Graphic by Gil Shuler.

On June 17, 2015, our community lost nine lives who had gathered in weekly prayer at the Mother Emanuel AME Church. We continue to be in awe of how our community has responded to the horrific incident and we maintain our hope that love ALWAYS wins. Our beloved city is indeed stronger now than ever before — and it is up to each of us to continue the hard work to prevent such senseless tragedies from happening again. We urge you to explore how our local independent business community is working to support the families of the victims, the Mother Emanuel congregation and the community at large.

SUPPORT THE MOTHER EMANUEL HOPE FUND

Donate to the City of Charleston’s fund to support the families of the nine victims and the Mother Emanuel AME Church.

SUPPORT THE ONGOING CONVERSATIONS 

The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the Coastal Community Foundation’s Lowcountry Unity Fund and the International African American Museum are working together to cultivate discussions around racism and inequality in the African-American community with support from Google. Contribute to this collaborative fund.

SUPPORT THE FUND WITH LOWCOUNTRY LOCAL FIRST BUSINESS MEMBERS

A study by the Small Business Administration found that small businesses donate about twice as much per employee to charitable organizatoins as large businesses. These local business members have shown support to the families and our community with various proceeds of sales.

The Alley
Closed for Business
Cru Cafe
Cupcake DownSouth
Edmund’s Oast
The Glass Onion
Indigo Road
Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen
Monza
Roti Rolls
Taco Boy Downtown

OUR POSITION ON THE CONFEDERATE FLAG

Lowcountry Local First advocates for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. While we believe there is much work to be done to eliminate the racial divide and economic inequity in our state, removing this offensive symbol, a visual reminder of a painful past for many of our state’s residents, is one long overdue step in the right direction.

Lowcountry Local First looks forward to being a part of the solutions that provide prosperity and opportunity for all through our work in advocating for a local living economy — a local economy that reflects the unique character, flavor, and culture of the place we call home, free of prejudices and neglect. We continually seek to engage local business owners that represent the diversity of our community.

We urge you to call on your local representatives and share your opinion on where the flag belongs.

While we are an advocacy organization that represents hundreds of local independent business owners, we speak on behalf of our staff and board on this issue.

Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Marketing & Communications