Thanks for considering purchasing this sticker to help fight racial injustice in the United States of America. Here is the statement I wrote on this fundraiser on November 30, 2020:
WHITE PEOPLE DO SOMETHING is a message I received that is inspiring this post and my ask to you to help charities that help Africa Americans on giving Tuesday and beyond. Here’s the quick info: I am selling these “Together!” Stickers I designed for $5 each, and I will donate $1 to three charities listed below for each sale ($3 total each sticker).
While I think many of us are breathing a sigh of relief that we will soon have national leadership that will be a far cry better than what we now for colored communities, let’s be clear that there is a long road to equality for African Americans and all people of color in the United States of America. I was and continue to be troubled by many of the events that occurred the last six months or so: George Floyd was murdered by a white cop. Breonna Taylor was shot down in her home. There is a long list of people who have been on the receiving end of great injustices by police brutality alone – and people of color continue to live without the same privilege I have as a white American.
I am donating $1 each to these charities for each sticker that is purchased:
$1 – Black Lives Matter: Black Lives Matter was formed in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013 and quickly became a national movement to end police brutality. The organization continues to mobilize and amplify national dialogue around state-sanctioned violence.
$1 – Black Alliance For Just Immigration: AJI’s efforts to unite black immigrants and African Americans is extremely crucial to overcoming the current anti-immigrant rhetoric that’s been gaining momentum since President Donald Trump’s campaign. The organization works to ensure social justice and equality for black immigrants.
$1 – NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People):The NAACP is a long standing civil rights organization that works on a broad scale to achieve racial justice for citizens in urban communities.
About the artwork: I am leaning on the raised fist image that has been a long-tine symbol for various revolutionary causes, specifically those who fight fascism. Earth First! used a raised fist image with roots at the base in their publications. That organization at it origins wanted to incite anarchism, sabotage, and general revolution against the machine of our country and world in hopes of creating environmental change. This is where my heart lies, in environmental justice, and I decided long ago that that not much short of a revolution would cause the change we need for the earth and its kin. And so, it’s pretty clear to me on the front of racial justice that we also need a real revolution to cause the change we need. The establishment is too strong for us just to ask for help and hope politicians will solve the problems we have.
And here I sit at my arm chair not knowing what to do. I have known for a long time that while I can be a half-hearted activist, I can’t be a true revolutionary. I am saddened to say, I just don’t have what it takes to give up the freedom I have as an American to contribute to a true revolution. The kind that might separate me from my family, have me institutionalized, or killed. That’s not hyperbole – that’s the reality, and we have seen people lose their lives in recent riots and protests that are the seeds of a real revolution.
So, I am acting on the message I received. I am “doing something”. And I think the only way we can do something for colored communities is to work Together! There’s no way colored people get justice without the help of white people. I am hoping the organizations I am going to can help to that end.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for supporting the causes.