CEO Alison Ettel, AKA #PermitPatty, Throws Her White Woman Weight Around With 8 Yr. Old Black Girl Entrepreneur

    Courtesy Rajé Lee

 

Courtesy Rajé Lee

In Oakland #PermitPatty met a strong wall of resistance to her domineering, white ways with 8 yr. old Jordan, who was selling water on the street on a hot day.

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This is public shaming of the best kind, and CEO Alison Ettel will surely wish that she had just stayed in bed that day. Better yet, she should have used one of her own products to chill out. This is a good read about social justice with a bad ending for #PermitPatty!!!

Alison is the CEO of TreatWell Health, an edibles company that also sells cannabis products for pets, notes Complex.  At least one business has since dropped TreatWell Health's products in the wake of the viral video. Magnolia Oakland announced on Instagram that their dispensary would no longer include TreatWell Tinctures, writing: "After seeing this video of their CEO, calling the police on an 8-year-old entrepreneur selling water on a hot day, we decided without hesitation that we could no longer patronize her company. To our amazing patients who use the TreatWell products, please know we are working to ensure we can bring on some new amazing and ethical brands."

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It gets worse. Alison was among the subjects of the upcoming documentary film Lady Buds, but has since been dropped from the project. "Alison Ettel is no longer affiliated with the documentary 'Lady Buds' due to her racist and divisive actions," the production's Instagram post reads. "Our project is committed to social justice, and there is no room for hate or discrimination in society, the cannabis industry, or our film."

Score one big win for the little black girl! 

Whole Foods Markets Wipes Instagram Clean To Support Honeybees & National Pollinator's Week

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Honeybees are center stage at Whole Foods Markets, with the retailer deleting its archives of Instagram images on Tuesday, June 19, an action that left its 10 million followers confused. “Better BEE-lieve it wasn’t a hack. But some of you were on to something,” Whole Foods wrote in its first post since the social media wipeout.

In addition to the social media move, Whole Foods Market also partnered with Whole Kids Foundation for National Pollinator’s Week, which runs from June 18 to June 24, with a goal of raising $100,000 to help 50 schools install new honey beehives.

Eleven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. 

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EcoWatch explains why it's critical to protect endangered species, citing, for example, the rusty patched bumble bee species that has declined by 87 percent in the last 20 years,  disease, climate change, pesticides, habitat loss and intensive agriculture.

“We launched the Give Bees A Chance campaign because kids are often taught to be afraid of bees, but the role they play in our ecosystem is imperative and deserving of our respect and protection,” explains Nona Evans, president and executive director of Whole Kids Foundation. “One of the best ways we can teach kids about bees is through educational beehives at their schools, where they get an up-close look into the world of pollination.”

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Bette Midler & Michael Kors Open Solar-Powered Essex Street Community Garden In Brooklyn

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Mega talent Bette Midler and designer Michael Kors, joined by his husband Lance LePere, reminded New Yorkers Thursday night that wonderful gifts to humanity can come in small packages. Honoring the summer solstice, the trio joined New York Restoration Project (NYRP) Executive Director Deborah Marton in a ribbon-cutting for the newly restored green space, called the Essex Street Community Garden.

Attending an old-fashioned, New York block party, the global citizens celebrated the 3,200-square-foot green space is the first New York community garden that is entirely solar-powered, featuring Wi-Fi, a projection screen, and greenery that was planted by Kors and other community members themselves. The garden, one of 52 that NYRP installed around the city, will be an intended haven for weddings, yoga classes, movie screenings, and more celebrations to come, bringing together locals into a shared space, writes CR Fashionbook

The activist and philanthropy players have worked with NYRP for the last 21 years, after Midler brought Kors and LePere into the organization. 

"I've been a lifelong fan and longtime friend of Bette, and I find the work she has done with NYRP endlessly inspiring," Kors tells CR. "I'm the ultimate city guy, but sometimes a little bit of nature is exactly what I need to refuel and relax—and that feeling is something every New Yorker should be able to experience, no matter where they live. What I love about these gardens is that they really bring the community together." 

The garden projects not only strengthen community bonds and cultivate creativity, they are known to reduce crime in significant ways.