We rely on several incredible organizations in our community to teach us leadership, open our eyes to the inequity and injustice, and empower us to help in any way we can.
Our Root Partners
We’ve chosen these four organizations as our 2020 Root Partners because they are grassroots, led by Black women and men, and are focusing their fight on the root causes of social injustices in Madison and beyond. These are the organizations we are committed to funding, supporting and working alongside this year.
This is a powerful opportunity for continued growth, learning and collaboration that will lead us to a stronger and more sustainable Madison. If you aren’t familiar with these community leaders, check out their websites for more information about the actions they’re taking for justice. Your donation dollars now (more than ever) are needed and appreciated by these organizations.
Founded by Sabrina Madison, the Progress Center for Black Women is committed to long-term progress of Black women and families in order “to create more powerful communities of Black women who are leaders, doers, and owners.” The statistics are shocking with stark wage gaps and disparate poverty; it is these facts that drive the Progress Center forward in their mission.
Just Bakery is a 12-week educational/vocational training program that works with individuals experiencing significant barriers to employment. The training program teaches everything from hospitality management to baking and sales to customer service skills. Staff and students produce goods to be sold, and proceeds from Just Bakery sales are then reinvested in the program.
Urban Triage is “For the People, By the People” in every way. Empowering Black families and co-conspirators while mobilizing the community for action against oppressive systems is their specialty. They are education-based advocates with deep community partnerships and trust, providing resources for those most in need.
Working to “Build A Stronger Madison For All,” Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development has five strategic priorities: education, incarceration, economic development, family/community wellness, and leadership/capacity development. The team at Nehemiah is actively combating the multifaceted racial disparities in Dane County “to bring about hope, transformation, and justice.”
Other Community Leaders We Love
The Justified Anger (JA) Coalition is part of Nehemiah. JA was started in 2014 with a plan of action to address Madison’s “long-standing and harmful racial disparities in social and economic outcomes.” Part of that plan includes a Black History course that Short Stack managers take to ensure we continue learning about the history of racial inequity in America.
Defending Black Girlhood brings together women from throughout the African diaspora to create safe spaces for them to heal from present and past sexual trauma. As part of our partnership with Black Woman Heal, Short Stack has hosted ‘Black Woman Heal Day’ and hosted various fundraising events.
We are members of numerous groups in our community in order to show our support and gain valuable insight around issues that are important to us. Some of our favorite groups to belong to are:
- League of American Bicyclists (Short Stack was recognized as a ‘SILVER’ Bike-Friendly Biz)
- Bicycle Benefits
- Wisconsin Bike Fed
- Sustain Dane Sustainable Business Network (we’re also a 2015 graduate of Sustain Dane’s MPower Program)
Our food partners
We’re thrilled to support Wisconsin farmers and small-batch suppliers. Buying local supports our sustainability goals, and makes our food taste pretty damn good. Some of our favorite local farms are listed below. Check out their websites for more about the fresh food they’re growing!
Shout out to the worms of Earth Stew Compost Services in Lodi, Wisconsin, for digesting more than 70,000 pounds to date of organic SSE waste (coffee grounds, tea, fruit and vegetables) since we opened! We’d love to compost our meat, oil and egg products, but until Madison funds a city composting program, it’s just not feasible.