R.A.C.E. Matters SLO -

Our names are Simonne Mitchelson and Justin Trabue. We are Black women working as professionals in the Central Coast’s wine country. This is a rarity, not only here in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, but across the state, the nation, and the world. We are both truly passionate about wine and its power of cultural connection, but due to recent events and events we have seen throughout history, we must now speak up about the lack of representation that plagues this industry and so many others. 

We have supported and plan to support multiple organizations, but are focusing on a local grassroots organization at the moment. R.A.C.E. Matters SLO is a “Black-led, multiracial organization formed in response to the killing of unarmed Black men by law enforcement.” This organization prioritizes Black voices (and other POC) as well as all marginalized communities by leading initiatives, such as the most recent BLM protests and rally, and groups, such as Noire SLO and Raise Up SLO. R.A.C.E. Matters SLO actively spotlights Black people and people of color in various industries throughout San Luis Obispo including the arts, academics, and music.

"We are proud to be a Black-led, multiracial organization, and work to keep people of color in the majority of our steering committee.

We prioritize Black and other POC voices, views, and needs within our organization and in the community.

We feature Black authors, artists, academics, and other special guests of color at our events.

We believe in transformation. We strive to dismantle oppression in order to achieve racial justice.

We invite White people to challenge White supremacy — both personal and institutional. White steering committee members and volunteers are charged with engaging other White folks in this work.

We stand with all marginalized and oppressed communities including but not limited to LGBTQ+, Muslims, immigrants of all statuses, the disabled, and mentally ill. We make ourselves available for support and rapid response to social injustice.

We celebrate diversity and push for inclusion, equity, and justice in all dimensions of society and human experience."

We appreciate any and every donation made to benefit this organization. 100% of ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to this cause!
Stacey Hunt is the fiscal sponsor of R.A.C.E. Matters SLO and will be accepting the funds on behalf of Courtney Haile, the founder of R.A.C.E Matters. Stacey, Courtney, and R.A.C.E. Matters do so much in our community and we ask for you to join us in supporting them to continue the crucial work necessary for creating space for all people of color in the Central Coast. Your donations will be spent uplifting people of color in the Central Coast, creating opportunity through workshops and community events, as well as currently organizing marches and rallies to protest police brutality in this city and around the country.

Click the following link to find out further information about this incredible cause: ACT NOW


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  • Christina Rasmussen 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Edible Magazine San Luis Obispo  
    • $200 
    • 1 mo
  • Katy Budge 
    • $25 
    • 2 mos
  • Melanie M 
    • $15 
    • 2 mos
  • Robin McBride 
    • $1,000 
    • 3 mos
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Fundraising team (3)

Simonne Mitchelson 
Raised $4,035 from 47 donations
Arroyo Grande, CA
Stacey Hunt 
Justin Michelle 
Team member
Raised $5,144 from 82 donations
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