The nationwide response to the killing of George Floyd nine days ago has, once again, laid bare not only the systemic racism that exists within law enforcement, but also the inequities in health, wealth, and opportunity between black and white Americans.
I’m not going to drone on about my feelings on this topic; there’s a lot of listening and learning to do here, and, quite frankly, my voice isn't the one that needs to be heard. One of the actions I am taking, however, is to commit 25% of my profits for the entire month of June to two organizations that are doing critical work at this time:
- Cocoapreneur’s Black Business Relief Fund: This past weekend, several African American-owned businesses in downtown Pittsburgh were vandalized by a small group of opportunistic agitators during an otherwise peaceful protest. All moneys from this fund will go to repair and inventory replacement for these businesses. More info on Cocoapreneur here.
- Campaign Zero: Nationwide organization that works to end police violence in America through research, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns, and the development of legislation and advocacy.
Proceeds will be evenly split between these two organizations, and submitted at the close of June. I will follow up with a summary of the money raised over the course of the month shortly thereafter.
Thank you, and take care.