Every month Allen Rae Vintage is donating 10% of sales to an organization fighting for systemic change. Below you will find information on the organizations ARV has contributed to.
August 2020: Equal Justice Initiative
For our first month, we decided to donate to the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization founded by Bryan Stevenson, public interest lawyer and author of Just Mercy. The EJI provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. They provide support to marginalized communities that are otherwise treated unfairly by the legal system. The EJI is actively working for racial equality by pushing for criminal justice reform and educating the public about our nation’s history of racial injustice that has led to today’s threat to the black community - mass incarceration (Equal Justice Initiative, 2020).
September 2020: The Loveland Foundation
The Loveland Foundation was founded by Rachel Cargle, an academic and activist exploring the intersection of race and womanhood. The Loveland Foundation began after a successful birthday fundraiser that evolved into Therapy of Black Women and Girls. The Loveland Foundation provides opportunity and healing that empower and liberate communities of color, particularly on Black women and girls (The Loveland Foundation, 2020).
October 2020: Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition is a grassroots organization run by Returning Citizens who are dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions, and creating a more comprehensive and humane reentry system that will enhance successful reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety (Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, 2020).
November and December 2020: Feeding America
For every dollar donated, Feeding America can provide at least 10 meals to families in need through their network of food banks. Despite the country’s reputation as a good-producing nation, millions of Americans experience hunger and food insecurity, which has only been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Feeding America is making an expansive impact by partnering with a food bank or food pantry in every county in the country. We chose to donate to Feeding America because they provide food programs at the front line of hunger, and work to break the cycle of poverty and food instability (Feeding America, 2020).
January 2021- Get Out Stay Out
Get Out Stay Out/Vamos Afuera is a grassroots organization that provides the space for Indigenous Migrant youth to enjoy, explore, and grow in nature.
“Through equitable and culturally sensitive, outdoor programming GOSO believes the natural environment provides the perfect tools needed for youth to build self-confidence, develop leadership skills, and build community. [GOSO is] committed to increasing diversity and representation for people of color within the outdoor industry, and especially for kids and youth of indigenous backgrounds.” (Get Out Stay Out, 2019)
February 2021- The National Black Justice Coalition
“Since 2003, the National Black Justice Coalition has been America’s leading national civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+, and same gender loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS through coalition building, federal policy change, research, and education. Their mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ+/SGL bias and stigma. NBJC supports Black individuals, families, and communities in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between the movements for racial justice and LGBTQ+/SGL equity” (National Black Justice Coalition, 2021).
March 2021 - Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
Since March 2015, Yemen has been experiencing a war that has severely destroyed or restricted their access to their basic needs, leading to 19 million citizens being food insecure and many being forcefully displaced. The aim of the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation is to make U.S. public and policymakers aware of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as well as support relief and reconstruction efforts, and facilitate campaigns to bring peace to the country. Current projects include: providing food baskets, winter clothing, medicine and medical supplies, school supplies, water filters, and support for families caring for children orphaned by the war.
April 2021- Intersectional Environmentalist
In honor of Earth month, we are donating to Intersectional Environmentalist. IE, founded by Leah Thomas, brings social justice to the forefront of environmentalism. Their intersectional pledge commits to advocacy centering the Black community and amplifying voices that are historically silenced within the environmentalist community. Intersectional Environmentalist promotes the protection of all people and the planet and recognizes the connection between the injustices against the Earth and historically oppressed communities.
May 2021- Stop AAPI Hate
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month, we are donating 10% of sales for the month of May to Stop AAPI Hate. Stop AAPI Hate was created by Asain Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies department at San Francisco State University in response to the xenophobia that has escalated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a reporting center, Stop AAPI Hate tracks and responds to violence in its many forms toward Asain Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout the United States. Their approach recognizes the interconnectedness of other BIPOC identities in the fight against white supremacy and systemic racism (Stop AAPI Hate).
June 2021- For the Gworls
In honor of Pride Month, we are donating 10% of sales for the month of June to For the Gworls. For the Gworls is a trans-led collective that raises money to assist Black trans folks with their rent and gender-affirming surgeries. The monthly party has transformed into a mutual aid group that has raised more than $263,000 for Black trans folks. Throughout the COVID 19 pandemic, FTG has adapted to an online-only model by sharing requests via their Instagram. Their financial support has even expanded to include medical support to cover copays and travel assistance to avoid exposure via public transportation.