Tauheedah Shakur - College student, an organizer with the Youth Justice Coalition, and a writer whose work has been featured in Glamour and Teen Vogue.
Diana Zuñiga - Consultant, community organizer, and policy advocate with over 9 years of professional work experience in group facilitation, coalition building, campaign management, leadership development, and political strategy. Diana has worked with organizations like Californians United for a Responsible Budget, The Women's Foundation of California, Drug Policy Alliance and others.
Sonia Erika - Co-founder of several cannabis-related organizations, including the Cannabis Cultural Association, Massachusetts Recreational Cannabis Council, and EatMe.Land. Sonia graduated with the Harvard class of 2016, her academic work explored the relationship between the nation's “booming cannabis industry" and access through race, class, and citizenship. Her work has been featured in Remezcla and HuffPost, among other places.
dream hampton - filmmaker, writer, organizer from Detroit.
Ebele Ifedigbo - Co-Founder and Economic Director of The Hood Incubator. Ebele leads the organization’s business development and fundraising efforts. Ebele is a Yale M.B.A. graduate committed to using business to foster innovation and racial equity in cannabis. Ebele has served as an NAACP Economics Fellow, working to develop federal and state policies and programs aimed at closing the national Racial Wealth Divide. Ebele’s other professional experiences include working as a Finance Analyst at Ameriprise Financial, a Legal & Compliance summer analyst at Goldman Sachs, and an M.B.A. summer intern for worker cooperative development organization Project Equity. Ebele received a joint B.A. in Economics and Philosophy, with a minor in African Studies from Columbia University in New York City. Ebele grew up in Buffalo, NY, and is a proud graduate of Buffalo’s City Honors School.
Lanese Martin - Co-Founder and Political Director of The Hood Incubator. Lanese guides the organization's political strategy, including base-building, community organizing, and policy advocacy work. Lanese began her professional career consulting small family businesses by systemizing their operations and developing growth strategies for them. While studying for an M.B.A. in Sustainable Enterprise she began to shift her professional focus from consulting to political organizing, focusing on progressive campaigns. Her work as the Field Director for an Oakland based nonprofit led to deep relationships with non-profits & Black & Brown communities not only in Oakland but across California. Alternatively, her work as the Field Director for Nancy Skinner’s successful 2016 CA State Senate race led to strong relationships with elected leaders as well as their staff across the Bay Area. Lanese attained a B.A. in Political Science & Minor in Business from Dominican University of California and later returned for a M.B.A.
LaTorie "Torie" Marshall - Mom, educator, chef, holistic nutritionist, cultivator, and cannabis advocate for the socially and economically disadvantaged. Born in Washington D.C., Torie is a 2nd generation cannabis industry participant whose personal goals are to help anyone that has been mentally, socially or economically affected by the War on Drugs and to reverse the negative stigma of the cannabis plant.
Jose Gallegos - Currently incarcerated, but that does not define Jose. He is a talented, LA-based organizer, writer, artist, and advocate for the rights of system-impacted people, young people, and low-income communities of color.
David Singer-Vine - ASCAP-award winning record producer/writer for Terror Jr, The Cataracs, Kiiara, Snoop Dogg, and others.
Felicia Carbajal - Felicia is a native Californian, Latinx values-based community organizer, social entrepreneur and cannabis patient who’s been affected by the justice system. They have over two decades of experience in California’s cannabis market, getting their start in both the LGBTQ liberation and the medical cannabis movement in the mid 90’s. They are the only member of the cannabis community to have been honored by The Advocate Magazine’s 40 under 40 LGBT leaders for their work in cannabis. Felicia has consulted on numerous cannabis brands and is a trusted resource for the Autism, LGBTQ, Latino and disabilities community when it comes to the potential of cannabinoid therapies. They are currently the Community Engagement Director at Smart Pharm Research Group.
Adam runs the day to day operations of Cage-Free Cannabis. He works in the overlapping worlds of advocacy, media, and politics. Criminal justice reform and drug policy reform have been his core areas of focus since 2012. He has produced media and participatory direct actions in support of voting rights, sentencing reform, juvenile justice, immigration reform, and Propositions 19, 47, 57, and 64 in California. He has also coordinated youth-led protests in Los Angeles, mentored high school students in Washington, DC, and produced campaign ads for non-profits and progressive candidates alike. He's been a cannabis consumer and patient for more than 18 years.
Andrew Epstein has been an activist and artist for drug reform since serving on the board of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy while attending Amherst College. He has worked at needle exchange centers in New England and spent time in Colombia reporting on the effects of the War on Drugs. While attending Amherst, Andrew conceived of "The Day of No Joe" as a final project for his art class on social sculpture, to draw attention to the hypocrisy of drug laws. For the last decade, Andrew has run his own company producing marketing content for TV & Film in Los Angeles and he has produced media in support of marijuana legalization, voting rights, gun violence prevention, and other progressive causes.
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NOTE: Our founders ascribe to the values expressed by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and we continually strive to hold ourselves accountable to communities of color and other grassroots organizations grounded in those communities.
For more information about SURJ:
”SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.”
”SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially just society.”
”That work cannot be done in isolation from or disconnected from the powerful leadership of communities of color. It is one part of a multi-racial, cross-class movement centering people of color leadership.
Therefore, SURJ believes in resourcing organizing led by people of color, and maintaining strong accountability relationships with organizers and communities of color as central part of our theory of change.”