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On Monday, May 25th George Floyd was horrifically murdered at the hands of four Minneapolis Police Officers. This blatant disregard for human life was appalling. It has brought the marginalized voices of those who have been suffering disproportionately for far too long to the forefront.  The institutions that are supposed to act on behalf of the best interests of our community failed George Floyd that day, as they have failed so many before. As our city cries for justice, we stand with our black and brown friends, with our community, our nation, and the world when we say that Black Lives Matter. We’ve expressed our anger and outrage at what happened, but we have to do more. We need to do more. Here’s what we’ve done and what we’re doing to turn that anger and outrage into tangible action and change:

  • Offered our taproom as a safe place for protestors (free hotdogs).
  • Donating 100% of proceeds from May 25-31 to several funds and organizations helping and supporting those directly affected by the murder of George Floyd.
  • Partnering with Justice Frontline Aid to help collect, store, and distribute much needed first aid supplies for those injured during protests.
  • Partnering with Justice Frontline Aid to help collect, store, and distribute much needed supplies for the communities directly affected by the death of George Floyd.
  • Collaborating with Weathered Souls Brewing, a black-owned brewery in Texas, on their Black is Beautiful initiative by creating an Imperial Stout to celebrate all the shades of black, and donating 100% of the proceeds from that beer to Justice Frontline Aid so they can continue to serve and support the community.
  • Continuing to work tirelessly to create a more inclusive taproom and to be a better ally to marginalized voices both within our own communities and at large.
  • We’re proud of the diversity of our staff, but we’ll continue to expand and grow, and be conscientious with our hiring, to increase representation for all marginalized voices.

At the end of the day, none of this is enough. This is just the start on the long road of changes that need to be made to ensure a more equitable existence for all. We will continue to fight for racial equality, to dismantle institutionalized racism, and fight against white supremacy. We will continue shouting Black Lives Matter until it’s ingrained into every racist piece of shit’s brain, because we know that we can’t appeal to that spot where their hearts are supposed to be. We will continue to fight for justice. We cannot continue to allow the racist roots of our country to strangle our growth. We need to do more. We need to be better. Let’s be better, and let’s start today.


Resources to support the Minneapolis protests


6/16

Modist Brewing will no longer be accepting donations on behalf of Justice Frontline Aid. Justice Frontline Aid will continue to support the community during protests, providing much needed first aid. Please follow them on both Instagram and Twitter to find out how you can help them further. You can also reach out to them for first aid needs during protests and demonstrations.


For other ways you can donate supplies, times, or money, please refer to the list of options above.


6/12

Modist Brewing will be open from 1-6 pm for supply drop-offs.


Today’s Supply Needs

  • Volunteers to transport goods
  • Volunteers to help organize
  • Gluten free/vegan non-perishable items
  • Cooking base ingredients
  • Baby Supplies (diaper sizes 5/6)
  • non-dairy formula

6/8

Modist Brewing will be open from 1-6 pm for supply drop-offs.


Today’s Supply Needs

  • Backpacks
  • Safety vests
  • Rice
  • Cooking oil
  • Non-Perishables 
  • Vegan and GF snacks
  • Gatorade/Powerade

6/5

Modist Brewing will be open from 1-6 pm for supply drop-offs.


Today’s supply needs:

  • Non-Perishable Foods
  • Diapers (All Ages)
  • Baby Formula & Food
  • Menstrual Products
  • Hygiene Products
  • Toilet Paper
  • Med Supplies
  • Heat Resistant Gloves
  • Hard Hats
  • Shatter Proof Goggles

6/3

Attorney General Keith Ellison to elevate charges against officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck; also charging other 3 involved – StarTribune


We will not be taking donations today. We will resume taking donations and distributing supplies tomorrow. Thank you for your overwhelming support. We are, however still accepting monetary donations via Paypal – justicefrontlineaidcrew@gmail.com


6/2

Modist Brewing will be open from 12-6 pm for supply drop-offs.


Today’s Supply Needs

  • Diapers – newborn – 2 yr
  • Baby Stuff – Formula & wipes
  • Hygiene Products – deodorant, soap, etc…
  • Non-Perishable Foods (snacks (kids & adults), juice (kids & adults))
    • Beans
    • Rice
    • Dried Pasta
    • Cereal
    • Protein/Granola Bars
    • Boxed Meals (i.e. Hamburger Helper, etc.)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • General toiletries

5/29

George Floyd’s Arresting Officer Charged With 3rd-Degree Murder, Manslaughter – NPR


At the time of this post, Derek Chauvin has been handcuffed and we’re one step closer to justice. However, due to the gravity of the situation, we have made the decision to postpone the decade’s largest Minneapolis based live stream event until further notice. On top of that, we have also suspended our beer delivery service for the safety of both employees, customers, and the rest of the community. We will also begin to close down at 6 pm until further notice, but reserve the right to close down at any time.  


We will continue to make and sell beer out of our taproom and from our liquor store partners. We will also continue to be a safe place for anyone who needs a safe place during the unrest, we will also function as a first-aid supplies drop off. If we’re on our patio, we’re here for you with water, first aid, food, whatever we can do to help our community.


Stay tuned to our social media as we continue to update on what’s going on.


We urge you again to donate and take action.


For anyone protesting (civilly), you got a beer on us. If you’re comfortable with it, just message us a pic of you trying to right this wrong, and we’ll figure it out. And to the entire black community, we are here for you. Modist has your back. Don’t back down.


Our funds will be directed to:

  • George Floyd Memorial Fund
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund
  • Justice 4 Jamar
  • Philando Castile Relief Foundation
  • Brewing Change Collaborative

We’re also collect first aid supplies with the help of Nur-D. For most up to date needs and donations times, follow our social medias. If you can’t make it to Modist with donations, please consider donating to local organizations if you are able.


You can find a few here: http://mspmag.com/arts-and-culture/general-interest/how-to-support-the-twin-cities/#.XtLeJUyizL0.facebook



If you’re outside of the twin cities area you can donate $ via PayPal to justicefrontlineaidcrew@gmail.com


If you or someone you know that was protesting has been arrested there is a legal hotline working in conjunction with Minnesota Freedom Fund that you can call for legal advice and general guidance. That phone number is 612.444.2654


Join us in using your voices to call for justice on behalf of George Floyd and all those who have been murdered at the hands of law enforcement. Here are some great numbers to start with:

  • Governor Walz 651.201.3400
  • Mayor Frey 612.673.2100
  • DA Mike Freeman 612.348.5550
  • Police Chief Arrandando 612.673.3550
  • Sheriff Dave Hutch 612.358.3744
  • Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights 612.673.3012
  • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension 651.793.7000

And remember, if you’re protesting please, be safe, be kind, and be fucking loud.


#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd