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San Francisco Restaurants Donate Proceeds to Civil Justice and Police Reform Efforts

A list of SF restaurants that are dedicating funds to fight racial inequality

Mission cocktail spot Elda will donate proceeds from drink sales to Black Earth Farms, an Oakland farming collective
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The death of George Floyd, allegedly at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, has sparked a renewed effort to reform the systemic inequality of the American police, court, and incarceration systems — an effort manifested by protest actions across the country, social media movements like Blackout Tuesday, and fundraising and donation drives for groups dedicated to fighting oppression.

Bay Area restaurateurs are doing their part, approaching the issue from several fronts, with some closing down to honor protest events; and others promising donations from specific sales, overall proceeds, and even their own salaries. Here’s a list of San Francisco restaurants that are dedicating funds to civil justice efforts — if you see others that should be added, please drop us a line.


20th Century Cafe: The Divisadero Street bakery is donating $40 for every large honey cake sold this week to Black Visions Collective, a Minnesota-based organization dedicated to Black liberation. Orders can be placed here.

Anomaly: The takeout/delivery tasting menu spot will donate all proceeds from this Saturday’s sales to national police reform group Campaign Zero.

Black Jet Baking Co: The Bernal Heights bakery will donate 100 percents of their profits this week to the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery, Alabama nonprofit focused on the fight against mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality.

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We are devastated by the killing of George Floyd, and of so many before him, in what is an obvious systemic disregard for the lives of black people by this country. We are saddened by the fact that we protest in much the same way that we have protested over years and decades, but the problems remain unchanged. We will be marching on Wednesday IN SOLIDARITY. If you’d like to join us the information is here: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/29/18833377.php There are a number of organizations that are doing important work right now that could use your donations. All proceeds from merchandise sales this week and at our Saturday Popcorn Pop-Up will be donated. Here are the organizations that we are donating to: BLACK POWER BLUEPRINT https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NDYzMjk= NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER https://nlgsf.org/ways-to-contribute/ (Running a hotline and providing pro bono legal support for arrestees in the Bay Area- working with Bay Area ARC to distribute bail funds to arrested protestors.) BLACK LIVES MATTER https://blacklivesmatter.com/ PEOPLE’S BREAKFAST OAKLAND https://linktr.ee/pbo (Black grassroots organization serving the people of Oakland providing meals and packages to houseless communities.) BAY AREA ANTI-REPRESSION COMMITTEE BAIL FUND https://rally.org/ARCbailfund (Bail fund for those who do not have the recourse to bail or bond themselves) UHURU SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT https://uhurusolidarity.org/ Our Saturday Stay-At-Home Movie Night will be THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE this week. We will update you later this week on who will moderate the chat during the movie. We hope you can join us. Stay safe, but SPEAK LOUD. Love, All of Us At CinemaSF

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Cinema SF: The Balboa Theatre, an Outer Richmond film destination that’s pivoted to weekly concession sales, is donating “all proceeds from merchandise sales this week and at our Saturday Popcorn Pop-Up.” The organizations the funds will go to are listed above.

Elda: The 16th Street cocktail bar will dedicate 100 percent of the proceeds from its cocktails (menu here) will go to Oakland pan-indigenous farming collective Black Earth Farms and black Socialist group People’s Breakfast Oakland.

Flour + Water Pizzeria: The Valencia Street restaurant will delay its planned reopening on June 3 “to allow the George Floyd Solidarity Protest happening at 4 p.m. in the neighborhood that day to take center stage.” When it reopens on June 4, it will donate “a portion of our proceeds” to Alive & Free, a San Francisco-based violence prevention organization.

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#blackouttuesday

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Fool’s Errand: The Divisadero wine shop will donate “every penny of sales”made between June 2 and June 9 to Know Your Rights Camp, an organization funded by social activist and former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick to support youth of color.

Indie Superette: The Cow Hollow healthy-eating shop and restaurant reopens for business on Saturday, June 6, and will donate the proceeds from its smoothie sales through June 15 to the Loveland Foundation, a group focused on the support of black girls and women.

Maven: The Lower Haight spot is donating “all profits” to the George Floyd Memorial Fund, a GoFundMe from a sibling of the victim that, thus far, has raised millions of dollars for his family.

Pinhole Coffee: The Bernal Heights coffee shop has raised over $5000 for Black Visions Collective, owner JoEllen Depakakibo tells Eater SF, after donating 100 percent of sales on Monday and Tuesday to the group. Wednesday-Friday, Pinhole will match 100 percent of sales with donations to Brave Space Alliance, “a Black-led, Trans-led LGBTQ Center in Chicago (my hometown)” Depakakibo says, and Planting Justice, “a grassroots organization that runs a backyard garden program employing formerly incarcerated people at an actual living wage in Oakland (my current hometown).”

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WE CANNOT STAY SILENT. #blacklivesmatter

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Prairie: Chef Anthony Strong’s Italian restaurant will donate 3 percent of its sales throughout June to national police reform group Campaign Zero and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Strong says that he and his partner will also donate their salaries for the month to the organizations, and the business will match employee tip donations “dollar for dollar.”

Sons and Daughters: The Michelin-starred downtown spot will donate 10 percent of this week’s sales to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Gemini Bottle Co

2801 22nd Street, , CA 94110 (415) 795-4022 Visit Website

Flour + Water Pizzeria

532 Columbus Avenue , , CA 94133 (415) 341-0154 Visit Website

20th Century Cafe

198 Gough Street, , CA 94102 (415) 621-2380 Visit Website

PRAIRIE

3431 19th Street, , CA 94110 (415) 483-1112 Visit Website

Media Noche

3465 19th Street, , CA 94110 (415) 655-3904 Visit Website

Black Jet Baking Company

833 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

Pinhole Coffee

231 Cortland Avenue, , CA 94110 (415) 364-8257 Visit Website

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