Owning Up: Supernova Women Supports BIPOC in Cannabis & CBD Industry
Continuing our "Owning Up" series on the intersection of CBD, cannabis, and social justice, we want to share another organization that is doing incredible work. As a new/small business, we don't have a ton of revenue to spare, but it's important that some of our dollars are going to these groups regardless.
Side-note: This post comes with full recognition that people have bills to pay and mouths to feed—and that it may not be realistic for everyone to donate right now while they're dealing with a global pandemic and recession. Donate if you're able, or share this organization with people who can, or just read about the work that they're doing. This article on different ways of contributing to social justice work does a good job of outlining how we can "organize our intent, time, and actions." Individual, interpersonal, and organizational impact are each necessary and connected. So let's all do what we can!
"Supernova Women is a women of color led non-profit organization with a mission to empower people of color to become self-sufficient shareholders in the cannabis industry. We do this through education, advocacy, and network building. Our organization was founded in 2015 by Amber Senter, Nina Parks, and Tsion “Sunshine” Lencho. Andrea Unsworth joined the Supernova Women board of directors in early 2016. Supernova Women is a national organization headquartered in Oakland, California."
Why We Donated to Supernova Women
From owner, Zoe Lambert: "During my first two years in the cannabis and hemp industry, I saw firsthand how underrepresented women of color were, especially in leadership positions. There were few, if any cannabis businesses in Seattle owned by women of color. At the recreational shop I worked at, there were two or three women of color among about 40 employees. Supernova Women seeks to change this reality by advocating for BIPOC women who want to break into the industry and succeed in a white male-dominated space. Supernova is led by Black women who know these challenges, like how hard it is to access capital to start a business."
The Tucson CBD, cannabis, and wellness industries have a long way to go toward equal representation and equitable opportunities. Maybe our next post should highlight some of the local BIPOC doing good work in these industries? If you know of a Tucson person or business we should highlight, get in touch!