Justice Grace Vineyards

Taste the Life Within...

Wine and Politics. Wine is Politics.

Justice Grace Vineyards

The naked desire I have to make a direct connection between wine consumers and the activist community is one that, over the years, people often find puzzling. My friends and associates have often dismissed the idea outright as a bad one for business. And I admit, it definitely hasn't helped when I try to partner with some vineyards, restaurants, or retail stores. Potentially alienating your customers or partners (however unintentional) obviously makes the road ahead a more difficult path to navigate.

But my days are frequently filled with the thoughts of inequity and injustice that surround me. My eyes and my heart are simply, wide open. And, just as most winemakers make their own wines in a style that they enjoy drinking themselves, my business has taken shape in the only form that I can live with – that of benefitting others as much as myself. I have other ideas along these lines that I hope to introduce into the business if I can continue to grow...

Every business is an act of politics. It is delusion to think they are separate. It is a clear testimony to the owner's values on social, environmental, economic and even ethical concerns. Whether a business makes these values transparent, or even proudly peacocks them, we now live in an era where all consumers should be mindful of the impact their dollars have on supporting any business, no matter how large or small. Businesses have the largest footprint on the people and planet of this shared Earth, and your choices as a consumer directly influence whether the values of the companies you support spread over greater regions, or end where they began.

Imagine: how powerful would the Koch brothers be, Banks too big to fail, or fast food restaurants like McDonalds (which advises their employees on how to get food stamps in order to support themselves), if no one bought their consumer products, or kept their money in these banks?

As for wine specifically-- it is classified as a “luxury good.” Wine is not a necessity, but a simple pleasure in life to be enjoyed with food, family or friends. Wine consumers tend to have a bit more disposable income, time, and resources available, and this makes them a terrific match for the activist community in dire need of help to further their noble aspirations. It is not only money that can be so helpful to non profits, but also one's time, and one's networking connections.

My intent is to build a multi- directional bridge: raise awareness, resources, perhaps even stimulate some new thoughts and active support, and connect the activist community with the generosity and compassion within the enormous wine consuming public. Makes sense to me, and I hope it does to you as well.

And if not, No worries. The wine is just as alive, authentic, distinctive, and delicious as ever.

Please understand how vitally important your consumer purchases are in creating the world that you desire, and be mindful with every dollar.

Cheers and Best to All, E
 

 

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It is easy to get lost in the forest, esp when the light is so faint. It helps to be mindful of some of the beautiful things to see, even when you thought you were already looking at everything.

The following is an email blast I received from Sarita Gupta, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice. Please support their work, and an affiliate in your community.

Please join us on NOV 17th in SF, to celebrate victories and dedicated public servants who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the many...

 

" After this week’s election, Jobs With Justice is more invested than ever in expanding the ability of working people to negotiate for better workplaces, a more inclusive economy and thriving communities.

Our oxygen is hope and resilience. We exhale fear. We will continue what we always do: organize, movement-build, and unite. We will join hands, pledge our solidarity, and resolve to forge ahead even in this moment of peril and challenge.

We are committed to fighting for a world where every working person has what they need to lead a good life. We are equally committed to fighting against those who don’t share our vision for a just and inclusive society.

Working people and their advocates should not back down from pushing forth a progress agenda that benefits working families. This week, the election results confirmed that our values win, even when candidates who uphold them don’t. Votes were cast in favor of policies that will boost working people’s ability to provide for their families, and also will significantly impact women and people of color. And barriers were broken when voters elected the first Black, Asian and Latina women to the U.S. Senate, while Minnesota elected the first-ever Somali-American female legislator.

Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington approved ballot initiatives to increase their state minimum wages to at least $12. In addition to raising the minimum wage, Arizona and Colorado now will require businesses to provide employees with mandatory paid sick days. Maine and Flagstaff, Arizona made history in joining a growing number of jurisdictions that voted to eliminate a subminimum wage for tipped workers. In San Jose, California, voters approved a ballot measure to require some corporations to provide predictable work schedules. From ballot initiatives in Georgia and Massachusetts, and in local races across the country voters chose to boost and invest in public schools. Working people defeated the anti-union right-to-work initiative in Virginia, and won a campaign finance reform measure in Missouri.

We know there are those who will want to use the election to roll back progress, scapegoat and drive a deeper wedge between immigrants, black and brown Americans, and white Americans. It is more important than ever to combat white supremacy and its impact on our jobs, our communities, our democracy, and our ability to live freely in a peaceful society. We will resist violence, threats, racism, misogyny and senseless deportations that tear families apart.

In these moments of uncertainty, we have to come together across communities, race, religion, gender, age, ability, national origin, sexual orientation, and all of our identities, and stand shoulder to shoulder, stronger.

For the last 30 years many of you have united in solidarity with Jobs With Justice through similar times of uncertainty. You know that this is when your support matters most. To help the millions of working families everywhere who are standing together to advance the well-being of all working people, make a donation today! We welcome and thank you for your support.

Along with our coalitions across the country, we will redouble our efforts to confront injustice and inequality, demand corporations play by the rules, and ensure more of us can earn a fair return on our work. It’s a future worth fighting for.

Onward,

Sarita Gupta
Executive Director
Jobs With Justice"

Jobs with Justice San Francisco

North Bay Jobs with Justice

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Solidarity Wines Label Artist, Ronnie Goodman

Solidarity Wines Label Artist, Ronnie Goodman

Life is a Journey. Through all the momentous ups and downs, "blue-bird" surprises, mindful and not-so-mindful moments, and inexhaustible learning, it is clear that Life is not just a race from one end point to the other, but is a Path. An utterly unique, convoluted,never replicated spiritual odyssey.

There are heightened times on this Path where we stand at a crossroads, or life takes us on an unexpected turn. A little over a year ago, at a San Francisco Living Wage Coalition event, I was so very fortunate to meet a beautiful man, Ronnie Goodman, who seemed to be, not just thrashing the arduous challenges of life, but actually embracing them along the way. Ronnie has a wisdom and thoughtfulness that is remarkable, and as Ivan Vera, director of the Hospitality House recently said in this weekend's SF Chronicle article about Ronnie: "He's got a heart of gold, and he is super talented."

Ronnie Goodman was a relative late-comer to art, but is clearly naturally gifted. He imbues his work with the serpentine energy, life, precision and optimism that cascades out of him. He is fortunate to have studied under another masterful Bay Area artist, Art Hazelwood.

Ronnie's talents, energy and perspective were exactly the perfect mix to create Justice Grace Vineyard's wine label for our upcoming brand, to be announced shortly.

I am grateful to have met Ronnie, and am happy to see him earn the accolades he dearly deserves.

Ronnie and mentor Art Hazelwood have a joint exhibit, "Speaking to the Issues," at the Georgia Museum of Art, from June 13, 2015 through September 13, 2015. William Eiland, director of the museum, writes:

"Two California Bay Area artists, Art Hazelwood and Ronnie Goodman, confront and tackle such present-day realities as homelessness, poverty, war, corruption and violence in their art. Consonant with the exhibition of works from Mexico’s Taller de Gráfica Popular and squarely in its tradition of sociopolitical commentary—and, perhaps most important, populist in theme and medium—the linocuts, woodcuts, etchings and books in this exhibition show two skilled artists fearless in goading viewers from complacency or from indifference to injustice."

Copyright Ronnie Goodman

Copyright Ronnie Goodman