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UPDATE: SAC Kids First quest for 50,000 signatures
SACRAMENTO, (CA) - Keep up with the current progress of reaching 50,000 signatures.
THE SACRAMENTO BEE: Want equity, Sacramento? Invest your cannabis taxes in Stephon Clark’s neighborhood
RANDY PENCH RPENCH@SACBEE.COM
SACRAMENTO, (CA) - (An op-ed by Malaki Amen, CEO, California Urban Partnership) - Senseless tragedy has a way of shining a light on what needs to change, whether that was the murder of Emmett Till, the Parkland massacre or the unwarranted death of Stephon Clark. What needs to change in Sacramento is disinvestment in black and brown communities. Over the last several years, we’ve witnessed a massive effort to create amenities for the wealthy, including millions of public dollars invested in a basketball arena and the building of upscale housing in downtown and midtown.
FRESNO BEE: As Fresno’s cannabis industry evolves, will people of color be locked out?
FRESNO (CA) - Fresno has not seen the last of the cannabis debates – and whether the city’s nascent pot industry will be inclusive of people of color remains a top unresolved issue. Voters overwhelmingly approved a business license tax in November, and the Fresno City Council in December passed regulations for businesses. But another issue still isn’t settled: social equity in cannabis.
MAKING OUR CHILDREN A HIGHER PRIORITY: California Urban Partnership Joins Effort To Gather Signatures With The Sacramento Kids First Coalition
Community members gather to get ready to have petitions signed, as they try and reach 50,000 signatures.
SACRAMENTO, (CA) - As a part of its work to achieve racial and health equity in marijuana policy, the California Urban Partnership has joined the Sac Kids First Coalition. The Coalition is collecting signatures to place a measure on the March 2020 ballot which would require the City of Sacramento to designate 2.5% of its unrestricted revenue, which includes marijuana taxes, to raise about $12 million annually to fund children and youth services. This Children’s Fund would be an early investment of resources for all children but most importantly for the children of traumatized and underserved communities.
GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN APPROVES CALIFORNIA URBAN PARTNERSHIP SUPPORTED BILL FOR EQUITY IN THE STATE’S MARIJUANA INDUSTRY:
Senator Steve Bradford’s Leadership Is Praised
SACRAMENTO (September 28, 2018) - This week Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1294, the California Cannabis Equity Act, into law.Authored by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), SB 1294 incorporates many of the recommendations of the California Urban Partnership.It is also a major starting point in California’s recognition of the damaging impacts of decades of racialized marijuana law enforcement on communities of color, and African Americans in particular.
GOVERNOR BROWN APPROVES CALIFORNIA URBAN PARTNERSHIP SUPPORTED BILL REGARDING MARIJUANA CRIMINAL RECORDS:
Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s Leadership Is Praised
SACRAMENTO (October 1, 2018) – Assembly Bill 1793, a marijuana convictions measure strongly championed by the California Urban Partnership and Youth Forward team, was signed into law last week by Governor Jerry Brown. Authored by Assembly Member Rob Bonta, AB 1793 will lead to the automatic resentencing or expungement of past marijuana convictions.
PICTURED HERE - left to right - ::::: Jim Keddy of Youth Forward, Dr. Flo Cofer of Public Health Advocates and Malaki Seku Amen of the California Urban Partnership
SACRAMENTO, CA - Here’s a MAJOR VICTORY alert! Last night (August 9, 2018) the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved the implementation plan for the Cannabis Opportunity, Reinvestment and Equity Program (CORE). The approved CORE proposal is the result of an initiative led by the California Urban Partnership (in collaboration with Youth Forward and Public Health Advocates), informed and supported by over 20 local grassroots CBO’s, and backed by hundreds of Sacramento activists and residents over a 1.5 year period of policy research, legal analysis, public education, fundraising, community organizing, advocacy and extensive policy negotiations.
For over a year, the city has worked with community advocacy groups to develop a program to provide opportunities for people affected by aggressive policing of marijuana laws to start businesses in the newly legal cannabis industry.
MARIJUANA TAX MONEY: State’s Business and Economic Development Agency Will Gather Advice From Communities Of Color On How To Spend Up To $50M Every Year
SACRAMENTO, CA (October 2018) - In a strong partnership with Youth Forward, the California Urban Partnership held a series of meetings and stakeholder calls this year with the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz).The goal was to ensure that communities of color across the state will be able to provide input on the state’s new Community Reinvestment Grants program, which will be funded by state marijuana tax revenues.
Stakeholders Gather in Oakland to Gain Understanding of How to Achieve Social Equity in California’s Marijuana Industry
The Marijuana Equity Summit brought together a diverse group of advocates, organizers, and industry stakeholders to better understand how to participate and achieve equity in California’s legal marijuana trade. The event, held in Oakland, CA at The California Endowment, was co-hosted by The Hood Incubator, California Urban Partnership, Youth Forward, and Public Health Advocates. Pictured here (left to right) are Youth Forward’s, Nia MooreWeathers; Drug Policy Alliance’s, Rodney Holcombe; Office of Assembly Member Rob Bonta’s, Viviana Becerra, and Code for America’s Evonne Silva.
Oakland, CA – The Marijuana and Equity Summit was an overwhelming success!
On October 1, the California Urban Partnership, along with co-sponsors, Youth Forward, The Hood Incubator, and Public Health Advocates brought together over 150 organizers, advocates, business owners, and government officials to take a hard look at Marijuana Equity in California.
Leaders Take Action on Economic Development Projects and Social Justice Issues at CUP Community Investment Summit in Capitol Region
The Community Investment Summit brought stakeholders into workgroups focused on building collaboration to strengthen programs, businesses and public policies. Pictured here (left to right) is California Urban Partnership CEO, Malaki Seku Amen, Fortune School CEO, Margaret Fortune, Greater Sacramento Urban League CEO, Cassandra Jennings, and NAACP Sacramento Branch President, Betty Williams.
SACRAMENTO, CA - A solution oriented effort to create jobs and wealth in the Sacramento region’s African American community is moving forward.
On March 24, the Urban Partnership convened over 90 grassroots, business, education, government and elected leaders at its Community Investment Summit. The event advances progress already made to build collaboration, and form a powerful community-driven response to economic inequality and injustice.
Summit Action Teams began a journey focused on completing Action Plans for the following three joint venture project concepts, which are called #EatBuildInnovate :
1. Healthy Food Businesses and Community Arts, Culture and Entertainment (EAT)
2. Construction Business Clusters and Neighborhood Revitalization (BUILD)
3. The STEM Workforce Diversity Pipeline (INNOVATE)
Informed by research and community input, #EatBuildInnovate projects were designed to use economic approaches to solve difficult social problems.
Over the next 6-8 months, the Action Teams will work to move the #EatBuildInnovate Action Plans towards community driven investment and implementation. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
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NEXT STEPS FOR COLLABORATION 101 AND THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT INITIATIVE
Vice President of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Kevin Blackburn, (standing) was a workgroup facilitator at Collaboration 101. His workgroup focused on actions and opportunities to grow businesses and create wealth in Sacramento’s African American community.
COLLABORATION 101 - the Urban Partnership’s 2016 forum (for African Americans in the Sacramento Region) to support long term community program, business and policy SOLUTIONS - was an amazing success.
On April 22, dynamic workgroups of almost 100 local business, community, academic, youth, religious, philanthropic, law enforcement and government leaders focused on economic development, education, health and community organizing strategies.
COLLABORATION 101 - part of the Urban Partnership's Community Investment Initiative process - helps groups of nonprofits to partner on project opportunities and take data-driven ACTION with a shared agenda and measurement systems, connected activities, ongoing communication and support for coordinating their collaborative work (i.e., Collective Impact).
Here are the next steps:
Action Teams ( for all ::::: Focus Areas ) will be formed to work on Action Plans for community program, business and policy priorities in 2016. The priorities will emphasize proactive, innovative and sustainable approaches to solving problems.
Follow up meetings/forums to present and mold consensus on specific local project opportunities and/or policy issues, will be scheduled. A separate meeting/forum will be held for each Focus Area between July through October, 2016.
THREE: Action Plans will be completed and compiled in a Playbook. At the March 24, 2017 Community Investment Summit, active partners from all sectors will refine the Playbook and advance the implementation of 2017 program, business and policy initiatives. Priorities for 2018 will also be considered.
COLLABORATION 101 is part of a long term initiative that will increasingly expand the participation of diverse ethnic groups and sectors, as well as strategically align the priorities of all active stakeholders. A focus group approach provides a culturally appropriate and safe environment for communities of interest and trusted allies to freely discuss sensitive issues. It’s also an opportunity for communities of color to practice self-determination – in solving difficult generational poverty problems - without asking for permission or apologizing.
PARTNERSHIP CREATES ARiZE.org TO FOSTER DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY WELL-BEING
The California Urban Partnership is excited to launch ARiZE.org – an online community resource, engagement tool and digital magazine. ARiZE.org will promote shared economic prosperity, and empower people who need support in all areas of their lives. It's all about bringing local people together for the good of BUSINESS, CULTURE and COMMUNITY. Now more than ever before, it's important to recognize cultural and ethnic diversity as something that makes America strong. Promoting respect and appreciation for that strength among our citizens advances America’s innovation, global leadership, economic prosperity and future. ENTER THE SITE NOW! CLICK THE ARiZE LOGO BELOW.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE URBAN PARTNERSHIP'S 2015 POLICY FORUM BREAKFAST SERIES
URBAN PARTNERSHIP FORUM FOCUSES ON EMPOWERING LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES, BUILDING WEALTH AND FIGHTING POVERTY
Chief executives of community development corporations talked about accomplishments, resources and challenges linked to growing businesses and creating affordable housing in low to moderate income communities. From left to right, Clarence Williams - California Capital FDC, Mary Rogier - Northern CA Community Loan Fund, Tunua Thrash-Ntuk - West Angeles CDC, Doug Bystry - Clearinghouse CDFI and Darrell Teat - Nehemiah Corporation.
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA -
midst of national conversations on race and injustice, the California Urban
Partnership recently convened an exciting Policy Forum Breakfast focused on access
to capital.Over 200 community, business
and academic leaders, along with government representatives and elected
Entitled The State of Community Development Capital, this event aimed to develop a small business and homeownership agenda to help free low income Californians from being trapped in poverty, and the criminal justice system. Sponsors of the free breakfast forum included AT&T, JP Morgan Chase & Company, Comcast, Nehemiah Corporation, Clearinghouse CDFI and the Northern California Community Loan Fund.
California Assembly Majority Floor Leader, Chris Holden
Jobs and the Economy Committee Chair, Eduardo Garcia, and Assemblymember Cheryl Brown
President and chief executive officer of the CUP, Malaki Seku-Amen, opened the event saying “Here is our great moment to be solution-oriented. We’re going to take the ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ movement to a higher level!”
“Today we will join our HANDS together! We will use our minds to learn about, and create, meaningful solutions together.We will begin fighting and working together to meet the needs of our communities!”
now has a drastically new and challenging environment for community economic
development. While research and
economists point to entrepreneurship, revitalizing distressed neighborhoods and
building family wealth as solutions to help low-to-moderate income Americans rise
into the middle class, all of California’s programs to help make that happen
are weak, or have been eliminated.
California Legislative Black Caucus Chairman, Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer
forum was critically important for helping grassroots stakeholders and new
policymakers understand what resources are currently in place, what gaps need
to be filled, and how they can work together to make capital accessible and
adequate for the business development and affordable housing needs of low income
and communities of color.
from the presentations and panel discussions was the recommendation that the
CUP focus on organizing partners and supporters to advocate for the following:
a California New Markets Tax Credit program for the purpose of attracting
private sector investment to California’s low income neighborhoods.
insurance industry investments in urban and economically disadvantaged communities through the
California Organized Investment Network (COIN).
for increased technical assistance, financial literacy and coaching, and
capacity building for entrepreneurs and families.