Sights & Sounds of Richmond

Dani is twenty-two years old. She was born in Mexico and moved to Richmond when she was three. About a year ago, she started working at a cannabis dispensary. It’s more than just a job. She identifies as a “first generation bud tender” - one of the first people to openly sell cannabis now that it’s becoming legal in California. She's proud of her role, but it hasn’t been easy. Cannabis is still not federally legal so as an immigrant, she's working in a legal grey area. Plus, her family wasn’t too happy with her work.

 

Richmond resident Lochlein Sekona studied for six years to become a deacon, all the while raising four kids with his wife, and working full time as a union leader for City of Richmond Public Works employees. Sekona now serves as a Deacon at St. John the Baptist in El Cerrito. His motivation to work hard and become ordained sprang from his deep commitment to social justice.