Racial injustice is at the heart of all injustice, including and especially climate injustice. We cannot fight for a better planet without fighting for the civil rights of our black and brown communities.
Before the opening of Simple Sundries, Mandy worked for 12 years at IRCO (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization) as the SUN Community School Site Manager at Gilbert Park Elementary in the David Douglas School District. For five of those years she also managed the IRCO Hunger Relief Program which operates school and community food pantries in East Portland. In early 2018, she and her husband bought a home in East Portland.
Discouraged by the limitations that come with non-profit funding, Mandy felt she could better serve the community as a small business owner who is dedicated to the revitalization of our neighborhood and community.
Also pictured: Jay Gerwe, who does most of the heavy lifting. And Dillon the pickle because GO PICKLES!