Meal-Delivery Platform Shef Empowers Immigrants and Refugees

Providing cooking opportunities, as well as programs for refugees, this for-profit platform breaks barriers to food entrepreneurship

When Alvin Salehi worked as a senior technology advisor under President Obama, he visited the Syrian border to learn more about the refugee crisis and, in doing so, found himself looking into something of a mirror. As a child of Iranian immigrants who came to the US in the 1970s, Salehi knew firsthand that whether one has the privilege of a safe and stable life …

Common Citizen’s “Principle” Centers People Over Profit

From concept to execution, this cannabis company considers community

At Common Citizen—one of the largest cannabis operators in Michigan—marijuana is more than a hobby. It’s a catalyst for community, a pathway toward healing and an opportunity for equity. With Principle, their newest one-gram pre-rolls, the purveyors put this ethos to action, donating 100% of the wholesale profits to local Michigan organizations that are hand-picked by Common Citizen’s partner Cannaclusive, an initiative dedicated to facilitating …

Best of CH 2021: Good Measure

Creatives, communities and companies that continue to remind us progress is possible

In 2021—a year fraught with the pandemic, the US Capitol insurrection, infringements on reproductive and educational rights, increasing climate injustices, worsening systemic inequality and more—the fight for social and political justice was especially imperative. Through it all, we paid attention to artists and communities who champion progress and give back in some manner, supporting or publishing their inspiring work along the way. We tag each …