Black Lives Matter. Equal Exchange stands in solidarity with people fighting for racial justice, against police brutality, and those bravely working to create necessary change. The horrific and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee and so many others, and the uprisings these deaths have sparked, have moved so many of us to action.
We know that for many of us, as individuals, organizations and businesses, the regular daily routine has been disrupted. Protests and calls to action have swelled in many cities where we live, work, and have allies. We are choosing to take this interruption as an important moment to reflect. We reflect on our core values, and on the connections that thread us together.
Equal Exchange was founded on a vision of changing the existing power structures, to create more fairness, equity, access, and hope. The way we do that in the world is to connect small farmer communities to consumers and to use an alternative democratic structure in our workplace. But these are just two components of the complex and layered work that needs to be done to change power structures. These efforts counter the “normal,” commonly-accepted way of doing things. We stand committed to racial justice, countering the unfair “normal” way things regularly function at many levels in this country, those that systematically oppress people of color. We recognize this moment as an opportunity to speak up externally, as well as one to reflect and act internally. We are accepting this opportunity.
For us all to succeed, we must continue to fight for change together.
By Rob Everts, Equal Exchange Co-Director While we take stock in the still-incomplete…06 June 2020