RPM Accelerating Good.
ROWE POLICY + MEDIA is a Los Angeles-based research, consulting and media firm that develops solutions to policy issues that affect people’s safety, well-being and equity in society. We also design and create compelling, easily understood messaging to bring light and heat to these issues.
Dealing with Unlicensed Cannabis Business Operators in California. By Brad Rowe, Client: Avenu/ MuniServices. California cities must address existing unlicensed operators and the proliferation of new unlicensed cannabis businesses. Protection of the newly regulated industry, and respect for the law are dependent on a clear response from city regulators and law enforcement. Article Link
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will take over the Presidency of Mexico following one of the most deadly years of drug violence in the country’s history. He will inherit a military and populace frustrated with a lack of progress to quell illicit drug production or the killing it has fueled. Mexico and the United States are both motivated to reduce drug related violence in Mexico yet our partnership is strained under the current political climate. This video (from 2013) outlines some of the strategies that have historically and still come up short - and why our countries should consider piloting innovative solutions. Implementing targeted enforcement on Violent Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (VDTOs) by going after US based revenue sources is just one idea. (Subtitled, Project supported by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations)
We lost a giant: RIP Tom Steitz. RPM Director Brad Rowe was most fortunate to be able to interview Nobel Prize Winner Thomas Steitz when out east in 2009 for MIPtalk Media. Dr. Steitz was not only a world renowned Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry researcher at Yale but also demonstrates that kids can be resilient (he had a tough go of it as a child in Milwaukee). Have a listen to the 27 minute interview where he shares some of his secrets to maintaining humor and perspective even while striving for greatness.
The Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders, and this companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal, provides unified, scientific, evidence-based recommendations to first responders so they can protect themselves when the presence of Fentanyl is suspected during the course of their daily activities such as responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests, and searches.
UPDATE: Dunlap and Pobuda were awarded SECOND PLACE at the Capital City Black Film Festival for digging into the issue of racial caste and inequitable treatment by the U.S. criminal justice system with "Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere"!