BHN Live: Davis reviews Black farmers' lawsuit, church helping in water crisis, Biden on drug reform
By Carol Angela Davis
In this segment, BHN legal and finance anchor, Carol Angela Davis, gives the run down on the class action lawsuit filed by Attorney Ben Crump on behalf of the Black farmers; Publicis Media created a $25 Million Inclusive Investment Fund and brands need to start spending the money; Alfred Street Baptist Church of Washington DC has designated $1 Million to Jackson State University for support during the water crisis and President Joe Biden speaks on an action plan to reform the laws concerning marijuana possession.
The News Stories:
Is justice on the way for America’s Black farmers? Attorney Ben Crump filed a class action lawsuit against the United States government on behalf of the National Black Farmers Association. In the 20th century alone Black farmers lost about $326 billion of land in America all due to discrimination during the 20th century; this is about 16 million lost acres of land in the African American community.
It’s been a year since Publicis Media created a $25 Million Inclusive Investment Fund. Now Publicis is telling brands to get to work spending the money. The money was used to increase representation of underserved and ethnically-diverse suppliers. Publicis media aims to help marketers uncover opportunities that are similar to their brands and strive to for growth with multicultural audiences.
Our churches are doing one of the things they are particularly situated to do...step in and help out the community. From Jackson, Mississippi, Alfred Street Baptist Church of Washington DC has designated $1 Million to Jackson State University for support during the water crisis. During the water crisis, which started in August 2022, many students of this HBCU were forced to leave classes and campus and delay their move-in dates.
Feature Story: Statement from Joe Biden on Marijuana Reform
Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit. Criminal records for marijuana possession have also imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities. And while white and Black and brown people use marijuana at similar rates, Black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates. Today, I am announcing three steps that I am taking to end this failed approach.