In light of past, recent and ongoing events, many around the country and world are rallying to support fair treatment and equality for African Americans. One group of people looking to make a difference is Bakers Against Racism, a grassroots organization working to see an end to racism in America.
On Saturday, June 20, Bakers Against Racism is hosting a worldwide, virtual bake sale to raise funds for organizations that create radical change against systemic and structural racism. The organization is asking for national and international participation. Bakers can donate 150 pieces of a dessert to sell, and then donate a majority of the proceeds to a charity that supports black lives, such as the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Black Lives Matter.
“We are armed to fight racism with the tools we know how to utilize, our food,” Bakers Against Racism said in an Instagram post on June 4. The post has received over 31,000 views since then and has helped to spread the word and gain support among the baking community.
CALLING ALL BAKERS, CHEFS, HOME BAKERS & COOKS!!!!!!!!! @bakersagainstracism is a call to action: to fight and stand up against the unjust treatment of BLACK people in the United States. We are armed to fight racism with the tools we know how to utilize, our FOOD. JOIN forces with us virtually on all social media platforms launching pre-sales on June 15th and pickups on the 20th to stand up to injustice. We are asking for national participation! You only have to donate 150pcs of a dessert to sell, and then donate the majority of the proceeds to a charity that supports black lives. Your small contribution can create BIG and lasting change. For graphics, documents and resources email us at firstname.lastname@example.org *Art by Chef @robrubba * #jointhemovement #blacklivesmatter #BAKERSAGAINSTRACISM
The founders of Bakers Against Racism are Washington, D.C.-based pastry chefs Paola Velez and Willa Lou Pelini and chef Rob Rubba. The trio is getting thousands of professional and amateur bakers in sixteen countries to participate in the bake sale.
“Our goal was to get eighty participants to hopefully raise $96,000 to multiple organizations that support Black Lives,” Velez tells Food Network. “Now we’re at 3,700 participants, sixteen countries, 170+ cities and forty one states.”
Participating bakers began taking pre-orders on Monday, June 15 and all items are to be delivered by Saturday.
Several big names in the industry are taking part in the event, including Milk Bar, Georgetown Cupcake, 2019 James Beard Outstanding Baker Greg Wade of Publican Quality Bread and many more.
For bakers interested in participating in the fundraiser, contact Bakers Against Racism to find out the next steps.