East End Food Co-op stands in solidarity with our Black community members and allies who are speaking out against police violence in our hometown of Pittsburgh and across the country. We hear you, we stand with you, and we see you. Many cooperatives throughout history have formed in response to oppression, be that oppression of race, gender, or class. Our co-op is defined by our Ends Statement which opens with: The East End Food Co-op exists to enhance physical and social health to our community. We are open to everyone. We value and uphold equality and equity in our community. Black Lives Matter.
To date, we have pledged $2,500 to local community advocates. Our contribution was split equally among:
- Bukit Bail Fund/Alliance for Global Justice – a coalition of individuals and organizations striving to provide support for those incarcerated at Allegheny County Jail, located in Pittsburgh, PA.
- 1HoodMedia – a collective of socially conscious artists and activists with a mission to build liberated communities through art, education and social justice.
- SisTers PGH – a transgender centered drop-in space, resource provider and shelter transitioning program based in Pittsburgh, PA.
- SteelSmiling – The Black Mental Health Fund – bridges the gap between community members and mental health support through education, advocacy and awareness.
In the name of Co-operative Principle #5 Education, training, and information, we have started a list of educational resources and information.
We know there is much work to do and we look forward to participating in building a more just and equitable society with guidance from our community and our core principles as a cooperative business.
East End Food Co-op