This week a team of surveyors will be talking with businesses in the South End and on Central Avenue to gain a better understanding of the impact that last weekend’s events had on them and the exact number of businesses that require relief. Our goal is to raise at least $25,000 so that each store affected could expect approximately $3,000 in relief.
On Saturday, May 30, 2020, thousands of people took to the streets of Albany to join others across the country in demanding changes to the current system of racism that targets Black communities across the world. Later in the evening, violence occurred throughout the city in many different ways, resulting in Black and minority businesses either being destroyed or looted. Many involved in the destruction of these businesses were not even residents of these neighborhoods. The following day, the community came together to clean up and it was clear more than brooms would be needed to restore the businesses impacted.
Project TRY is also committed to contributing a similar donation to the Center of Law and Justice. For the past 30 plus years, the Center has been serving low-income and disadvantaged communities in the Capital Region through services, education, and advocacy. It also seeks the fair and just treatment of all people throughout the civil and criminal justice systems and works to reduce reliance upon incarceration. As each business will receive approximately $3,000 in relief, this collective effort from these same businesses will provide a similar $3,000 donation to The Center of Law and Justice.
I have personally worked on Central Ave for years to get myself through college. I have lived in the South End for most of my life. While attending the clean up in both the South End and Central Ave I spoke with business owners and heard their stories. This year has not been an easy one for the business industry and this event has left many feeling there is little room for hope. Giving back to a community so often overlooked in a time when they truly need it can help give back hope, strengthen, and rebuild our community.
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