Dear Friends,

Isolated for months, we emerge into a collective rage and grief for yet another black person murdered by a policeman. Chants of “No Justice, No Peace” fill streets across America -- and Charleston -- as communities take to the streets to demand a long-overdue end to systemic racism. Signs at rallies and on community alters across America share our emotions, our prayers, our frustrations and our grief. Let us be clear: Black Lives Matter. 

Amidst this uncertain time, there is a rhythm that beats steadily, over and over: Do the work. 

Don’t understand systemic racism? Do the work.
Don’t recognize white privilege? Do the work.
Don’t know what actions you can take? Do the work.

Here is a list of anti-racism books -- read, then keep reading:

Here are some of the folks we follow who require us to dig deeper to grow and change (please don’t DM them, and always pay for services -- always). 
adrienne maree brown                       Aja Barber                                  Rachel Carlyle
Author & Pleasure Activist     Writer & Fashion Consultant       Activist, Artist & Academic

If you are a resident of Charleston who has not taken Racial Equity Institute (REI) with YWCA Greater Charleston, please sign up. It's a pivotal course to understand racial bias and systemic racism.

From our friends at the YWCA: please sign their Stand Against Racism pledge. On this pledge, it asks you an important question: What will you do in the coming year to stand against racism in our community? Our team has written our own pledges for how we will stand against racism, and we continue to refine and tweak these vows regularly. And, many of us have begun to speak this commitment daily with our prayers -- because we recognize we must keep this consciousness present and alive all the time, in everything we do. 

We are called to this commitment everyday. 
Do the work. 
Do the work. 
Do the work.

In love & justice, 
Enough Pie Staff & Board
Powerful recommendations and resources for cultivating awareness and foundations for action -- please watch, read, listen, act and donate -- and pass it on. Thanks to Evita Ellis for compiling these resources and making them publicly available.

Enough Pie has partnered with the Joseph Floyd Manor, home to over 160 elders and disabled residents in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula for over 6 years. As recently reported, the living conditions in the building are unacceptable and deeply problematic. As a creative organization, it has been challenging and humbling to both support and serve these neighbors (community buddies, Tales from the Manor, and Bowls & Bingo, to name a few) and yet recognize that these living conditions are wholly inadequate with little ability for change based on the Manor’s current financial outlook. The recent media attention has brought many political and civil officials to get involved, as it is a complex issue crossing Federal, State, and County municipalities, and it will take a large collective effort to address and fix this building for the residents to thrive.

Enough Pie supports the residents and staff, many of whom are demanding improved living conditions, and will work In partnership to help ensure these issues are addressed and resolved. Many residents we have spoken with do not want to be removed from their home, as there is fear they will not be able to come back, so it is a complex and nuanced issue. There are different government entities that have varied opinions, like tearing the building down to build a new and improved building -- but where would these elders go in the meantime and would a new building truly have low-income, affordable rents for elders and disabled residents to return to? All residents do not have the same level of maintenance and pest issues as others, so not everyone agrees with the best course of action. If elders are removed for a complete cleaning and rehabilitation of the building, many are worried that they will not get back to their home. Many Joseph Floyd Manor residents have lived in downtown Charleston all their lives, and do not want to be moved to housing outside of their neighborhood.

The rodent/pest problem had monthly remediation, which has now moved to weekly. It has come to our attention that some of the new development in the area is directly contributing to the increased rodent infestation. We will be in contact with neighboring developers directly to discuss a course of action.

It is clear that major shifts must take place, including:

* Improving and growing the Board of Directors (which is appointed by County Council) to include members with significant expertise in governance, finances, and low-income housing

* Creating a short and long-term plan for the Manor to improve living conditions for all by bringing in partners with synergistic skill sets and other organizations to support the effort

* Working with developers to support and fund mitigation efforts around in the increased rodent infestation as a result of construction

* Creating a “Friends of JFM” working group with friends at BoomTownROI and The Charleston Promise Neighborhood to advocate WITH the residents and staff to achieve more liveable conditions for all. This group meets Wednesday afternoons via Zoom (full details below)

Charleston County Council met this past Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30pm and accepted statements from citizens regarding Joseph Floyd Manor. Enough Pie and BoomTown! representatives were present at this meeting and presented tangible recommendations to council members. We invite you to become more involved in this issue -- working WITH residents & staff to co-create the Joseph Floyd Manor that is livable for all, without increasing rents or removing residents from their home long-term.

Do you have skills in low-income housing, finance, and governance and would like to be considered for this board? Please email us at ASAP to learn more.

If you want to get involved FRIENDS OF JFM, join our weekly ZOOM call on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 PM to work on short and long-term solutions for better living conditions with the residents of Joseph Floyd Manor. We encourage you to join as you can and share the details with folks who may be interested. The ZOOM information is below:

Meeting ID: 842 1981 3219
Password: 057488
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The Shifa Clinic is looking for drivers to take food boxes to people in need (including our community buddies at Joseph Floyd Manor and Brighton Place). Right now, they are only able to offer these food boxes for pick-up due to a shortage of volunteers willing to conduct deliveries. If you have the time to spare, please sign up HERE to help get food to our community members in need. Here's a testimonial from a Community Buddy System volunteer who has been making deliveries to her buddies:

"The people at Shifa Clinic are lovely! I want to shout out a BIG THANK YOU to them for all they are doing and have done for our community. I volunteered there helping to pack the food deliveries for the volunteers to pick up back when this all started. I have 6 elders that I “buddy” with at Brighton Place. I have developed loving relationships with many of these elder buddies and have found the connection with them enriches my life. When these elders need something I try my best to be of help and let them know they can count on me. I have gone back to work but will continue to support my elders the best that I am able. I encourage anyone who can volunteer to do so. The Shifa Clinic needs volunteers to pack and deliver the food to our community." - Jenifer M.

If you know an elder or vulnerable person experiencing food insecurity who could benefit from receiving from these boxes, they can sign up (or you can sign up on their behalf if they do not have access to Internet) by clicking this link HERE.

Our IN BLOOM: Fresh Fruits & Veggies distributions at Bridgeview Village and Rosemont over the last couple weeks have been a hit! At each distribution, we gave away 75 boxes of fresh, locally grown produce from GrowFood Carolina (thanks to USDA) to our neighbors in the Upper Peninsula. Community members took home locally grown kale, green onions, blueberries, peaches, and more, along with recipe cards featuring tasty ideas of ways to creatively cook with the contents of the box.

Check out these recipes for a yummy Berry Blast Smoothie and refreshing Simple Vegan Coleslaw, crafted by our friend and nutritionist, Wibi from Art and Remedies Wellness and her partner, Dr. O, a long-time EP collaborator. Wibi used fresh, local produce supplied by GrowFood Carolina to make these sweet, healthy, and delicious treats for residents during IN BLOOM: Fresh Fruits & Veggies distributions.

On Friday, May 22nd, we distributed the remainder of our reusable cloth face masks crafted by EP Mask Makers (thank you again sewers!!) for our 1,000 Masks by May Day initiative, and shared print-outs of pages from our forthcoming coloring book, IN BLOOM: Awakening Vivian Moultrie Park, with kiddos. Thank you, The Charleston Promise Neighborhood, for bringing over 70 rolls of toilet paper to share with residents, too!
Click the image above to view the complete PDF! Thank you to local artist and designer Sean Gallagher for designing this beautiful coloring book.

We've been leading an effort to paint vibrant botanical murals beneath the I-26 underpass entry to Charleston, SC. As the project, slated for Spring 2020, paused due to quarantine, the artists have come together to re-envision the project into a community coloring book featuring SC native plants and their pollinators. This is a partnership between local artists, Enough Pie, and the City of Charleston’s Department of Recreation with funding support from The Post & Courier Foundation; special thank you to Underpass Artist Rosemary Dillon, who programs the arts for the City of Charleston’s Recreation Department and suggested the idea.

Enough Pie and artists have created IN BLOOM: Awakening Vivian Moultrie Park Coloring Book featuring some of the mural concepts for Vivian Moultrie Park for kids to color while they are out of school. Each artist that participated in the coloring book project received a stipend.

Along with an online PDF version (which anyone is free to print and color) 1,000 copies of the full coloring book will be printed thanks to support from The Post & Courier Foundation and an anonymous donor, and distributed throughout the Upper Peninsula in early June. And once again, thank you to Charleston Promise Neighborhood for providing 500 boxes of crayons for the youth of Bridgeview Village.

Throughout the summer, we will be hosting bi-weekly garden workdays (mindful of physical distancing) to tend the garden - we hope you will join us! | | 843-972-3253
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