June Round up funds and the proceeds of Justice for George button sales are being donated to organizations chosen by the EQUITY Alliance, a group of Weaver Street employees of color driven to transform our co-op and community. Here is why the EQUITY Alliance chose to support these groups:
Recognizing the disparities present in mass incarceration rates for Blacks, we chose Emancipate NC https://emancipatenc.org/ to support their efforts to remove the price tag that often times applies to freedom for Blacks in America. Unequal practices, within the justice system, often times disband family structures by removing parental figures from the homes, resulting in children being removed from their home environments and large financial losses. This organization works to disassemble existing structural racism through community collaborations, education, and mobilization. Existing with this organization is the Freedom Fighter Bond Fund, which works to provide legal defense for those that stand in the way of injustice.
Noting that equal representation is often overlooked, we chose NC Black Alliance https://ncblackalliance.org/ due to their work in closing that gap. One significant focus of this organization is increasing voter participation in their fight against voter suppression and holding representatives accountable for representing the values, safety, and equality of their constituents. NC Black Alliance also recognizes the importance of focusing on the individual, as seen through their work on programs in educating the community on sustainable topics such as: garnering and retaining economic security and cultivating excellent educational environments, from daycare to the university. They collaborate with a network of government officials to mobilize these programs and hold events, such as the NC Black Summit, to address issues facing the community.
As a cooperative, with a mission to tackle food insecurities and recognize food desserts, Black Farmers’ Market tinyurl.com/BFMDurham is an homage to the local growers and producers in our area that work to keep the community fed. We recognize the history of the land in North Carolina and the spirit of the soils in which local crops are grown. In these pandemic times, as restaurants are unable to open to full capacity and the job market dwindles, this impact is also greatly felt by farmers. Farms are essential not only to our personal health but also the environment and the international economy.
In addition to donations to these groups, Weaver Street is supporting individuals that are serving on the front lines of protests by supplying them with energy bars, water, and masks, to keep them nourished and safer as they stand for a larger cause.
This campaign goes through Saturday, July 4th, 2020. We thank you for your participation!