Grab your mug and prepare to be over-caffeinated (if there is such a thing), because six local coffee shops are participating in the Nationwide Coffee Fundraiser for the ACLU Nationwide. Sprudge, an online publication that features coffee culture, news, and events, organized the weekend-long event earlier this week.
In just days, the total number of participants has grown to include 195 brands and 401 cafes, including Café Medici, Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors, Fleet Coffee, Houndstooth Coffee, Once Over Coffee Bar, and Wright Bro’s Brew & Brew here in Austin.
Starting today, February 3, coffee shops around the country are joining together and donating a percentage of their profits to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — a trend that’s been gaining momentum since President Trump’s Inauguration; even more so after he signed an executive order banning citizens from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
We are honored to be a part of a nationwide fundraiser for @aclu_nationwide this weekend, February 3-5. 20% of all revenue will be donated to this great cause. On top of that, we will have a jar available to collect additional donations. We want to thank @sprudge for making this happen and for matching the first $500 we raise. Mark your calendars! Link in bio for more information. #yesequal #refugeeswelcome #aclu #together
Before heading out, though, take a minute to check each café’s social pages to learn what items to order and how much of your purchase will be donated. Brew & Brew, for example, is donating $1 from every filter or iced coffee, while Houndstooth plans to match guests’ donations up to $1,000 over the weekend at each of the four cafes.
If posting to your own personal social channels, be sure to include the hashtags dubbed by Sprudge for the event: #RefugeesWelcome and #YesEqual. For those who can’t visit these cafes, the fundraiser still encourages direct donations to the ACLU.
To learn more about the motivation behind this weekend-long fundraiser visit Sprudge’s website.
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