Each month for the foreseeable future, we are collecting donations to send to charitable organizations and causes in the US. For 2020 and onwards, these highlighted organizations are ones that are centered around education and the fight against racism. It is clear that the specialty coffee industry, and society as a whole, has much to address regarding this long-standing issue. And a way to start is to contribute to those groups that are knowledgeable about action and teach those around them to unlearn racism.
For the month of June, we will be collecting for Social Justice Learning Institute. This will continue until the last day of the month.
The organization is “dedicated to the education, health, and well being of youth and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training, and community mobilization.”
To donate, you can select the amount you wish to contribute as an add-on for your product purchases. Acaia will publicly provide proof of donations when they are sent to the organization.
In their own words:
“We use education as a tool to empower communities of color to unlock their ability to change their lives and the world around them. We work to transform neighborhood conditions by improving the built environment and expanding access to resources that enable residents to be healthy and thrive. We build capacity for community members to identify and rectify injustice and to advocate for policies that address their needs.
Our goals are simple. We work to: