We want to thank you to everyone who has called, texted, messaged, and emailed inquiring about the well-being of AMRoC Fab Lab over the past few days of protests in and around University Mall. We are touched by your concern and appreciative of your support. While we are deeply saddened by the destruction and devastation in Uptown, the Fab Lab is currently okay, as are most of the shops inside University Mall. We’re as saddened as anyone with a heart and conscience should be about the death of George Floyd and rampant social injustice in the U.S., but we deeply cherish the University area community and hope that protests continue to insistently but peacefully focus on the need for social justice reform.

The destruction of Champs and Saigon Bay Vietnamese Restaurant is heart wrenching. A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the restaurant – please visit the link to learn more and contribute. 

The University area is home to many locally owned and operated businesses and shops, and organizations like ours that strive to serve the community. Now more than ever we need to take care of each other in Uptown, and throughout Tampa Bay, and to stand together in support of our community and true equity and justice for all our citizens.

If you’d like to have a role in changing the narrative locally or nationally, please visit the nonpartisan Color Of Change website , or some of the other resources listed below, and please take an active part in opportunities at AMRoC and around Tampa to be part of hard but honest and needed conversations about the racial inequality and injustice that leads to the heartache we witnessed the weekend of May 30 and 31, 2020.

Please stay safe, and please take care of each other.

Resources for Dialog and Community Building