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Being an Anti-Racist Ally in San Mateo

Lots of folks are educating themselves on how to be an anti-racist - reading books, watching movies, and joining discussion groups. What comes next? What can you do and how can you contribute? Here are some black-led organizations and businesses in San Mateo that you can support with your time and resources!

Volunteer & Donate

formerly African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC)

Since 1995, BACHAC has been working to eliminate health disparities across generations and diverse communities through education and services. They are recruiting volunteers for many areas including:

  • Census Project volunteers make calls and provide help to complete the Census questionnaire (especially seeking Spanish-Speaking volunteers). Also seeking donations of toiletries and gift cards to incentivize folks to complete the Census.

  • The Soul Stroll: The Movement on Oct. 3rd seeking volunteers to support fundraising efforts to keep the BACHAC going for another 25 years!

Former San Mateo Mayor & Boutique Baker & Business Owner
Honorable Claire Mack

If you haven't tasted Claire's Crunch Cakes yet, stop what you're doing and put in an order for a delicious home-made cake, lovingly made from the hands of our very own Honorable Former Mayor of San Mateo Claire Mack - the first and only black San Matean to serve on the City Council. Claire's Crunch Cake is the only black-owned food business in our City.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay, Poetry & Art Contest

Every January, the North Central Neighborhood Association partners with the King Center to host an annual contest for our 6-12 grade students.

NAACP is a member-based organization founded in 1909, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the county. The mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Join or donate today!

Register to Vote & Actually Vote

Vote this November! Vote up and down the ballot. In 2017, only 24% of registered voters actually voted in the City Council and School Board races!

Get involved and support local BIPOC leaders on your City Council and School Board. The election is about 100 days away. We need allies to get out the vote and support diverse local leadership! [Hint: Share this post!]


The SMC Office of Diversity and Equity is dedicated to creatively addressing inequities, disparities and injustice. Read the blog.


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