Help Trio (Black-Owned) Thrive in Minneapolis

$20,110 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 336 people in 1 month
Created July 16, 2019
Help Trio Thrive As The First 100% Black Owned Vegan Restaurant In Minneapolis

Three years ago, Louis Hunter was facing a whopping twenty years in prison for unjust charges related to his presence at a #BlackLivesMatter protest in the Twin Cities. He was at risk of losing his life, freedom and being taken away from his four daughters, family and beloved community. For two years, Louis continued to proclaim his innocence and fought to get his charges dropped, to no avail. During this traumatic time, Louis lost his car, his lawn care business, and his housing, as a result of his pending charges.

Just weeks before his trial, a local couple, Sarah and Dan Woodcock, heard his story and felt compelled to get involved. Sarah and Dan worked with local Black Lives Matter (BLM) leaders and allies to rally the community to help fight Louis’ bogus charges. After a concerted effort, all of Louis’s charges were miraculously dismissed.

In the aftermath of his charges being dropped, Louis approached Sarah and Dan about launching a food truck business. That idea spawned a partnership that resulted in the creation of Trio plant-based , a brick and mortar restaurant that serves healthy, delicious vegan food, located in Minneapolis. Trio was launched over a year ago through personal contributions of the owners, the support of our local community, and advocates and allies for racial justice from around the nation. In keeping with its focus on racial equity and justice, Trio has created numerous job opportunities, including for people of color and provide their employees with a living wage.

A couple of months ago, Sarah and Dan made the difficult, personal decision to step back from Trio and to transfer full ownership to their former partner, Louis, as reparations. The transfer of ownership to Louis means that he operates the only 100% Black-owned vegan restaurant in the state of Minnesota. This is a reason to celebrate. Louis has an incredible opportunity to ensure the growth and sustainability of Trio, but he urgently needs our help.

Owning a restaurant is already a challenging endeavor. However, in addition to the traditional challenges, Louis has had to contend with being an African American man who has had contact with the criminal justice system in a state that has some of the worst racial disparities in the nation between Blacks and Whites. This includes disparities in lending practices by the major banks. As a result, Louis will need the support of our entire community to ensure that Trio will operate successfully for many years to come.

If you believe in racial, restorative and economic justice we need you to believe in Louis and Trio now more than ever. To get Trio to a place of strong financial positioning and stability, Louis needs to raise a total of $150,000 within the next 60 days, with an urgent need of $30,000 in the first 30 days of this campaign.

We can do it! It must be done. So, let’s do it!

The money raised will be used for paying off business debts, employee salaries, professional development fees (so Louis can excel as a leader), and operational expenses. The funds will provide a financial cushion, as Trio prepares to become one of the most successful black owned businesses in the state of Minnesota.

Please give what you can frequently and consistently throughout the campaign. All funds will go directly to support Trio . Feel free to share this campaign with your family, friends and colleagues. Thanks in advance for your love and support. We appreciate your contributions. Now let’s make it happen.

*Please keep in mind that each donation has a 2.9% transaction fee + a $0.30 fee. We suggest you add that back into your donation so Trio receives your full donation. *

Please share this campaign and feel free to use the hashtags below. Thanks for your support. 

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Friends: Trio Plant-based needs your support. Today specifically. Please SHARE this campaign and encourage folks to support it by either a contribution or amplification. The fund is almost at $20K and today marks the 30th day of the campaign. We set a goal to raise $30K in 30 days and it's still possible with your support. You never know who will contribute and every dollar matters to #HelpTrioThrive!
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#DinnerDialogueDirectAction was a sold out success at @trioplantbased on August 8th. Thanks for coming out to support Louis and Trio. We increased the fund amount and got folks to commit to taking immediate direct action to #HelpTrioThrive! You can help too. Contact Trio and offer your time, money, resources, connections and referrals to Louis and the staff with tangible and sustainable actions for success! You don't need to be in MPLS to support. Go to Trio's page now and offer your support. We have only 3 days left to meet our goal of 30K in 30 days. We need $11,738 to reach our goal by August 16th. Reach out to family and friends to get their support. Also see if you can get others to match your donation. Let's help Trio thrive! WE CAN DO IT. WE MUST.
Photo Credit: @thirdeye.vision
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Thanks so much for contributing to this vital campaign. We are almost at 50% of the 30-day goal of 30K due by August 16th. We have a ways to go but I know we can do it. Please continue to give what you can and share the campaign. Also, are you coming to the event at Trio on August 8th?


Never stop learning, never stop growing

This Thursday (August 8th) @ 6pm, Trio will be hosting an exciting event, and we want you to join us!

✔️Learn about the life journey of our owner, Louis Hunter.
✔️Learn about the ways YOU can support black businesses.
✔️Discuss racial & economic justice, and how the community can get involved.

All are welcome here ❤️

Author & educator @catriceology will be signing copies of her book, and a fully #plantbased meal will be served!

Grab your tickets here:
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MINNEAPOLIS: I'm thrilled to share this event happening at Trio Plant-based on Thursday August 8th from 6-8 PM. I am co-leading a campaign with Nekima Levy Armstrong for Trio and Louis Hunter and this event is in collaboration with that fundraising effort. Louis and I will be co-hosting this intimate, one-night only event called Dinner, Dialogue and Direct Action as another way to re-introduce Louis and Trio to the Twin Cities as now a 100% black-owned vegan restaurant. For 2 hours we will dine, talk and strategize on how the community can support not only Trio but other black business owners through direct action and personal reparations. Louis will be sharing a short documentary of his life journey and we'll be discussing racial justice, black entrepreneurship, direct action and economic justice specifically related to the black community. Come hear Louis speak about the new vision for Trio and learn how to better support black business owners and strengthen your economic justice advocacy. Louis will be sharing how you can use direction action to support Trio and help it thrive. Let's show up MPLS.

Please note that there is a strict capacity for tickets. ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. The capacity for seating is 52 guests. You will not be able to get a ticket at the door. Also know that there is one set menu/meal for the night included in your ticket price. This will help service be more efficient and provide more time for event engagement. We also encourage you to reach out to your friends and gather funds to bring to the event as a bulk donation to Trio in the form of a check or cash. We have a special prize for the person who brings in the largest donation. And finally, if you can't make it click on the link below and make donation to the fundraiser, make a one time donation or sign up to be a monthly supporter for a year.

We're going to have a enlightening and empowering time! Don't miss it. Seating is limited and Trio expects to sell out. Feel free to share this post and invite others to share. Thanks!

Get your ticket here: http://www.catriceology.com/
*all ticket sales and donations go directly to Trio*
#DinnerDialogueDirectAction #TrioPlantBased #EconomicJustice #RacialJustice #TwinCities
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Raised by 336 people in 1 month
Created July 16, 2019
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