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Community Partners

East Fork aims to use our power, resources, and platform to build co-conspiratorial relationships with grassroots justice movements to help achieve a more equitable world.

Our Community Partners are grassroots organizations or individuals working toward racial equity, community reconciliation and supporting the liberation of folks who’ve been systematically oppressed by white supremacy, patriarchy, and heteronormativity.

In 2024, we used belonging as our guiding principle when choosing organizations to form relationships with because we know how vital it is for everyone to feel safe and rooted in their identities.

In January, February and March, we're asking you to give to…

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Youth OUTright

We’re partnering with Youth OUTright to support their advocacy work and the co-creation of safe, joyful, and empowering spaces for Queer and Trans youth between the ages of 11-24 who call western North Carolina home.

Youth OUTright’s mission is to create a world in which all Queer and Trans youth are supported to realize their power and autonomy through self-determination. They help youth resist oppression by building community, healing, and growing together.

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As a part of our work with Community Partners, we offer a suggested donation at checkout to support our Community Partner’s work.

This helps us habitualize wealth-spreading practices, and you can join us in creating healthier, equitable communities.

If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll notice we’re transitioning away from the model that offers Seconds on a password-protected webpage, made available only after making a donation to our Community Partner. This change will provide convenience in shopping Seconds and allow you to donate when you can. We will continue to use online and in-person Seconds Sales to raise awareness for our Community Partners.

We hope you choose to learn more about our Community Partners’ work, discover similar organizations where you live, and give or volunteer as you’re able.

New partnerships are announced at the beginning of January, April, July and October.

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2023 Community Impact

2023: PODER Emma

PODER Emma Community Ownership creates tools and strategies to prevent displacement and preserve the tight-knit nature of mobile home communities which keep families safe. PODER focuses on community-controlled economic development, local policy advocacy, and cultural work to protect the community they call home.

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2023: Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust

ABCLT is using collective ownership of land to transform the way we think about real estate. They are a community-led effort that was formed to address the injustices of urban renewal and the increasing cost of living in our area. Their mission is to establish permanently affordable residential, commercial, and community spaces that empower Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and low- to moderate-income residents to build social, economic, and cultural capital. Their vision is diverse and equitable communities where everyone has opportunities to thrive, build wealth, and use their collective voice to create a more prosperous, just future.

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2023: BeLoved

BeLoved Asheville is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate a transformational way of life that is rooted in community, creativity and equity. If you live in Asheville, you probably have seen their street pantries, free farmers markets in BIPOC neighbors and elder communities, protests for Black Lives, or trans rights, or the right to affordable housing. You may have been in their presence at a community dinner or a public meeting with elected officials, or you’ve seen a news segment about their advocacy work. Their name comes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr- "We believe in the perspective that we gain when we know that we are loved and we see others as equally loved. That is the knowledge of our belovedness. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. calls the place where there is no longer the oppressed and the oppressor but each are reconciled to each other–'the beloved community.'"

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2023: Racial Justice Coalition

The Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) is a broad-based alliance of individuals and organizations committed to addressing systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence against Black people and those most impacted by poverty, criminalization, and mass incarceration. Through grassroots-led organizing and community collaborations, the RJC seeks to achieve and sustain deep equity by building power to those historically underrepresented, dismantling policies and institutions that uphold racism, and reimagining a community where justice exists for all people.

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2022 Community Impact

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If you have questions about community partnerships and donations you can contact [email protected].

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