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UPDATE: Over 70 Charleston Businesses Co-sign Open Letter of Support for HARCC



On Wednesday, February 9th, Charleston City Council will take a final vote on the Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation Commission (HARCC). Since June of 2020, activist groups, small businesses, church groups, local organizations, and community members have spoken out in support of creating the standing Commission.

Now, as a sign of solidarity, over 70 Charleston-area businesses (including Holy City Sinner) across a broad array of industries, including food & bev, creative and professional services, retail, and more, have co-signed an open letter urging City Council to approve the Commission without amendments that would hinder its effectiveness.

You can read the letter and view the list of co-signing businesses below:

We, as a coalition of concerned business owners and community members, strongly urge that the City of Charleston City Council move forward with creating the Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation Commission without amendment. This Commission has the potential to create a lasting and far-reaching impact in rebuilding the City of Charleston now and for generations to come as an actively anti-racist city government that empowers the Black community and other oppressed groups. In addition, for the Commission’s recommendations to be fully realized, efforts to address structural racism must be sustained, funded, and widely adopted across all departments within the city.

Once established, this Commission would be able to further explore and implement the thorough, research-based recommendations compiled by the Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Conciliation throughout 2020 and 2021 – actions that could “achieve racial equity in the community and the mission of eliminating institutionalized racism in the City of Charleston.”

As members of the Charleston business community, we are materially invested in Charleston, and we care deeply about this city and its potential. A standing Commission is a critical step toward a more diverse community, greater economic opportunities, and a better city for all.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Delaying this Commission is denying a more equitable future for Charleston. We stand in support of the Human Affairs & Racial Conciliation Commission and urge Council to approve its creation now.

Co-signed by:

Charleston Black Lives Matter, All Good Industries, Anna Chen Art, Apis Mercantile, Babas, Bar George, Bar Rollins, Berkeley’s, Blue Bicycle Books, Bodega Todo, Bon Banh Mi, Broad Street Bookkeeping, Butcher & Bee, Charleston Activist Network, Charleston Costumes, Chasing Sage, Chubby Fish, D’Allesandro’s, Daps, Distil Union, Eastside Soul Food, Edmund’s Oast, eHouse Studio, Estadio, Faculty Lounge, Fuzzco, Gabrielle Dalemberte, Graft Wine Shop, Guilded Horn, Harken Cafe, Holy City Sinner, Holy City Tattooing Collective, Huriyali, Independent Grounds Coffee, J. Stark, Jackrabbitt Filly, Jahde Leather Atelier, Jeffrey W. Kuykendall- Attorney at Law, KindLoveCreation LLC, Kwei Fei, Last Saint, Lauren Sanchez Design LTD, Life Raft Treats, Little Line Kitchen and Provisions, Lowcountry Local First, Lowlife Bar, Majestic Nails & Spa WestEdge, Mama Ana’s Arepas, Meeting Green, Monarch Wine Merchants, Munkle Brewing Co., Nails So Đẹp!, Nilssen & Nielsen, Now Serving Studio, Park & Grove, Plant Babe, Port City Technical, Portal CHS, Reason One, Renzo, Sarah’s Dumps, Seol Ahs, Shred Season, Sightsee, South Philly Steaks, Still Soul Studio, Styles & Dingle LLC, Sully Sullivan Photography, The Harbinger, The Royal American, Tinted Saga, The Tiny Tassel, Theatre 99, Threads Todisco, Turning Page Bookshop, Verde, Vertical Roots, Welton’s Fine Foods, The Whale Charleston, Wine & Company, YALLFest


  1. John King

    February 9, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you for listing the businesses that have signed the letter of support for the racist, dangerous, and divicive HARCC.

    Now I know what businesses to stay away from.

    • Holy City Sinner

      February 9, 2022 at 5:57 pm


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