations of wage theft, racism, and homophobia in the workplace, as nicely as economic improprieties in their pursuit of profit. In spite of getting valued at $1.six BILLION, MedMen has not produced any substantial commitment to funding equity, justice, or repair in the cannabis business. This can’t and need to not be “The New Standard.”
These two males are not alone. They are merely representative of a bigger trend towards racial inequity in the cannabis business. When understood in the context of a War on Drugs that has disproportionately harmed low-revenue communities of colour for decades, this state of affairs calls for neighborhood intervention.
In protest of:
- These profiting off of cannabis devoid of an intentional program to repair and make complete people, households, and communities that have been devastated by the War on Drugs
- These profiting off of cannabis who after participated in prohibition
- And these who would profit ahead of freeing all cannabis prisoners and vacating all cannabis convictions
And calling for:
- 10 % of companies’ annual income to be reinvested in communities disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs
- A new paradigm of social duty in the cannabis business
- And public policies that generate an equitable, just, and reparative business.
“It’s hypocritical for an Austin primarily based firm like SXSW, a firm imbedded in a city that preaches diversity and inclusion, to neglect the perform of committing to generate an inclusive space, and alternatively give a keynote platform to John Boehner. This is disgusting,” says Chas Moore, Executive Director of the Austin Justice Coalition.
“Our protest at SXSW sends a bold message in help of cannabis equity, justice, and repair. We stand with each other, recognizing that by defending the most marginalized amongst us, we defend all of us. We help the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our various and intersecting identities, and we contact on all defenders of human rights to join us,” says Felicia Carbajal of the Equity Initially Alliance and the Los Angeles-primarily based non-profit The Social Effect Center.
“This protest is the initial step towards unifying our communities to generate transform from the grassroots level up. We will not rest till we see equity in cannabis and in all levels of leadership in society. We perform peacefully, though recognizing there is no accurate peace devoid of justice and equity for all,” says LaTorie Wallace of the Equity Initially Alliance and Washington, DC-primarily based We BAKED.
About the Equity Initially Alliance
The mission of the Equity Initially Alliance (EFA) is to harness the political energy of organizers operating at the intersection of the cannabis business, racial equity, and reparative justice. Via education, mobilization, dialogue, engagement, and collective action, we perform to advance equity in the cannabis business, to repair harms of the War on Drugs, and to seek justice for these who have been most harmed by it. For far more details about EFA, please stop by www.equityfirstalliance.org.
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