A Statement from Bill Price, Founder & Proprietor, Three Sticks Wines:
George Floyd Still Can’t Breathe.
We have, as individuals and a company, once again been forced to confront the long-standing racial injustice in our country. The curtain has been thrown back and we have all stared at the harsh reality that many Americans do not receive the many privileges and rights that have been promised to all of us as citizens. We believe it is imperative that the angst we all feel over the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many more to count, results in a commitment to each do what we can to increase equality, justice, and opportunity for people of color in America.
We commit to action in three areas:
- Work to increase voter turnout. We cannot have a representative and just democracy without the broad participation of all citizens. We will donate $50,000 to organizations that work to increase voter turnout in underrepresented communities.
- Support just and inclusive social policies. We will donate $50,000 to groups that protect the most vulnerable members of our country, including the Equal Justice Initiative, NAACP, and Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law School.
- Create opportunities for people of color in our industry. There can be no real social justice without economic opportunity. We will work with SummerSearch and other organizations to give employment opportunities to young people of color in our community. This will include jobs, mentoring, and education about careers in our industry.
We realize that these small steps will not solve the problems that have been created over centuries in our country, but we believe in is important that everyone seize this moment to help to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice.
“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” –Talmud