While the world is set on fire, we have paused to listen and are processing the horrific injustice of today, and the past 400+ years. As New Yorkers, we experienced firsthand the voices rising on our streets over the last few days. As a team of diverse women, some of us have only lived a fraction of what’s happening, while others more. Now is the time to turn inward to unlearn passivity and uplift Black and Brown voices.
The first step we are taking is to give relief support to those who have advocated for the Black community and have taken action. Each week throughout the month of June, we will donate 10% of sales to an organization that fights for equality + human rights.
Week 1: The Innocence Project, an organization that works to free innocent people from unjust convictions.
Week 2: Brooklyn Bail Fund, which is offering legal aid for peaceful protestors during Brooklyn demonstrations and for immigrants who are detained by ICE
Week 3 + 4: The Audre Lorde Project, an NYC-based organization that offers social services, healthcare, and immigration programs for queer, trans, and gender non-conforming BIPOC in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Our next step is to learn how to empower ourselves to speak up in EVERY instance of racism, every moment of brutality, and to stand up for those who struggle to speak. There’s no singular way to show up, but we know that we cannot stay paralyzed with our own discomfort. Now is the time to use our privilege to amplify and protect Black voices and every person who faces racial injustice in their daily lives.
See below for some resources from leaders we respect on how to be an ally and unlearn silence.