Vielmetter Los Angeles continues our year-long donation pledge supporting effective change to dismantle police brutality, white supremacy, racism, and injustice. This month we are donating $1,000 to The Street Vendor Emergency Fund.
"When the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting our communities, we quickly saw that all the data about income inequality was right: most people don’t have any savings to cover their household expenses in an emergency. Many small businesses operate with only enough cash on hand to last them 27 days. We heard this loud and clear from the street vendors we’ve worked with for over a decade. Street vendors who participate in our micro-loan program and those that are involved in the LA Street Vendor Campaign saw their business revenue dissolve almost over night. And new policies in LA banned most street vending as a result of COVID-19.
This is why we started an emergency fund to provide direct cash assistance to LA street vendors who are financially struggling as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in Los Angeles.
Through your donation, we will be able to disburse $400 directly to the street vendors who are affected. These funds will help them pay rent, purchase groceries, and supplement the loss they are seeming from less foot traffic or having to be quarantined at home. These resources are delivered on pre-loaded Mastercards that give recipients immediate access to their funds."
We will announce the next organization we are supporting on May 15th.
The Street Vendor Emergency Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/sx2vr6-the-street-vendor-emergency-fund
June 15, 2020: Black Trans Advocacy Coalition
July 15, 2020: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
August 15, 2020: National Police Accountability Project
September 15, 2020: Critical Resistance
October 15, 2020: Fair Vote
November 15, 2020: The New Georgia Project
December 15, 2020: SÜPRMARKT
January 15, 2021: The Compton Pledge
February 15, 2021: Covid-19 Mutual Aid Network Los Angeles
March 15, 2021: The Downtown Women’s Center
We would also like to thank everyone who has made contributions in support of Paul Mpagi Sepuya's Solidarity Print. As of July 25, 2020 more than $214,688 has been donated directly to organizations the artist selected to support.
Please also check out Edgar Arceneaux's BLM Defund Convening with Patrisse Cullors