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 April, we will be collecting for Hate Is A Virus. This will continue until the last day of the month.
The organization envisions “a world where all members of the AAPI community understand our history of oppression and activism and feel fully equipped to take action against hate and racism against all communities of color. Hate Is A Virus will continue to equip our community with how to advocate for systemic change and provide resources to support them on this journey of activism.”
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:
“Hate Is A Virus is a nonprofit community of mobilizers and amplifiers to dismantle racism and hate.
A movement started in 2020, Hate Is A Virus continues to amplify, educate and activate AAPI to stand for justice and equality in solidarity with other communities.
We do this by mobilizing our community to participate in local and national campaigns, creating safe spaces for dialogue and education, and providing actionable steps and funding in partnership with trusted community leaders and organizations.
This includes programs related to mental health, community-based solutions for safety, representation, solidarity-building, and so much more.”