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A Chocolate Tasting Fundraiser for Collective Diaspora

Help build a movement! Join us for a chocolate evening of the senses at ChocoBar Cortes in the Bronx! Drink wine and sample fine chocolates by the Cross Atlantic Chocolate Collective, a Pan African cooperative of Black cocoa growers and chocolate makers.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC-05:00)


Join us for an in-person evening of the senses at ChocoBar Cortes in the Bronx! We'll be sampling chocolates made by the Cross Atlantic Chocolate Collective, a Pan African cooperative of Black cocoa growers and chocolate makers from across Africa, the Caribbean, and the US. Learn from Cross Atlantic Chocolate Collective's co-founder, convener, and veteran cocoa farmer and chocolatier Gillian Goddard, how this co-op is moving to decolonize the chocolate industry. Enjoy great chocolate and wine in a beautiful chocolate-themed Caribbean restaurant in the Bronx.

All proceeds will support Collective Diaspora, a growing global community of Black cooperatives and Black-led cooperative support organizations across the African diaspora. Whether it's amplifying existing Black co-ops, creating networks of Black technical assistance providers, providing support to Black cooperative startups, mapping Black co-ops, or sharing Black co-op news and resources, we're building the infrastructure for a global movement of Black co-ops. We're out to connect Black solidarity economies everywhere.

Join us!



The Cross Atlantic Chocolate Collective is a cooperative of Black cocoa farmers and chocolate makers in 13 countries from Africa to the Caribbean to the US. Their goal is to decolonize the chocolate industry.

They formed to teach each other processing methods, market together, and share equipment in order to keep profits in the Black communities where they originated and break the hold that European and US chocolate multinationals have over small cocoa farmers.

At the start of 2022, just a few months into the Cross-Atlantic Chocolate Collective's membership meetings, Collective Diaspora was able to help bring Cross Atlantic's co-founder and convener, Gillian Goddard, to the US to participate in a March 2022 convening of Black cooperatives organized by the Baltimore-based Network for Developing Conscious Communities.

During that trip Gillian recruited US-based Black cooperators eager to learn the art of making chocolate into the Collective and made presentations before Equal Exchange, the US-based worker-owned distributor of fair trade chocolate and other products.

We made it a point to help amplify their work beyond Gillian's trip by featuring the Cross Atlantic Chocolate Collective as the first Black co-op to be featured on our inaugural Black Co-ops for Change webinar series profiling Black cooperatives.

And of course we made sure to shine a light on them on social media in the months before and after. Those efforts helped fuel the buzz that led to more meetings with Equal Exchange, resulting in the Collective's first large order - for 18,000 beautifully packaged chocolate bars for sale on Equal Exchange's platform - all processed, packaged, and delivered by a Black cooperative with products from Malawi, St Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad, Nigeria, and Ghana. 

That kind of support...believing in, facilitating networks, amplifying, and connecting to resources...that's what Collective Diaspora is about. 


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from A Chocolate Tasting Fundraiser for Collective Diaspora

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Chocolate Tasting Begins in 6 Hours!

Happy Wednesday folks. We're just six hours away from seeing each other at ChocoBar Cortes in the Bronx. Gillian Goddard of the Cross Atlantic Chocolate Collective just arrived in NYC from Trinidad with plenty of chocolates from the collect...
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Published on September 6, 2023 by Omar Freilla


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Today’s balance

$1,109.23 USD

Total raised

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