Community is the Heart of our Cooperative
As a community–owned food cooperative, community is and will always be at the heart of everything we do. Our doors are open to everyone who wants access and it is our responsibility to ensure our co-op is a place where all people feel welcome, safe and respected.
We share the anger and grief felt by so many from recent events and we stand in solidarity with the Black community in Central Iowa and throughout the country in demanding justice for the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all those that have suffered and died due to police brutality and the injustices of systemic racism before them.
Wheatsfield is committed to having honest discussions about the impact of systemic racism in our community and society and to listen carefully to those who need to be heard. We will stand alongside our community and denounce the racial violence and discrimination that has become all too common place and denies liberty, equality and justice for all and ask ourselves how this brutality and injustice continues to happen.
How can we work to ensure our community embodies the values of equity and inclusion that are cornerstones of our democracy? We are not perfect but we are committed to contributing to a more just, inclusive and equitable society.
We value your support of Wheatsfield and encourage you to use your voice to help those who are hurting and seeking justice from systems of racial oppression and to put a stop once and for all to any form of racism in our community and in our country. As always, we welcome your thoughts.
Actions we are taking
Here is a list of actions we are committing to take, knowing these are only the beginning:
- Beginning June 15, we will switch our Change for Community donation program to support the Ames Branch of the NAACP.
- Continue to raise funds for organizations that support racial justice.
- Prioritize recruitment of Board members of color.
- Explore a low-income membership program.
- Include training on equity issues for managers and staff.
- Create a staff committee on equity at the co-op.
- Review hiring and recruitment practices to expand our reach for new employees.
- Evaluate product selection to ensure we have products and price selection for all sections of our community.
How you can get involved
Below are local, country, and international agencies of change working toward a more just and equitable future for all.
- American Civil Liberties Union
- “The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation’s guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
- Ames Branch of the NAACP
- The MISSION of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination.
- Black Lives Matter
- “BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.”
- Color of Change
- “Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.”
- The Bail Project
- “The Bail Project, Inc. is an unprecedented effort to combat mass incarceration at the front end of the system. We pay bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence. Because bail is returned at the end of a case, donations to The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund can be recycled and reused to pay bail two to three times per year, maximizing the impact of every dollar. 100% of online donations are used to bring people home.”