Cannabis, Equity, & Racial Justice:  Virtual Convenings

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Cannabis, Equity, & Racial Justice: Virtual Convenings

Cannabis, Equity, and Racial Justice Virtual Convenings

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All of the virtual convenings will be livestreamed on the ABMoC Youtube Channel which you can find here. If you want to receive updates, slides, and calendar invites, you will need to register on this page.

Join California organizers and advocates for 8 virtual convenings (60-90 min each) to learn about Prop. 64 implementation and build our movement to repair the harm caused by the War on Drugs by centering racial justice, equity, and healing.

** Please note that the sessions listed below are still under development and will likely have additional presenters

Session #1: Recording

  • Cannabis, Equity and Racial Justice: January 12th, 10:00 to 11:30 am - This session will provide participants with an overview of how cannabis legalization intersects with various aspects of equity and racial justice, including the impact of the War on Drugs on communities of color, economic equity, cannabis tax revenues and public health. Presenters: Marc Philpart, ABMoC, Dr. Flojaune Cofer, Public Health Advocates, Jeannette Zanipatin, Drug Policy Alliance, Susan Burton, A New Way of Life, Morning Star Gali, Restoring Justice for Indigenous Peoples, Dorsey Nunn, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Jim Keddy and Sarah-Michael Gaston, Youth Forward

Session #2: Live Stream Link Here

  • The Prop 64 Grant Programs: January 19th, 10:00 to 11:30 am - Drawing upon revenues from state cannabis taxes, state agencies are issuing grant funds to nonprofits, local health departments and tribal organizations across the state to support services to youth and families in communities most impacted by the War on Drugs. To date these agencies have issued about $60 million in grant funds, and are preparing to issue more than $80 million in the coming months. This session will give participants an overview of each of the grant programs. Welcome and Introductory Remarks: Governor Gavin Newsom. Presenters: Alejandro Raygoza GOBiz, Marlies Perez, DHCS, Jocelyn Peterson and Melissa Jones, CNRA, Helene Zentner, BSCC , Marc Philpart ABMoC, and Jim Keddy and Sarah-Michael Gaston, Youth Forward

Session #3: Live Stream Link Here

  • Youth Development in the Era of COVID-19: January 21st, 10:00 to 11 am - This session will explore how youth development organizations are developing new practices to reach and support youth during COVID-19. The session is targeted to youth-serving organizations that have received Prop 64 funds and to the larger youth development field. Presenters will share new research on how organizations are responding and innovating given social distancing and the additional stress and pressures on youth created by the pandemic. Presenters: Audrey Jordan , Marcus Strother, MENTOR California, Ashley Rojas, Fresno Barrios Unidos, Antonio Delfino, Cal Health Collaborative, George Galvis, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, and Jim Keddy and Sarah-Michael Gaston, Youth Forward

Session #4: Live Stream Link Here

  • The Status of EQUITY in California’s Marijuana Industry and Policies: January 26th, 10:00 to 11:30 am - This presentation will report on how Black and Brown cannabis entrepreneurs are struggling to access capital, adequate technical support and equitable regulations in order to enter and participate meaningfully in California’s marijuana industry. We will provide an overview of the state equity grants program and efforts in several parts of the state to increase equity in cannabis business development. Finally, we will look at practices, trends and policy ideas that are emerging to help close the racial wealth gaps caused by the criminalization of weed. Presenters: Malaki Seku Amen, California Urban Partnership and The Institute for MORE; Lanese Martin, The Hood Incubator; Kika Keith, Social Equity Owners and Workers Association; Robert Chlala, USC and UFCW; and Ingrid Archie, A New Way of Life.

Session #5: Live Stream Link Here

  • Local Cannabis Tax Revenues: Threat and Opportunity: January 28th, 10:00 to 11 am - Across the state, local governments are collecting local tax revenue and are using those funds to support general government and to expand law enforcement. Local groups organizing or preparing to organize to redirect local cannabis taxes away from law enforcement and toward community reinvestment will share their experiences. In addition, presenters will share new research on how numerous local governments are currently spending tax revenues. Presenters: Jim Freeman, Grassroots Action Support Team, Jim Keddy and Sarah-Michael Gaston, Youth Forward , Charles Reed, the Emerald New Deal, Cesar Casamayor, The People's Dispensary Fresno and Dulce Saavedra, Resilience OC.

Session #6: Live Stream Link Here

  • The Cannabis Industry, Equity and Public Health: February 2nd, 10:00 to 11 am - The cannabis industry is evolving in ways that are increasing health risks to youth. This session will explore the harmful impact of high potency THC products on youth mental health, cannabis industry marketing strategies, and the negative effects of use on pregnant women. Presenters will share recommendations on how local groups can spread awareness of these concerns and organize to regulate the local industry. Presenters: Dr Lynn Silver, Public Health Institute, Robin Christensen Sc.M., California Dept of Public Health, Jocelyn Ayala, Project AWARE, Sarah-Michael Gaston, Youth Forward.

Session #7: Live Stream Link Here

  • Building People Power and Coalitions to Advance Equity and Racial Justice: February 4th, 10:00 to 11:00 am - In this session, we will look at examples of organizing and coalition building on Prop 64 and on community reinvestment at the local and regional levels. We'll also discuss how we can come together and plan for future policy campaigns related to cannabis policy and community reinvestment. Presenters: Marc Philpart, ABMoC, Jim Keddy and Sarah-Michael Gaston, Youth Forward, Isaac Bryann, JusticeLA, Sammy Nunez, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, Malaki Seku Amen, California Urban Partnership.

Session #8: Live Stream Link Here

  • Advancing Healing-Centered and Trauma-informed Approaches: February 9th, 10:00 to 11:30 am - This session will explore a roadmap for how organizations can build a sustainable, culturally-responsive, racially just, healing-centered, trauma-informed approach to engaging and supporting youth. This session will also address how organizations can integrate the principles and recommendations from the roadmap and practices into their organizational culture and internal practices. Presenters: Kanwarpal Dhaliwal, RYSE, Dr. Christina Bethell, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative , Marc Philpart, ABMoC, Sarah-Michael Gaston and Jim Keddy, Youth Forward.

Co-sponsored by: The California Endowment, The California Community Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, and the California Department of Health Care Services