Our Co-op stands in opposition to bigotry, inequality and violence in all forms, both direct and indirect. Racist violence, fueled by ignorance and hatred, serves as a stark reminder of the intolerance and oppression that has permeated and shaped our society from the moment it was founded.

So, what exactly can we do?

The enormity of what we face is daunting. There is much work to do, however, we will move forward together. Our Co-op community is a special place in that we show up for each other daily. Now, we need to show up for each other like never before. We can check in on our friends and co-workers. We can listen. We can educate ourselves. We can support groups doing important work in our community. We can acknowledge that there is much to learn and much to do.

This will be an ongoing conversation and a top priority. Our Board of Directors has already reflected this priority in our Ends policies and encouraged me to continue to seek creative solutions and prioritize these efforts.  We have increased our donations and support of local organizations leading this work.  Last year, our management team participated in trainings that addressed our capacity to support diversity, equity and inclusion at the co-op.  We will continue these. There are challenges to doing this in a time when groups cannot meet in person, but we will find a way. We will seek outside resources to gather information, best practices and ideas about addressing how we can create a more diverse, inclusive and anti-racist workplace.

– General Manager Chris Maher

Organizations we support

 

Black Hives Matter

Beekeeping is the answer to a life’s calling for Cameron Redford. The Black Hives Matter Project was born out of an opportunity to purchase the apiary (bee farm) where he worked in Nevada City, California — bringing a loved and long-standing honey business under Black ownership in the least diverse county in California, while providing food, medicine, employment and educational opportunities to his community.

“It would be a dream come true for my family to step into this role — but it’s not just about us.  The history of African Americans and beekeeping is long and deep, and has been one of the victims of the systematic erasure of the contributions of Black farmers from the records of history. I believe that there is immense power in the reconnection of this African diasporic insect and the African diasporic peoples in the Americas. I’m grateful for the opportunity to reclaim this relationship and share it with all of my communities.”

Learn more here.

 

The DEEP Grocery Co-op

The DEEP is a worker-owned grocery cooperative dedicated to restoring East Oakland’s community through fresh organic produce, community education, and cooperative economics, prioritizing the wellbeing of Black, Indigenous and People of Color.

The project is powered in partnership by the founding cohort, Acta Non Verba, Mandela Grocery Cooperative, Repaired Nations and the East Oakland Community.

Learn more here.

 

James, one of Mandela’s founders.

Mandela Grocery Co-op

This worker-owned grocery store strengthens and diversifies their local economy by sourcing from businesses and farms run by People of Color because they are deeply committed to creating opportunity for interdependence in the food space.

We are big fans of Mandela’s business model that runs on the principles of democracy and equality! You can support their good work by making a donation to Mandela’s Karma Jar, paying it forward to help those in need buy groceries.

Learn more here.

Farms to Grow

Farms to Grow, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Oakland that is dedicated to working with Black farmers and underserved sustainable farmers around the country.

Co-founded by Dr. Gail P. Myers and Gordon Reed in 2004, Farms To Grow, Inc. aims to increase the capacity of underserved farmers to keep their farm operations and establish farming as a viable career for future generations. Underserved farmers may include Native American, Hispanic, other minority groups, women, the physically challenged and limited access organic farmers. ❤️

Learn more here.

The Happy Org

HAPPY is a youth-founded and led organization that promotes youth empowerment through holistic education.

The group founded by teen activist Haile Thomas provides interactive & fun peer to peer learning experiences for youth, grades 3rd-6th, in diverse communities all across the Globe. Initiatives include plant-based nutrition/culinary summer camps, school visits & tours, and a soon to be launched virtual HAPPY Academy.

All of these initiatives are based on instilling “3 Keys to HAPPY” philosophy: Nurturing physical health (food/fitness), mental health (self-care/mindset), and soul development (character & purpose + compassion & relationships).

Learn more here.

YR Media

Oakland-based YR Media, a national network of young journalists and artists. They collaborate with peers and top media professionals around the country to create content that matters.

For 25 years, the non-profit production company has invested in future generations — championing young voices to build critical skills in journalism, arts and media.

Learn more here.

Photo by: @yakamoz_ayse

Planting Justice

Planting Justice is a grassroots organization with a mission to empower people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice, and community healing.

A 5-acre farm project is helping to transform the food system and provide green, living wage jobs for formerly incarcerated people. Someday soon, there will be hundreds of drought-resistant fruit and nut trees here, providing low-cost produce to food desert communities and families with incarcerated loved ones.

Learn more here.

Marsha P Johnson Institute

Marsha P. Johnson was an activist, self-identified drag queen, performer, and survivor. She was a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Marsha went by “Black Marsha” before settling on Marsha P. Johnson. The “P” stood for “Pay It No Mind,” which is what Marsha would say in response to questions about her gender. It is the consideration of who “Black Marsha” was that inspired The Marsha P. Johnson Institute. You can join us in celebrating black trans people by supporting the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. The Institute works to protect and defend the human rights of BLACK transgender people by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership and promoting our collective power.

Learn more here.

Creating Communities Beyond Bias

Creating Communities Beyond Bias is a non-profit organization based in Nevada County that provides education and outreach to promote unity through acceptance and celebration of diversity.

Learn more here.

Color Me Human

Color Me Human is a 501c3 organization that was formed in early 2020. Color Me Human works to dismantle systems of oppression both within ourselves and within the institutions of Nevada County here on Nisenan land. Led by a multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-issue coalition we acknowledge, celebrate, and support the underrepresented communities in California’s second whitest county. Through community education, cross-movement solidarity building, and crisis response, the group aims to eliminate harm inflicted on people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals in Nevada County.

Learn more here.