Black Lives Matter
Community is the heart and soul of our co-op
At Outpost, we recognize and accept that there is still much to learn and understand in the ongoing conversation regarding Black Lives Matter, however, we acknowledge that in relation to all lives in our diverse community that Black lives are systematically undervalued simply because of the color of their skin. For a diverse and inclusive community to thrive, as reflected in our mission, we feel it is important to show our peaceful support for Black lives among our employees, our owners and patrons, and all who come to our co-op.
Outside our stores we have installed signs that reflect our support for Black Lives Matter and basic human rights. These are not, nor are they intended to be political, dismissive or divisive statements. They are not intended to call out or target dissenting voices. The support is for Black lives that include our many employees, owners, shoppers and vendors.
Since we have installed these signs, we have been asked by others why we don’t also have signs in support of law enforcement. Like all resilient municipalities, our stores are provided essential services funded through taxes, including a well-trained and dedicated police force who’s sworn duty it is to protect and serve its residents and business partners. We are grateful to the women and men of the Police Department and appreciate their commitment and promise to their community. Black Lives Matter is a human rights issue and our co-op values include social responsibility and caring for others.
Outpost is a place for the community to gather. Whether it’s to shop for food, gain employment, or deliver goods and services, our responsibility is to ensure our stores are places where all people feel welcome, safe and respected. We decry the racial violence and discrimination that hammers down true liberty and equality for us all. We are committed to honest discussions about systemic racism and to listen carefully to those who are impacted. We will continue to join hands with others in our community who share our vision of diversity, inclusiveness, racial equity and justice.
Jacob Blake • Dontre Hamilton • Sylville Smith • Derrick Williams
George Floyd • Breonna Taylor • Ahmaud Arbery
Black Lives Matter
Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
Shop Outpost Vendors
With many terrific local vendors to choose from, our purchasing team has identified all of the suppliers to Outpost that are owned by people of color. Let's go shopping!
Connect with Black Owned Milwaukee Businesses
Co-founded by Paul Wellington and Rick Banks, MKE Black celebrates and promotes Black business, events, culture, and advancement in the greater Milwaukee area. They are a non-profit dedicated to providing a one stop shop for locals and tourists, with information on dining, shopping, culture, resources, and more through their website and app (Android and iOS). They also help Black Businesses by providing funding and resources to thrive. Rick Banks sits on the Outpost Board of Directors