Giving Compass' Take:

• B the Change sits down and talks with Tur-Ha Ak, CEO of a harm reduction security company on his input on black solidarity and what's to come for the future of our economy. 

• How can donors support more companies who goal is to close the racial gap in America?

Here's an example on understanding the racial disparities in prosperity across states.


Tur-Ha Ak is the CEO of Urban Protection Industries, a harm reduction security company. He created the unique business model to provide security for drug rehabilitation clinics in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco in the 1990s. It emphasizes maintaining and enforcing boundaries within a specific geographical area, and building and utilizing community relationships to enhance security.

Urban Protection continues to use this model today as the primary security for the Laurel Business Improvement District in Oakland. Urban Protection also has provided personal security services for Cheryl Davila of Berkeley City Council, Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter and Cat Brooks (Oakland mayoral candidate) in the face of heightened threats from white nationalists.

Read the full article about pursuing equity in the next economy by Andrew Baskin at B the Change