The Hub's Statement on Anti-Racism and Social Injustice in Our Community
Resources for Support & Outreach
- George Floyd Family Memorial Fund https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
- Black Visions Collective https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
- Reclaim the Block https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home (see also: their growing list of organizations in need)
- MN Freedom Fund (bail fund for protestors) https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/
- MPD 150 https://www.mpd150.com/
- Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) https://ctul.net/
- Communities United Against Police Brutality https://www.cuapb.org/
- MN ACLU https://www.aclu-mn.org/en
- We Love Lake Street https://www.welovelakestreet.com/
- Longfellow Rising neighborhood group
- Twin Cities Mutual Aid Project https://tcmap.org/
- Don’t Recreate Policing With Our Community Watch http://bit.ly/MplsNeighbors
- Nexus Community Partners https://www.nexuscp.org/
- Extensive List of Resources from MPD150: https://www.mpd150.com/resources/
- Resource Guide: Things you can do to support the resistance from home (Twin Cities-specific)
Cycling-Specific Organizations & Resources:
- Grease Rag "For Us" BIPOC
- Major Taylor Cycling Club: Minnesota Chapter
- Black Girls Do Bike: Minneapolis Chapter: Facebook group & the national organization site
- Tamales y Bicicletas
- Stamina Racing Collective
- Pedal 2 the People
- Las Bici Chicas
- Cyclista Zine
- The Black Foxes
The Hub Cycling Team put out a statement sharing many additional local resources where your support and donations may be directed. We are proud to put our name and our backing behind a diverse team of riders who are upstanding and active members of their community who promote space and visibility for athletes of color at the races and events they attend.
Steps The Hub is taking around Minneapolis Police Department
The Hub Bike Co-op fully supports and stands in solidarity with the organizations and entities that have severed ties with the Minneapolis Police Department, including the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools K-12, Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Minneapolis Parks Board, First Avenue, Minnesota Orchestra, and others.
The foundation of The Hub has always been buying and selling used bikes, and this continues to be a vital way in which we support our community and the environment by diverting gently used items from the landfill and offering affordable and quality used bikes for purchase.
In order to buy and sell used bikes, The Hub is required by the City of Minneapolis to comply with the Minneapolis Police Department and run every second hand bike we purchase through an automated reporting database to check for stolen bikes. Our in-shop interaction with the police department is infrequent, but it is a requirement of our license with the city to sell used bicycles. We are working with the Minneapolis City Council to remove the police role in reporting and replace it with a non-violent (non-police), community-based alternative.Community alternatives to police:
- MPD 150: A People's Project Evaluating Policing
- Crisis Resources from Walk-In Counseling Center
- What to do after a bike crash without calling the cops (tips from Brazil Law Group, shared by Our Streets MPLS).
The Hub Bike Co-op commits to taking the following actions to support community organizations and projects towards racial justice and equity:
We call on the City of Minneapolis to surrender the 3rd Precinct building and property to the community. We believe that space can be transformed into something that truly serves our neighborhood and community, and that alternative development proposals should be led by our BIPOC neighbors. The Hub is committed to supporting those initiatives through direct and financial aid, and contributing to those developments where our skills and mission can provide a positive impact. We have submitted a request to our City Council Rep, Alondra Cano, to this effect, and encourage other Ward 9 (and Ward 12) residents and business owners to do the same.
Since The Hub was founded in 2002, we have set aside jobs in our Service Department for our Apprenticeship Program, aimed at creating space and opportunity for folx who have been marginalized by and within our industry. While we are indebted to this program for the past and present leadership of staff, coordinators, and worker owners who came to The Hub through the apprenticeship program, we have received valuable feedback from past participants highlighting the shortcomings both within the program and our workplace culture. We advocate for other bike shops across the city to invest in similar programs and join us in committing to work directly with relevant community organizations to ensure that these programs are grounded in equity and justice.
Each year, The Hub donates 5% of our profits to community groups who align with our values surrounding alternative transportation, environmental justice, and Cooperative power through our People & the Planet Fund. Our internal committee in charge of those funds will continue to use it to support community efforts whose work aligns with our mission while centering racial justice.