|Venue||Visual Studies Workshop|
|Address||31 Prince Street, Rochester NY 14607|
Rochester cannabis family, you don’t want to miss this! We are so excited to be one of the sponsors for this event.
Please join us for this important conversation Friday, March 15, from 6-8 PM at the Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince Street), for an opportunity to learn about, ask questions, and take action on marijuana legalization and future drug policy in NYS.
Additional panelists will be announced all week, so stay tuned here for more information and check out who we’ve announced so far:
Natalie Sheppard, Commissioner on Rochester City School District’s (RCSD’s) School Board.
Natalie was elected to the Rochester City School District’s Board of Education in 2017 and began her term in January 2018. She was born and raised in Rochester, NY. Natalie takes pride in doing her part in assisting with the improvement of her community. Her greatest strength is her ability to create and implement innovative solutions to identified problems. Her passion is working with youth and families.
Natalie has her master’s degree in Social Work and currently works for Children Awaiting Parents. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Roc Against Gun Violence Coalition and as an advisory Council Member for Action for a Better Community’s New Direction program. Previously, Natalie has worked as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Roberts Wesleyan College, for the Urban League of Rochester as a Program Coordinator; Monroe County Children’s Detention Center as an Intake Worker at the Crisis Nursery; and Monroe BOCES 1 as a Paraprofessional and Associate Teacher. Working with children and families through these capacities have helped shape Natalie into the Youth and Families’ Advocate that she is today.
Melissa Moore, Deputy State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance of New York.
Melissa Moore’s experiences growing up in Los Angeles and seeing firsthand the devastation wrought by the War on Drugs motivated her to join the Drug Policy Alliance. Her fifteen years of experience managing media and campaign strategy for progressive nonprofits focused on criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, poverty, community-led international development, and resource rights shape her role at Drug Policy Alliance. Throughout her career, Melissa has worked toward social change by bridging policy analysis and targeted campaigns with direct engagement.
Her work at DPA centers on shifting New York’s approach to drug policy and repairing the harms that the War on Drugs has caused to individuals and communities, particularly through her work leading the Start SMART campaign to legalize marijuana and contributions to the EndOverdoseNY campaign. She has been invited to give keynotes and has delivered testimony at municipal and state government hearings.
Melissa’s expertise and views on drug policy issues have been featured by CNN, The Hill, Forbes, NPR, POLITICO, CBS News, NBC News, NY1, Fox5, Daily News, Newsweek, Times-Union Huffington Post, Gothamist. Thus, we’re excited to have her expertise and views on our upcoming panel as well! Our hope is that this town hall is the beginning of building a unified, grassroots movement in Rochester for drug policies that uplift our communities rather than keep them down. We hope you will be a part of ending the drug war.
This town hall is being hosted in partnership with Metro Justice Center, SEIU 1199, ROCitizen, CANY – Rochester Chapter, Rochester DSA, Rochester VOCAL-NY, and Roc NORML.
We hope to see you there!
RSVP today and save your spot – the event is free but space is limited, and you don’t want to miss out!