Alcove's June Nonprofit Drive Benefits NYC-focused Bail Out Fund

June 20, 2020

Dear Alcove Friends and Fam,

Immediately after Alcove's 6/4/2020 open letter in response to the urgent state of Black Lives Matter in the US, we took the first step towards fulfilling point 3 of our initial task list (making time and space for dialogues with you, our customers, explicitly on the subject of how we can all work towards becoming actively anti-racist weed consumers) by inviting customers to complete our June Survey.

In it, we asked: Do you have opinions you want to share about how Alcove could better benefit our community at large? Do you have resources you want to share with Alcove to help make our shop a more inclusive space? We got a myriad of helpful and encouraging responses including the following:

"As a person of color I would like to see legislation change in NY as well as having rulings reversed re cannabis offenses which disproportionately affect POC...I appreciate alcove being proactive in the blm movement!"

"More representation of biopic brands...giving us more info about the brand and their background"

"I think you are trying and that is what is important"

"You could put progressive or socialist literature in all your orders"

"Support more black/POC glassmakers"

"We gotta do better. You're on the right track."

 

In another small step towards meeting our initial accountability goals in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Alcove has implemented an ongoing Nonprofit Drive as of 6/20/2020, which enables customers to donate a percentage of their order total during checkout on alcove.shop. In addition, Alcove will match these donations through the end of the month to double our collective impact.

For our June-July nonprofit, we chose NYC-focused Emergency Release Fund, a 501c3 mutual aid nonprofit bailing LGBTQ+ and medically vulnerable individuals out of Rikers Island & ICE detention. A member of the National Bail Fund Network, the Fund is included on Patia Fantasy World's "𝙁𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙮 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙈𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙇𝙞𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙍𝙚𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙤 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙎𝙮𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙞𝙘 𝙍𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙨𝙢" - we encourage you to explore that list further.

Alcove believes in the urgency of near-term deincarceration of the predominately-BIPOC population held in jails, in addition to the larger-picture necessity of a systematic overhaul of the U.S. private and public criminal justice trap from the ground up, especially as It relates to the racist War on Drugs and marijuana criminalization.

As always, we welcome your comments and questions. Email Allie and Alex at hi@alcove.shop any time.

xo

Allie & Alex

P.S. Here's a great breakdown of the data behind the pressing need for equity programs in the cannabis industry, via It's Nice Paper: