Why I won't go to Summermoon again.
Of the Eater Austin 38 coffee shops to try in Austin, I’ve been to all but 1…and plans are in the making. I enjoy my brewed beans far more than any other food or beverage, but I do have my limits on what I will tolerate in the name of a delicious latte.
Summermoon, a local roaster and café with a location in South Austin and North Central along Burnet Road, offers a deliciously sweet alternative to the everyday grind of beans and milk. Instead of the status quo, their “moonmilk” house recipe combines sweetener and milk to make a marshmallowy, foamy, latte.
While normally I would end the post here and urge you to enjoy a sugar-high, I can’t.
I haven’t been a patron at Summermoon in quite some time, out of respect for nonprofit courtesy and women’s reproductive rights.
An obvious disclaimer: I’m a career nonprofiteer, and I know all about the tireless work of soliciting in-kind donations and running a successful silent auction. Each donation decline stings a bit, but when prospective donors are cruel, harsh, or dismissive, it is a stab in the heart to the fundraiser and their cause. You don’t have to agree with us, or be passionate about our mission, but please be respectful of the fact that we are doing our job and trying to make a positive difference in the world.
When a nonprofit fundraiser for NARAL reached out to Summermoon, a representative for the cafe drew a comparison between NARAL and the holocaust, chastising the fundraiser and the mission of their organization. It isn't the fact that Summermoon declined the donation request that enrages me (this happens all the time, and it is always the right of a donor to say no), but rather how they crafted a disdainful, politically motivated response that is disingenuous. When was the last time an Austin tech salesman was told his work was akin to genocide?
Fundraisers for in-kind donations are often interns or entry level development staff making tremendous personal sacrifices and earning lower wages in the public sector than they could in the private world. To treat them poorly and call their cause into question while their career choices are malleable is selfish, political, and detrimental to nonprofits throughout Austin.
Until Summermoon’s management can wake up and recognize the transformational impact of our community’s nonprofits and respect the efforts of fundraisers – they won’t get any of my hard earned money.
Nevermind that women’s reproductive health should be between a woman and her doctor.