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Weds, Feb 21 at 9am Peace & Justice – Medical Cannabis and Gina Belafonte

Written by on Sunday, February 18, 2018

This Wednesday, February 21 at 9:00 a.m. we’ll have in the studio Brad Weinstock, Co-Founder and Director of Neurology of Cannabis, a local medical practice that provides medical marijuana cards for residents of Florida who seek alternative holistic treatments. He’ll talk about which conditions qualify for medical marijuana treatment, how the card is obtained, what costs are involved, and more.  There is a free three hour event scheduled for Saturday, Feb 24 from 1-4:30 at the Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd. in Venice. It’s sponsored by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences  Presenting as well will be Brad Weinstock and Dr. Daniel Stein of the Neurology of  Cannabis clinic and a representative of Trulieve, a medical marijuana dispensary in Sarasota. Click HERE to register for the February 24 event. The first one was sold out.

In the second half of our show we’ll play the interview Bob and I did with Gina Belafonte on Saturday. Gina is the youngest child of Julie and Harry Belafonte. She talks about her many activist projects, like Sankofa or 2ndCall and about the new movie she’s producing – Surivors Guide to Prison – which comes out next week.

Sankofa is a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte that “enlists the support of today’s most celebrated artists and influential individuals in collaboration with grassroots partners to elevate the voices of the disenfranchised and promote justice, peace, and equality.”  Harry Belafonte will turn 91 on March 1.

Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to “Go back and get it” (san – to return; ko – to go; fa – to fetch, to seek and take) and also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbolrepresented either with a stylized heart shape or by a bird with its head turned backwards carrying a precious egg in its mouth. Sankofa is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates as: “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.”

The sankofa bird appears frequently in traditional Akan art, and has also been adopted as an important symbol in an African-American and African Diaspora context to represent the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future. It is one of the most widely dispersed adinkra symbols, appearing in modern jewelry, tattoos, and clothing.