PHOENIX — As protests sweep Arizona and the country, leaders of a Valley nonprofit say there's another way to take action and support the black community.
Local First Arizona is encouraging people to support local black-owned businesses. Executive Director Thomas Barr said several black-owned businesses in the community are seeing overwhelming support.
"All of our partners and local businesses that are black-owned within Local First Arizona are seeing increased attention, increased sales, increased revenue, increased followers on social media. We know people are coming out and want to support them," said Barr.
He said where people invest their money has a great impact.
"We call it voting with your dollars. If you want to have an impact, the only person that controls how you spend your money is you. If you want to support the black community, go out and support black businesses by putting dollars into a black-owned business. It keeps more dollars in the economy and supports that business right here at home," said Barr.
West Alley BBQ in downtown Chandler has seen an increase in sales. On Tuesday, they ran out of food in the afternoon.
"It makes me feel good because I know they like my food," said Pit Master Jim Dandy.
Stephen Jones, the owner and executive chef of The larder + the delta in downtown Phoenix, said it's good to support all local businesses. But now, going to black-owned businesses sends a positive message.
"For those who don't know what to do...it's that nonverbal way of saying 'I understand what you're going through. I'm here with you.' It's that non-verbal hug," he said.
Local First Arizona has resources on how to support the black community with your dollars.
For a list of black-owned restaurants in the Phoenix-area, CLICK HERE.