SXSW AUSTIN TX:
CALLING ALL SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS! WE NEED YOU!
Less than a mile from Travis County Jail – where people are still incarcerated for cannabis possession -- multibillion dollar conglomerates are coming to SXSW to speak about dominating the cannabis marketplace.
Former Speaker of the House #JohnBoehner, a documented prohibitionist while in office, is giving a keynote speech on Friday, March 15th. He never supported legalization as a politician, and his voting record in Congress shows that he consistently opposed criminal justice reform, civil rights, and LGBTQIA+ protections. After 24 years of devastating our communities with his policies, John Boehner wants to profit in the wake of the War On Drugs.
MedMen CEO Adam Bierman will also deliver a keynote, entitled “The New Normal.” MedMen faces allegations of wage theft, racism, and homophobia in the workplace, as well as financial improprieties in their pursuit of profit. In spite of being valued at $1.6 BILLION, MedMen has not made any significant commitment to funding equity, justice, or repair in the cannabis industry. This cannot and should not be “The New Normal.”
The #EquityFirst Protest at SXSW is meant to send a bold message in support of Equity, Justice, and Repair. We protest against those profiting on cannabis without recognition of their privilege inside a space that has traditionally been centered in civil disobedience. We protest against those profiting without an intentional plan to repair and make whole individuals, families and communities that have been marginalized by the War on Drugs.
We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
This is an INCLUSIVE protest; it is FREE to join and welcomes EVERYONE who supports EQUITY, JUSTICE, & REPAIR.
DATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019
TIME: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Hilton Hotel, Downtown Austin
500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
*Meet at Starbucks at 12pm.
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/equityfirstalliance/
HASHTAGS: #SXSWeed #EQUITYFIRST
(not required, but greatly helpful for planning! Info will be shared via email to those who RSVP)
TALKING POINTS: Click here to download a PDF of the talking points for on the ground at the protest.