NDICA Newsletter February 2023
Happy Black History Month from NDICA!
As we celebrate the rich cultural heritage and contributions of African Americans throughout our nation’s history, it is important to reflect on how our work intersects with the ongoing struggle for social justice. At NDICA, we are proud to be a leading voice in the fight for a more diverse and inclusive cannabis industry that uplifts communities of color and advances social equity.
This Black History Month, we want to take a moment to highlight some of the significant historical moments and important black figures that have shaped our world and inspired our work.
One of the most impactful moments in black history was the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, led by the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Through nonviolent resistance and mass mobilization, African Americans challenged systemic racism and discrimination, paving the way for greater equality and opportunities in all aspects of society.
Another important figure in black history is Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist and humanitarian who escaped slavery and helped others escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Her bravery, determination, and compassion continue to inspire generations and serve as a reminder of the power of collective action to effect change.
In recent years, black activists have continued to lead the fight for social justice, from the Black Lives Matter movement to the push for criminal justice reform. Through their tireless efforts, they are shining a light on the injustices faced by communities of color and demanding that our systems and institutions be held accountable.
At NDICA, we are honored to be a part of this legacy of activism and advocacy, working to ensure that the cannabis industry is inclusive, equitable, and representative of the communities it serves.
One of the key ways we do this is through our expungement events, which provide legal support and resources to individuals who the criminalization of cannabis has negatively impacted.
In Chicago, our recent event at Shine Bright Community – Discover was a resounding success, with 380 people being serviced and on their way to having their criminal records cleared.
This is a critical step in addressing the disproportionate harm inflicted on communities of color by the war on drugs and creating a more just and equitable society.
As we move forward, NDICA remains committed to our mission of promoting diversity and inclusion in the cannabis industry and beyond.
We will continue to advocate for policies and practices that uplift communities of color, and we will continue to honor the legacy of black history by working to create a brighter, more equitable future for all.
Thank you for your continued support of NDICA and our mission. Together, we can create a more diverse and inclusive cannabis industry that reflects the vibrant diversity of our communities.
The NDICA Team