Why Biden’s pardon of marijuana possession charges is good for business

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Happy Friday.

It’s been a big news week for Race Ahead readers, with a mix of good news and hard news.

Let’s start with the very, very, very good.

President Biden pardoned all previous federal crimes Banned simple possession of marijuana and urged governors to follow his lead on state-related charges. This is a step towards the decriminalization of marijuana and a campaign promise fulfilled.

“Sending people to prison for marijuana possession has claimed too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit. That was before we tackled species inequality,” he said. posted in a twitter thread“Today we begin to right these wrongs.”

The move received near-universal praise and much praise weed jokes.

Laughter aside, the potential for justice is immense.The United States averages about 600,000 marijuana arrests Every year for the last 20 years.Despite similar marijuana use, blacks 4x more likely Get arrested more than whites.

this overhaulwhich he first announced in February 2021, will restore access to jobs, education, housing and credit markets for thousands of people, Investing in broader social equity(Also expect a strong discussion of the ‘business case’ for cannabis in a struggling economy and how to ensure fairness.) ex-arrested Get me a piece of that pie. )

The news was far less welcomed by the nearly 600,000 immigrants under the protection of the Immigration Service. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, or DACA program.

This week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said: control The program in its current form is illegal and upholds the lower court’s ruling. However, while it will allow current registrants to renew their status, their future and the future of the program remain unknown.

The reaction was quick. Communications Director Erica Andiola Young Center for the Rights of Immigrant Children Summarized on Twitter“How are you feeling today with this Fifth Circuit ruling against DACA?” she began. “1. As an advocate, I am tired and a little numb. 2. As a DACA recipient, I am very upset knowing how much these politicians and judges hate us. 3. As the sister of a young DACA recipient, I am worried about his future.

Created in 2012 by the Obama administration, the program, while otherwise promising, helps protect undocumented or undocumented individuals from deportation. Ending the program has become a priority for the Trump administration.

As the debate about DACA continues, it’s worth understanding who the recipients are. For one thing, they’ve been here for a while—eligibility requirements This includes being under the age of 16 and arriving before June 15, 2007. maintain eligibilityAnd because they actually live here and receive the support they need, DACA recipients as a whole are better able to stabilize their lives, get an education, find a job, buy a home, and raise children. is ready. $94 billion in taxes each year.

In my view, both decriminalization and DACA offer separate but related arguments for justice through full economic inclusion.

What do you think? If these two news items didn’t affect you as an individual, you probably know, live close to, or work with someone who might be affected.

So let’s talk.

Is your employer advocating for marijuana decriminalization and DACA reform? do you want them?More importantly, how you Do you want company leaders to think more broadly about talent pipeline issues?

Tell me, Subject: Talent Pipeline

I wish you a crime-free weekend.

Ellen Maggart
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This edition of raceAhead was edited by Ashley Sylla.

on point

5 years since #MeToo. Colleagues Maria Aspan, Erica Frye, Emma Hincliffe and Beth Kowitt handed the mic to Tarana Burke, Ellen Pao, Gretchen Carlson, Dream Hampton and many others to understand and understand the impact of the movement. Framed the present moment. The result is a poignant assessment of power, sacrifice, and the work yet to be done.

  • “It’s more about what #MeToo has made possible than what’s been done. Because we actually live in different worlds. How many people’s lives have been changed, what hasn’t been done?” conversations, cultural changes, etc.,” says Tarana Burke.
  • “I have a lot of contradictions about the long-term reaction to #MeToo. Accountability has not yet been met. All those people are back in the tech industry. It’s embarrassing,” Ellen said. Pao says
  • “What we saw around the world was that the campaign really went open source. It wasn’t this command and control model. It was made up,” says Meighan Stone, former president of the Malala Foundation.
  • Dream Hampton said, “We’re certainly in a backlash phase,” referring to Amber Heard’s “public flogging” during her trial with Johnny Depp. I never thought I would live in a world like that.”


Kanye, ignore part 257. Kanye West is a complicated figure in the world of pop culture. He’s an iconic talent whose personal actions and forays into social and political commentary have long tested his most ardent fans. The latest example is the “White Lives Matter” long-sleeved T-shirt that debuted as part of his new Yeezy line at the YZY SZN 9 presentation in Paris. His fellow mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs says enough is enough. “I will always be there and always support my brother Kanye as a free thinker. But ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt, I don’t rock with it, you know what I’m saying.” I disagree with that,” said Didi. said on Instagram“Right now, all America has planned for us is poverty, imprisonment, and death,” he continued. “So before I get to the issue of other lives, all lives matter, but don’t play with Black Lives Matter. Don’t wear shirts. Don’t buy shirts. Shirts.” Don’t play with it. It’s no joke.”
rolling stone

Lawsuit alleges cancellation of school loan debt violates federal law By intentionally helping black borrowers. Yep, this is an obvious case of saying the quiet part aloud. The lawsuit was brought by the Wisconsin Law and Freedom Society on behalf of the Brown County Taxpayers Association. Some of the provisions are familiar, but new is the central claim that the Biden administration pointed to the collateral benefit of debt relief narrowing the wealth gap for blacks. “The White House indicates that it believes one of the reasons it does this is that it unfairly benefits certain racial groups,” the Institute’s director said, adding that this was “inappropriate.” “Racially motivated” and violated the constitutional guarantee of equal protection.
washington post

Women are rapidly joining white supremacist groups. Writer Kate Story begins her investigation with the story of Shannon Martinez. Shannon Martinez spent her teenage years heavily involved in the white supremacist “skin chick” movement. She was violent, angry, and encouraged by her companions who felt empowered in numbers. Recruiting women is becoming a tactic of hate groups, with membership increasing by 48% over the past 15 years. Because I think it’s less likely and less likely to be a police informant.Some leaders tell me that if you hire a woman, you’ll get a child and a husband,” Cass said. Leanne Bully says. , Professor of Sociology and Author, University of Pittsburgh Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement.
Marie Claire

parting words

“I understand what the drafters and founders of the constitution were thinking, looking into the history and tradition of the constitution. It became clear that they adopted the Equal Protection Clause, the 14th Amendment, the 15th Amendment in a conscious way. [Black] Freedmen during Reconstruction were actually made equal to everyone else in society. I saw the report submitted by the Joint Reconstruction Commission that drafted the 14th Amendment. “

— Judge Ketanji Brown Jacksonexplaining the folly of Alabama’s re-election district’s “race-neutral” defense, making her first appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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