Advocacy

Community, inclusivity, and equality have always been at the core of our mission at CLOVE + HALLOW. So in the wake of George Floyd’s death, our team sprung to action. We created an advocacy database to aid those fighting injustice on the frontlines (see below). We donated $3,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. And through July 16th, we will continue to set aside 10% of revenue to donate directly to George Floyd’s family. While we are proud of these efforts, we knew that it was important—vital, actually—to create a long-term partnership with an organization that supports communities of color, rather than allow our fight against social and racial injustice to wax and wane. We took our time researching the most impactful way we could contribute, and today I am excited to announce the details of our ongoing partnerships.

Starting July 1, 2020, we will donate $1 for every order shipped out of our warehouse—including e-commerce, Amazon, retailers, and distributors—to the Loveland Foundation. If you’re not familiar, this is an incredible organization established by Rachel Cargle that focuses on providing mental health services, healing, and opportunity to communities of color, with an emphasis on Black women and girls. The moment we discovered this organization, we knew it was the right fit for us because it aligns perfectly with our existing values: celebrating women, supporting women of color, and shouting the importance of mental health services from the rooftops.

Locally, we are doubling down on our partnership with the Gateway Center, Atlanta’s primary homeless center. Like most major cities, homelessness is a very real issue here, and has only been exacerbated by COVID-19. By donating our time to working Gateway’s donations closet, our money to sponsored meals, and our products to personal grooming events and product donations, we are confident that we can intensify our impact on our local community.

We know that our customers turn to us for resources, guidance, and leadership, and we do not take that responsibility lightly. As such, we’ve created a database of resources. Unlike Instagram stories and feed posts that become irrelevant within 24 hours or a few days, this is an evergreen database that will be updated consistently, shared on our platforms regularly, and hosted on our website in perpetuity.

The focus of this database is to encourage you, yes YOU reading this, to take action beyond a social media post; to take 15 minutes to be more than just a voice in the crowd. We know how easy it is to care, like really and truly care, and still not take actual action. Our hope is that with it clearly laid out before you, you will feel empowered to take action this time.

Below you will find:

  • A database of contact info for political and police leadership in each state plus a pre-crafted template of what to say to each.
  • Tips and techniques for safely and successfully protesting.
  • Organizations to join or donate to.
  • Resources for further education of advocates and allies. 

LEADERSHIP DATABASE

One of the easiest ways to make a real difference is to contact the people who are responsible for local legislation and enforcement of such legislation. We pulled together a database with contact information for your state's governor and primary police chief. To access the database, click here.

Not sure what to say? We get it and we're here to help. Here are two templates of what you can say to your local leadership. Feel free to tweak!

GOVERNORS:

"Hello ______ - 

My name is ______ and I want to communicate my deep discomfort with what happened in Minneapolis. On May 25th it was George Floyd in Minneapolis, but there have been countless abuses of power before him and tomorrow it could be someone right here in our community. I am requesting that you serve as an ally to our underrepresented and oppressed minority communities by prioritizing legislation that elevates them and holds those who violate them fully accountable. We are paying attention, and we are expecting change.

Thank you,

______"

POLICE CHIEFS:

Hello ______ -

My name is ______ and I want to communicate my deep discomfort with what happened in Minneapolis. On May 25th it was George Floyd in Minneapolis, but there have been countless abuses of power before him and tomorrow it could be someone else right here in our community. I'd like to understand what you are doing to educate your officers in order to reduce racial biases and profiling, train on appropriate usage of force, create an environment of accountability, and overall impact your minority communities in positive ways. We are paying attention, and we are expecting change.

Thank you,

______"

HOW TO SAFELY + SUCCESSFULLY PROTEST

TO BRING

  • Cloth mask to protect your breathing as well as facial features from being utilized for unfair profiling/identification.
  • 1 gallon of water and a water bottle with 1 tsp baking soda in it to neutralize any tear gas that may be deployed.
  • Identification.
  • Enough money for emergency food, water, or transportation.
  • An index card with your rights summarized in case you wind up in a tense situation and your mind goes blank (see below "to remember" section).
  • Goggles or sunglasses in case tear gas is deployed.

TO DO

  • Dress appropriately in full body clothing to protect from any irritants that may be sprayed.
  • Avoid any "dangling" items that could be grabbed such as jewelry, neck scarves, ponytails, etc.
  • Avoid contact lenses.
  • Document with video, photos, and notes, but if you post them to the public, make sure to blur the faces or identifying features of other protestors to protect against unfair profiling.
  • Ask for officers' badge #s if any conflict ensues.
  • Remain calm.

TO REMEMBER

  • You have the right to protest.
  • Law enforcement is obligated to allow and facilitate peaceful public protesting.
  • You have the right to peacefully protest without the use of force from police.
  • If you're injured during a protest you have the right to immediate medical attention.
  • If you're arrested, you have the right to know why and access a lawyer/family immediately.
  • You have the right to file a complaint/take legal action if any of the above are violated. 

ORGANIZATIONS TO JOIN AND/OR DONATE TO

  • Color of Change - Color Of Change designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.
  • Equal Justice Initiative - EJI works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality.
  • George Floyd Family Fund - A fundraiser organized by George's brother to help cover the cost of arrangements for George and also the future legal battles that will ensue.
  • The Bail Project - A national nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.
  • The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund - America's top legal firm fighting for racial justiceBlack Lives Matter
  • Campaign Zero - The comprehensive platform of research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.
  • Unicorn Riot - Unicorn Riot is a decentralized, educational non-profit media organization of artists and journalists with the goal of exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

  • Books: White Privilege, Just Mercy, How to Be An Anti-Racist, Stamped from The Beginning, Between The World and Me, White Rage, Heavy: An American Memoir, Sister Outsider, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
  • Podcasts: Seeing White, Code Switch, The Heart: Race Traitor, United States of Anxiety, Pod Save The People
  • Movies/Documentaries: Selma, Freedom Riders, Dark Girls, 13th, Dear White People, When They See Us, If Beale Street Could Talk, Just Mercy