C.E. Hutton A minority-focused business development and management firm, provides a variety of tools, including capital-raise support to cannabis entrepreneurs and companies.
The Cannabis Industry Needs to Advocate for Racial Justice - Here's How
Vermont Environmental Report 2020, Growing Food Sovereignty, Equity, and Social Capital https://vnrc.org/growing-food-sovereignty-equity-and-social-capital/
Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources - Educational tools especially relevant for white anti-racist allies
Marijuana and the Fight for Racial Justice4 - Op-Ed from Marijuana Moment detailing the deeply racist history of marijuana in the US
Black Lives Matter - What Matters Podcast
Equal Justice Initiative - Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Antiracist Research and Policy Center - A university-based research center bringing together scholars, policymakers, journalists, and advocates around a collection of broad and shifting issue areas like—education, economy, environment, health, politics, and justice reform—to research how best to dismantle racist structures, practices, and institutions that reproduce racial inequities.
Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation
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If you are not comfortable attending rallies during the pandemic, you can still support and defend Black Lives:
Roots Mutual Aid and Support Network - one of the only mutual aid networks that have centered on the needs, resources, abilities, and work of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in Vermont.
Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) envisions a future in which the residents East of the Anacostia River in DC experience vital, thriving communities characterized by social, cultural, economic and racial equity.
National Bailout - National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.
Cannabis industry assets for minority business opportunities, social equity (courtesy of MJ Biz Daily):
Justice for All Our mission is dismantle systemic racism, eliminate poverty and ensure racial equity through advocacy, education, and relationship-building.
Last Prisoner Project Core social justice focus is to release incarcerated cannabis prisoners.
Marijuana Policy Project The MPP lobbies for cannabis legislative reform across the U.S. The organization’s website includes information and resources related to race, justice and cannabis.
Minorities for Medical Marijuana M4MM is “focused on providing advocacy, outreach, research, and training as it relates to the business, social reform, public policy, and health/wellness in the cannabis industry.” Programs include cannabis industry apprenticeships and expungement of possession charges.
Minority Cannabis Business Association The MCBA’s mission is “to create equal access for cannabis businesses and promote economic empowerment for communities of color by creating policy considerations, social programming, and outreach initiatives to achieve equity for the communities most affected by the war on drugs.” MCBA has teamed with Merida Capital Partners to fund11minority-owned cannabis businesses and institutions.
National Diversity and Inclusion Cannabis Alliance The NDICA was founded “to create social equity, social justice and diversity for those affected by the war on drugs.” The organization offers events and programs and is a qualified vendor for Los Angeles’ Social Equity Business Development Program. The L.A. program assists entrepreneurs and companies with business licensing applications and more.
NuLeaf Project The NuLeaf Project aims “to address the capital, education, and connection hurdles that people of color face when entering the cannabis industry.” The organization, according to its website, “invests cannabis tax and corporate revenue into Portland, Oregon-based businesses owned by people of color and Portland professionals of color.”
The Sentencing Project The Sentencing Project provides research and analysis meant to shape campaign priorities around criminal-justice reform, including disparities based on race.
SUPPORT BIPOC-owned businesses in Vermont
Cafe Mamajuana, Burlington, Vermont
Stafford Creamery, Stafford, Vermont
ZAFA Wines, Burlington, Vermont
Groundswell Change, Vermont
JAG Productions: African-American Theatre in Vermont, White River Junction, Vermont
Pizzeria Verità, Burlington, Vermont
Conscious Homestead, Winooksi, Vermont
South Mountain Catering, Waitsfield, Vermont
Kismayo Kitchen, Burlington, Vermont
Manchester Maintenance, Manchester, Vermont
SUPPORT & LEARN from NGO'sClemmons Family Farm