Our June partner is
The Covid-19 QTIPOC Survival Fund
Who We Are:
We are an inter-generational and Black-led mutual aid initiative. None of our organizers are paid for their work. The people who receive funds decide through consensus how funds are allocated.
Who We Serve + How:
Our recipients are Queer, Transgender, Indigenous People Of Color (QTIPOC) living in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, or rural North Carolina. All recipients are under/unemployed due to COVID-19, and were fighting to survive systemic racism, queerphobia, and transmisogynoir before the pandemic even hit. Most have never received a stimulus check, and face significant barriers to accessing safety-net services. So every month, we ask the community for survival funds on social media + send those funds to our recipients. Mostly through Paypal, Venmo and Cashapp. We figure out other ways when folks don’t have bank accounts. Funds are given with zero strings attached.
What We’ve Done So Far:
We’ve re-distributed over $80,000 to our recipients since the pandemic hit. About $60,000 of that came from our beloved community! The rest came in the form of rapid-response grants + fundraisers from LGBTQ+ focused social justice non-profits like the Third Wave Fund, the Equality NC Foundation, Race Forward, The Campaign For Southern Equality, and Southern Vision Alliance. We are grateful to these orgs for funding + supporting autonomous groups like ours!
Beer of the Month:
Das Funkel Dunkel. Munich Dunkel. ABV 4.5%, IBU 21
The name translates as The Sparkling Dark, and a hat tip goes to Chef Ben’s brother, who is an Assistant Professor of German at UNC, for the name suggestion. Light tan coloured head on a dark brown to ruby red beer. Aromas of caramel and dark toast, complex flavours of malt, caramel, a hint of chocolate, more toast, light floral and stone fruit. A lightish body, malt sweetness balancing minimal bitterness, and a dry finish, all goes to make for a very drinkable beer.