Trailblazing Women: Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour

While we recognize and celebrate the women who are blazing trails in the cannabis industry, we can’t help but shine a spotlight on some of the women who are out there organizing, creating, innovating and making noise.

Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour are trailblazing women and co-chairs for the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017.

Bob Bland

CEO + Founder of Manufacture New York | Innovative Entrepreneur | New Industrialist | Die-Hard Fashion Designer | Mother


“Social Entrepreneur | New Industrialist | Die-Hard Fashion Designer | Loving Mother”

Bob Bland is a Brooklyn-based fashion designer, entrepreneur and community organizer.  She is the CEO + Founder of Manufacture New York, a fashion incubator/factory hybrid dedicated supporting independent designers.

nastywomanteeInspired and motivated by the presidential debates, Bland launched Nasty Woman & Co, a website to sell T-shirts and tote bags celebrating nasty women, like: “Nasty Woman,” “Nasty Women Vote,” or “Nasty Women Get Sh*t Done.”

Now Bland and others are joining forces and planning “Women’s March on Washington” the day after the inauguration. News reports state that the organizers are trying to obtain the proper permitting to march on the Mall including land around the Lincoln Memorial, however, the National Park Service currently says the Mall is being held for the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC).

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Tamika Mallory

Mom, entrepreneur, speaker, freedom fighter, hip hop lover, fashionable protester


Tamika D. Mallory is a civil rights leader and anti-violence advocate and is the NYC co-chair for the Gun Violence Awareness Month Initiative. She is a regular contributor to Essence Magazine and and has been praised as “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett.

“I’ve been marching for as long as I can remember,” Mallory said on Huffington Post in 2015. “People often remark on the futility of marching, but I was raised by a family who marched steadfast and often.”

Speaking out is in Mallory’s blood.  Her parents were founding members of Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and Mallory grew up attending rallies and protests. At 15 years-old, she became a staff member of National Action Network and at 31 was named Executive Director of the organization.

“The real work is after. How do we continue to work together to form new partnerships, new allies, to join different movements that matter to us?”

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Carmen Perez

Organizer, Strategist, Trainer, Criminal Justice Activist, Executive Director of
The Gathering for Justice, Co-Founder of Justice League NYC


Carmen Perez helms The Gathering for Justice, an organization founded in 2005 by Harry Belafonte with a mission to build a movement to end child incarceration and  work to eliminate racial inequities in the criminal justice system.Her commitment to advocacy for young people began at 17 after her 19-year-old sister was killed in a car accident.

Well known for her work advocating youth in Santa Cruz, California, she founded the youth leadership group R.E.A.L. (Reforming Education, Advocating for Leadership) and co-founded The Girls Task Force.  Perez became the National Organizer of The Gathering for Justice in 2008 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2010.

“It’s important as a Latina woman, as women from different walks of life, to show we can come together in solidarity. If any young girl can see me or Tamika or Linda [on that stage], that’s success.”

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Linda Sarsour

Palestinian-American-Muslim, racial justice & civil rights activist, media commentator


Linda Sarsour is the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. She is a member of the Justice League NYC.

“We stand proudly, knowing the risks coming with the harassment and hate messages we’ve always received, but have received 1,000 times more now than in my entire history of organizing.”

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The Women’s March on Washington Facebook Event page shows over 140,000 women are planning on attending with another nearly 230,000 expressing interest in the event. One of the event hashtags is #whyimarch.


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