staying true to this shop's original mission, 20% of all profits will be donated each month to an organization with supports BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
this page will be updated at the beginning of each month with info about the new organization, and at the end of each month with a donation total!
Dec ‘20 - Jan ‘21: Emergency Release Fund $161.39
- the emergency release fund is a NYC based, LGBTQ+ focused non-profit providing bail relief to transgender people forced into incarceration before trial. “Trans people face dramatically elevated risk of harm or death in pre-trial detention” and “are disproportionately victimized by the bail system.” the emergency release fund was created in 2019 by Martin Kaminer after the tragic death of Layleen Polanco - a trans woman who died in solitary confinement while awaiting trial at Rikers Island after being unable to post a $500 cash bond. the ERF also works to educate on legal proceedings, bail documentation, and the complicated steps of bail processing. they also provide access to safe housing, social services, and more.
Feb ‘20 - Mar ‘21: Kaleidospace $75
- KALEIDOSPACE is a local “queens-based collective focused on the intersection of art, activism, and community.” founder and director Manuela Agudelo and i met on the set of a commercial project in the fall of 2020. I was instantly blown away by her undying love for her community and her creative ingenuity. along side founding members Sunny Roberts, Karen Lopez, Joshua Castillo, and Mark Saldana, KALEIDOSPACE is dedicated to creating “platforms for Black and Brown creatives to bring their talents to our community by providing spaces for education and cathartic healing.”
April ‘20: Red Canary Song $75
- in light of the recent tragedy in Atlanta and the daily attacks across the country, it felt irresponsible not to send support to theAAPI community during this time. with this in mind, i have chosen Red Canary Song as the donation recipient for the month of april. Red Canary Song is a grassroots collective based in flushing, queens which focuses on the aid, advocacy, and protection of migrant workers and sex workers in Asian communities. RCS was founded in november of 2018 in response to the unjust death of Yang Song during a police raid in 2017. since then they have continuously fought for the deescalation of policing in these areas and industries as well as standardized labor rights for all workers regardless of immigration status.
May ‘20: India COVID-19 Relief $289
in the past few months, India has seen a COVID-19 crisis that is unparalleled to anything we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic. their medical infrastructure is crumbling, the people are barely holding on, and they are in need of immediate resources. so for the month of may we decided to do things a little differently. we chose to give to different organization at the end of each week for a total of *4* separate donations.
Global Rights Organization
- week 1 we gave $50 to the Global Rights Organization run by Dr Yoga Sreelesh Nambiar, the first transgender person in India to receive a PhD in mental health. amongst many other mutual aid programs and services, the GRO is currently proving groceries, living essentials, and medical aid to trans and HIV positive people in India who are disproportionately being affected by the crisis.
SETU: Center forSocial Knowledge and Action
- week 2 we donated $60 to Setu, a non-profit organization in western India. “Setu’s efforts are centred around issues of equity and justice, the primacy of local knowledge traditions and community control over natural resources.” Setu is funding an oxygen plant to source 15 oxygen concentrators and medical aid.
Help Nagaland Breathe
- week 3 we gave $79 to Help Nagaland Breathe, a medical aid collective run by volunteers from all over the world. their main initiatives are the procurement and distribution of medical supplies and humanitarian aid to villages experiencing vast medical inadequacies. they work in collaboration with local government and certified NGOs to provide equitable distribution to these areas.
- in our last week we donated $100 to Sangama, ” a sexual minorities, sex workers and people living HIV human rights organization for individuals oppressed due to their sexual preference.” Sangama is providing meal kits and economic support to these workers and people groups to help them survive the neglect they are facing during the COVID crisis.
June ‘20: The Stonewall Protests $200
- in celebration of pride month we are giving to The Stonewall Protests - a coalition of “Black Queer and Black Trans Activists centered on the Acknowledgment of All Black Life.” doing work through weekly protests, community gatherings, and countless mutual aid programs, they constantly demonstrate a loyalty to the protection and growth of their queer family. they are currently raising funds for a community store front, transportation vans, and one year anniversary mutual aid project. this black trans led organization based here in nyc represents everything the origins of the gay rights movement stood for and further shows that black trans women have always been and always will be at the heart of queer liberation.
July & August ‘20: Afghanaid $80
- responding to the recent tragedies in Afghanistan we allocated our donations from July and August to Afghanaid, a British humanitarian organization. Their main goals are to “build basic services, improve livelihoods, strengthen the rights of women and children, help communities protect against natural disasters and adapt to climate change, and respond to humanitarian emergencies.” Working closely with locals they strive to give Afghans a “voice in their own development” and make them active collaborators in the on going work of the organization.