[TheThinkTank] How is your bike co-op supporting racial justice? // ¿Como están apoyando la justicia racial en su colectivo?

momoko saunders analyst at bikefarm.org
Mon Jul 6 11:36:54 PDT 2020

Hi All,

I think this is a really important discussion and would love to hear what
other shops are doing. (sorry I am unable to reply in Spanish)

Bike Farm in Portland is doing a few things:
 - We are trying to continue our conversations around equity and racial
diversity despite covid and not being able to meet in person. While it's
not as robust as it should be, I believe we will continue to prioritize
this conversation in the next few weeks
 - We are setting up mobile repair (somewhat like a street fair) at BLM
protests. We will offer free minor repairs for people attending protests.
 - For Juneteenth, we offered a free repair day for BIPOC folks, working
with the ride leader for the Black Liberation Ride.

I think generally what we are doing is being open and generous to any BIPOC
organization that could benefit from our resources. We are endeavouring to
listen to what the community tells us they need and not be
prescriptive about how we can help. We are internally trying to educate our
members and volunteers. We are listening to the voices of our BIPOC
members/volunteers, trying to hear what they need to be safe in our space
or safe out on the street.

Our history with being an inclusive space for all races has not been
perfect. We are wrestling with how to sit with our failures, acknowledge
them, and work towards changes that address the issues. Pre Covid, we were
creating a night for spanish speaking folks and setting up movie nights
that educate our community about the injustice experienced by black people
who lived in our neighborhood well before we got here. I believe there will
likely be systemic changes that are needed. When we figure them out, maybe
we'll post again regarding what we have found.

Again, I'd love to hear about what other shops are thinking.

On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 3:58 PM Aida Mas Baghaie <aida.masb at gmail.com>

> ---- Español a continuación ----
> Hey buds,
> We've been chatting about ways to support racial justice, indigenous
> sovereignty & the revolution through our work at the Bike Kitchen, and we
> were hoping to hear about what you're all doing these days. Some questions
> that have come up during our conversations include:
>    - How can bike co-ops support movements for racial justice &
>    indigenous sovereignty in a meaningful and sustained way?
>       - Are you fundraising/donating money, if so how and for whom?
>       - Are you providing low barrier repair services, bikes, etc.? Are
>       you doing this at protests/rallies/actions? If so, what COVID precautions
>       are you taking?
>    - How are you communicating your support? (i.e. are you reaching out
>    directly to organizers to offer free repairs, fundraising, etc.? Are you
>    writing statements of support?)
>    - How are you ensuring that the work you're doing is serving these
>    movements without becoming a burden/co-opting the movement?
>    - Would you be interested in participating in a virtual conversation
>    about this?
> Really interested to hear what everyone's been up to. Sending you all much
> love, support and solidarity.
> <3 aida
> ---- Español ----
> Hola amigxs,
> Hemos estado charlando sobre formas de apoyar la justicia racial, la
> soberanía indígena y la revolución a través de nuestro trabajo en el Bike
> Kitchen, y nos gustaría saber qué están haciendo ustedes. Aquí les dejo
> algunas preguntas que surgieron:
>    - ¿Cómo podemos apoyar los movimientos por la justicia racial y
>    soberanía indígena de forma sostenida?
>       - ¿Están recaudando fondos / donando dinero / bicicletas, etc.?
>       ¿Para quién?
>       - ¿Están reparando bicicletas en manifestaciones? ¿Qué precauciones
>       está tomando en cuanto a COVID?
>    - ¿Cómo están comunicando su apoyo? (es decir, ¿están contactando
>    directamente a los organizadores de movimientos sociales para ofrecer bicis
>    gratuitas, recaudación de fondos, etc.? ¿Están escribiendo declaraciones de
>    apoyo?
>    - ¿Cómo se aseguran de que el trabajo que están haciendo sirva a estos
>    movimientos sin convertirse en una carga / cooptar el movimiento?
>    - ¿Te interesaría participar en una conversación virtual sobre esto?
> Tengo muchas ganas de escuchar y aprender de sus experiencias. Les envío
> mucho amor, apoyo y solidaridad.
> <3 aida
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