Clean Your Record, Change Your Life
Updated: Sep 18, 2019
AS PART OF NATIONAL EXPUNGEMENT WEEK, ELEMENT 7 AND NDICA HOST CHICAGO’S LARGEST EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC TO CLEAR ILLINOIS RESIDENTS’ RECORDS OF
Public Event at Third Wave Coffee on Sunday, September 22 Offers Record Sealing and Expungement Processing Assistance to Those in Need
CHICAGO- Element 7, a cannabis retail company with a focus on education and local community engagement, and NDICA, the National Diversity and Inclusion Cannabis Alliance, will host an expungement clinic in Chicago on Sunday, September 22, noon to 5 p.m., at Third Wave Coffee in the West Loop, 1035 W. Lake St. This clinic coincides with National Expungement Week, a week of events around the country that seeks to alleviate low-level convictions that can restrict access to housing, employment, public assistance and voting rights.
Advanced registration is required and can be secured by:
calling (206) 731-9139
or using the following link: http://bit.ly/FREECHICAGOEXPUNGEMENT.
Attendees must bring their court records.
“Social justice and criminal reform is really important to the cannabis industry,’ says Gabriel Wiesen, CEO at Element 7 Illinois. “We should be a force of positive change, giving communities and constituents opportunities to participate meaningfully in the cannabis industry. This clinic we are running in Chicago is a really important part of that.”
Not only will free legal advice be given by a team of volunteer attorneys to begin the record clearing/expungement process, but Element 7 and Justice Grown will be sponsoring the $150 filing fee for all qualified convictions that are processed. For those interested in jobs in in the legal and licensed cannabis industry, employers will be available to answer questions, interview and hire potential candidates. The clinic will also feature Chicago-born celebrity cannabis chef Zairilla Bacon, who will serve
CBD-infused dishes, and guest speaker and author ‘Freeway’ Rick Ross. Additional presenters include Que4 Radio, Tree Femme Collective and Rock the Vote.
“Social Equity and Social Justice go hand-in-hand and expungements are life- changing,” says Bonita (Bo) Money, founder and executive director of NDICA. “This clinic is the first-step to moving forward for Illinois residents affected by the War on Drugs. There are enormous barriers to entry for folks with felonies seeking employment, housing, student loans, and occupational licensing. These folks are still banned from working in the cannabis industry. NDICA is grateful to Austin Circle Law Center of The Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. and Element 7 for this much-needed, collaborative effort.”
The Chicago Expungement Clinic, hosted by Element 7 and NDICA and part of National Expungement Week, takes place on Sunday, September 22 from noon to 5 p.m. at Third Wave Coffee in the West Loop, 1035 W. Lake St. Seeking to alleviate low-level convictions that can restrict access to housing, employment, public assistance and voting rights, this clinic will also feature a range of employees so that attendees can learn about jobs in the legal and licensed cannabis industry.
Advanced registration can be secured by calling (206) 731-9139
or using this link: http://bit.ly/FREECHICAGOEXPUNGEMENT.
Attendees must bring their court records.
About Element 7
Element 7 is a holistic wellness cannabis retail company that focuses on creating change through information, education, and continuous community engagement. Formed in 2018 in response to a rapidly changing cannabis retail market, Element 7 is focused on retail operations across the country, including here in Illinois, and has over a dozen projects in active development. Element 7 stimulates economic development at a micro level, aligning with local influencers that can create impact and policy change. The Element 7 business is backed by insight, data, flexible business models and community engagement that creates dialogue, understanding and change through education.
Please visit www.E7IL.com for more information.
The National Diversity and Inclusion Cannabis Alliance (NDICA) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create an ethical and equitable cannabis industry to reduce barriers contributing to the lack of representation of those most impacted by the War on Drugs, including people of color and other marginalized community members. Please visit www.thendica.org for more information.