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Legalized Pot Was Supposed to Help Build Black Wealth in Los Angeles. It Failed.
The New Republic

Legalized Pot Was Supposed to Help Build Black Wealth in Los Angeles. It Failed.

Social equity programs were supposed to correct the disparities of the war on drugs as marijuana became legal. What went wrong?

What New York's new marijuana law means for those with prior pot convictions
The Buffalo News

What New York's new marijuana law means for those with prior pot convictions

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers will have marijuana convictions scrubbed from their criminal records under the state's new marijuana laws.

New Yorkers With Marijuana Convictions Will Get First Retail Licenses
The New York Times

New Yorkers With Marijuana Convictions Will Get First Retail Licenses

Officials intend to reserve the first 100 or more retail licenses to sell marijuana in New York for people who have been convicted of related offenses, or their relatives.

How to Prepare & Submit an Application to Destroy an Expunged Marihuana/Cannabis Conviction Record
NY State Courts

How to Prepare & Submit an Application to Destroy an Expunged Marihuana/Cannabis Conviction Record

Application to Destroy Expunged Marihuana Conviction Record

What is in the Law Social and Economic Equity
Office of Cannabis Management

What is in the Law Social and Economic Equity

On March 31, 2021, New York State legalized adult-use cannabis (also known as marijuana, or
recreational marijuana) by passing the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA).

NY cannabis regulators propose new rules for marketing, packaging and laboratory testing
syracruse.com

NY cannabis regulators propose new rules for marketing, packaging and laboratory testing

New York’s Cannabis Control Board approved 16 new conditional cultivator licenses

$200 million fund announced to support social equity candidates in cannabis
Times Union

$200 million fund announced to support social equity candidates in cannabis

The public-private fund was among Hochul's 2022 State of the State commitments

EDUCATION

Chalkbeat New York

Graphs illustrate New York City’s stark achievement gaps by race and income

Reams of research have shown stark achievement gaps between white and Asian students and their black and Hispanic peers.

Education Week

Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color: Why It Matters, Ways to Do It

Angel Castillo Pineda immigrated to the U.S. from Guatemala five years ago. Navigating a new environment and language at East Boston High School, he thought little of future career ambitions—until he met Wensess Raphael

Brookings Institution

Addressing Education Inequality with the Next Generation of Community Schools

During few times in our country’s history has leadership in education been more critical. Far too many communities continue to face the enduring impacts of systematic racism and generational poverty.

Spectrum News

SCSD could be statewide model for free, in-school health care center

The New York State Education Department and politicians recently toured Dr. King Elementary school in Syracuse, calling it a model for the future of schools, to move toward a community school model across the state.

Buffalo State College

Teacher Diversity Pipeline Programs Leading to Success

Growing up, Kylene Holmes wanted to be a teacher. “I never actually acted on it,” she said, instead opting for a business degree from Buffalo State College in 2018, after spending several years away from school to take care of her son.

The New York Times

In School Together, but Not Learning at the Same Rate

The academic gaps between groups of students — the poor and the middle class, or black and Hispanic children and their white and Asian peers — often are examined in broad strokes, across a district or an entire city.

ENVIRONMENT

History

How Interstate Highways Gutted Communities—and Reinforced Segregation

America's interstate highway system cut through the heart of dozens of urban neighborhoods.

The Daily Show

Highway Racism - If You Don’t Know, Now You Know

Highways are the vital arteries that help transport goods and help workers commute to the office, but their origins are rooted in racism.

Center for American Progress

The Environment That Racism Built

Racism in the United States is killing black mothers and babies—here’s why where they live, learn, work, and play matters.

Medical News Today

What is environmental racism?

Environmental racism is a type of systemic racism wherein policies and practices place industrial facilities in low income communities, including Communities of Color.

Columbia Public Health

Asthma Rates in South Bronx and Northern Manhattan

Low-income neighborhoods bear a disproportionate share of pollution sources such as diesel bus depots, major commercial roadways, and deteriorated public housing that is often infested with cockroaches and mice.

The Buffalo News

'Undoing a more than 60-year inequity': Kensington Expressway project called a victory for the community

A review process leading to a plan to reconnect predominantly Black neighborhoods on the East Side and restore Humboldt Parkway by covering a portion of the Kensington Expressway will be done faster than usual, Rep. Brian Higgins said Friday.

EQUITY PAC

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