Our Statement to Our Community: June 4, 2020
The Board of Rogers Park Food Coop stands in solidarity with the Black community whose trauma, agony, and loss of Black lives most recently and across decades, indeed centuries, is a travesty of injustice. The systemic nature of racism is deep and profound. We denounce the racism and white supremacy that continues to plague this nation that includes our local communities.
We pledge to our Rogers Park Food Coop community that we will strive to engage actively in intentional discussions with owners and wider communities about the historical and institutionalized disenfranchisement of Black voices and persons of color. We are governed by Principle #7 of the International Cooperative Principles that states that our strength lies in our concern for the community. We recognize the care we must intentionally take to create and sustain change within ourselves, the Rogers Park Food Coop, and our individual and collective communities.
We pledge to do the work required to be anti-racist, and that means listening, learning, and taking action. We remain committed to a business model that challenges capitalism and racist hierarchical ideals that are a part of it. We welcome feedback, critique, and suggestions for actions. Please keep an eye out for further communications on our website, via email, and on our Social Media pages.
Join us in an exciting new project for our neighborhood, the creation of a community owned grocery store — the Rogers Park Food Co-op.
Rogers Park Food Co-op will be a community-owned cooperative grocer. We will be your friendly neighborhood store, offering access to trusted sources for healthy, locally grown, sustainable and artisanal foods.
We will offer food education programs, serve as a gathering place for the community, and foster strong ties among our ethnically diverse neighborhood.
Rogers Park is one of the 77 community areas on the north side of the City of Chicago. We are home to people from all over the world—our 55,000 residents speak more than 38 languages and come from more than 82 countries. Rogers Park is the only neighborhood in Chicago where residents can live just steps away from the shores of Lake Michigan.
We are reaching out to you to spread the word. This project requires the support of the entire community to make it happen.
Show your support for the Rogers Park Food Co-op with our stylish new T-shirt! Designed by our volunteers, the t-shirts come in an attractive spring-green color with our new logo on the front and "Lettuce Build a Co-op Together" on the back.
Now 100% Union made in USA!