OUR WORK HAS JUST BEGUN
It should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that Thom and I stand in solidarity with the Black community and are committed to doing everything we can to help dismantle the systems that oppress Black people in this country.
The past two weeks have involved a lot of listening. And learning. And reflecting. And donating. And protesting. And we don't plan on stopping any of that any time soon. But we know that we have so much more work to do; we know that we have to do better.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO DOING BETTER BY
Donating our time. Both to local, non-profit organizations that uplift and provide support to BIPOC communities in Denver and also to any BIPOC looking to get involved in the cannabis industry. We do not claim to be experts when it comes to the industry but - having launched companies on both sides of the cannabis space - we are fairly well-versed in the areas of manufacturing, licensing, compliance, regulation, product development, etc. Please reach out to us via our contact form if you'd like to chat.
Donating our revenue. We're still figuring out what a recurring donation schedule will look like (and where our money will go) - but know that it is a top priority to donate a portion of our revenue to organizations that will give back to the very communities that have been adversely impacted by the war on drugs.
Supporting policy reform. We are deeply committed to advocating for marijuana expungement and social equity programs within the state of Colorado. We will do this two ways: 1) By regularly calling, emailing, and/or meeting with our elected (and appointed) (looking at you, Attorney General Phil Weiser) officials and 2) providing financial support to organizations that will drive the development of substantive and impactful legislation.
Raising awareness. Specifically to issues related to systemic racism: police brutality, housing discrimination, voter suppression, etc. These efforts will continue to be carried out through social media, mainly via @ohladycakes because larger audience + link option = greater reach and more opportunity to influence.
Increasing representation. We are still only a husband and wife team. But when we expand and are able to hire staff, we will ensure that our hiring practices are inclusive and that our team is as diverse as the world around us.
We will never stop looking for ways to improve or be more effective allies to the Black community. This is a promise. Black lives matter.
Below you'll find a collection of funds, resources, voices, and other things that I've found useful during what feels like a seriously revolutionary moment in our nation's history.
National resources list (legal services, bail funds, petitions, etc.).
Send some social justice emails (personalize them, if you have the time).
Here is a thorough (though not exhaustive) list of media you should consider consuming right now.
How to virtually protest.
Peggy McIntosh's Daily Effects of White Privilege.
How to talk to your family about racism (a guide for white people).
FOR FOLKS IN COLORADO
SB20-217 has passed its third and final reading in the State Senate, and it will now go on to the House. Find your representative and APPLY THE PRESSURE. The legislation (which seeks to "enhance law enforcement integrity") is not perfect but there is no denying that it's a step in the right direction. You may find this toolkit useful, too.
Keep up to date with rallies, demonstrations, etc. in Denver.