As a cannabis company, Revolution Global exists in an industry shaped by the War on Drugs, and by decades’ worth of policies unfairly targeting black and brown Americans. Today, Revolution is designating Juneteenth – a date commemorating the abolition of slavery and freedom for black Americans – a company holiday.
According to an April 2020 ACLU report, black people are arrested for cannabis crimes at 7.5 times the rate of white people in our home state of Illinois, more than double the national average. This terrible disparity – which has broken homes and derailed lives in Illinois and across our country – has existed for far too long and must be put to an end.
This Juneteenth, Revolution is making donations to organizations in the four states we operate in – Illinois, Maryland, Arkansas, and Florida – because of their dedication to reforming our criminal justice system for a fair society. We will also continue partnering with other local organizations that strive for equality and will help work toward ending systemic racism in our country. We all can do our part to right these wrongs.
Here are some resources on a few of the organizations doing excellent work in these areas, both nationally and in Revolution states:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR)
- The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR) is a non-profit organization providing technical assistance, consulting, research, and organizational development in the fields of juvenile and criminal justice, youth development, and violence prevention.
Vera Institute of Justice
- The Vera House works with others who share its vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day – from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement, to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence.
Equity and Transformation (EAT) Chicago
- Founded and established for and by post incarcerated and marginalized Black people in Chicago, Equity and Transformation strives to uplift the faces, voices, and power of the vast disenfranchised and excluded Black workforce in Chicago.
Metropolitan Family Services
- Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities.
The West Side Justice Center (WJC)
- Founded in 2015 by a group of attorneys, community leaders and legal advocates, The Westside Justice Center (WJC) seeks to empower and re-power individuals and communities to demand and attain accountability and greater access to systems of justice.
F.A.C.E. (Freedom Advocates Celebrating Ex-Offenders)
- F.A.C.E.’s mission is to provide supportive service programs to recently released incarcerated adults, to significantly help to alter their life course by helping to reduce relapse and recidivism vulnerability and remove treatment barriers for individuals actively seeking recovery from substance use and mental health disorders through the provision of safe, supervised housing and related supported services.
- Gatekeepers is an organization that focuses on re-entry. Gatekeepers’ mission is to motivate, empower, and encourage both current and ex-offenders through mentoring services by challenging them to make positive decisions and ultimately help facilitate the process of a successful transition back to their communities.
Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform
- Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR) is a bi-partisan, statewide alliance seeking legislative changes indispensable to bring Maryland into the 21st century with corrections policies that are evidence-based, humane and effective.
Arkansas Citizens First Congress
- The Arkansas Citizens First Congress is a coalition of grassroots communities and allies working together to establish a strong public voice to influence political and policy decisions and ensure accountability.
- DecARcerate works to end mass incarceration in Arkansas through community education, smart legislation, advocacy, and empowering the leadership of individuals personally affected by the criminal punishment system.
Seeds of Liberation (Seeds)
- Seeds of Liberation (Seeds) is a non-profit organization that works alongside Arkansas’s marginalized communities to create a just, equitable and empowering criminal justice system.
Urban League of Arkansas
- The Urban League has a rich history of serving communities nationwide. In Arkansas, this tradition carries forward through our efforts to improve the health, education, wealth and housing of our citizens. With a commitment to equity, inclusion and justice, the ULSA develops and engages strategies that generate opportunities for Arkansans to thrive.
Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform
- The Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform is a diverse, non-partisan coalition dedicated to ending over-incarceration and racial disparities in Florida’s criminal justice system through data-driven, proven approaches that will save taxpayer money, keep our families intact, and make our communities safer by maintaining human dignity, and prioritizing rehabilitation, treatment, and alternatives to incarceration.
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC)
- FRRC is a grassroots, membership organization run by Returning Citizens (Formerly Convicted Persons) who are dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions, and creating a more comprehensive and humane reentry system that will enhance successful reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety.
Operation New Hope
- Operation New Hope provides support, life and job skills training for people with a history of involvement with the criminal justice system, and places them in employment that offers a sustainable quality of life.
- Project 180 seeks to reintegrate formerly incarcerated formerly incarcerated citizens into community life. Project 180’s vision is to reduce poverty, homelessness, unemployment and criminal behavior among formerly incarcerated citizens.