Black Lives Matter

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Although recent events have fueled the current outburst of protests… The fight for racial justice is not new. This is happening. This has been happening. Although we do not encourage destruction of property, we understand that there is a need to be seen. To be heard. Sometimes there is a need to go to these lengths, because peaceful wasn’t working.

If riots and destruction of property make you frustrated, uncomfortable, outraged, then we hope you have that same level of energy directed at the oppression and injustices occurring against the black community every single day.

Standing against racial prejudice is not an attack on anybody's rights, it is a fight for everybody to be treated equally. For black lives to stop being disproportionately affected by racial biases, injustices, racial profiling and countless other factors resulting from deep rooted racism in our justice system and society.

Black culture has helped build and shape streetwear culture since its conception. As a company who consumes that and is influenced by that, it is our duty and honor to stand in solidarity. Also, as a company with a large white following, it would be unjust and negligent to not strongly speak up on this matter.

We have just released the 'Unity Tee' on our website, in collaboration with local STL artist, Frank Anthony. The tee features artwork by Frank, and portrays a strong message. All races must come together to fight these injustices against our black community, to fight for equality. 100% of profits from all sales of this tee will be donated to Black Lives Matter. You can find more information on the BLM movement here.

The conversations surrounding these issues can be uncomfortable for white people. They should be uncomfortable. We will never understand the suffering our black community faces, but we can educate ourselves, stand up in support, speak out, and take action. It may feel easy to turn away and avoid this discomfort, but people in the black community don’t have the luxury of ignoring anything. They live and breathe it. It’s our job to use our privilege to help break down these barriers they are faced with.

Below is also a list of resources on how to take action, how to provide support, how to educate yourself on these issues, as well as a list of local STL black owned businesses which we highly encourage you to support. If you know of any other black owned businesses in STL we can add to this list, please email firth@archapparel.com or DM us on Instagram @archapparelstl

Much love, Arch Team.

 

Resources:

 

Support/Donate:

ArchCity Defenders
is a nonprofit civil rights law firm focusing on poor people and people of color it feels are exploited by the municipal court system in St. Louis, Missouri, through direct services and impact litigation.

Forward through Ferguson
A catalyst for the uncomfortable conversations, alignment, and empathy needed to move our region forward toward positive change and racial equity.

Action St. Louis
A grassroots racial justice organization that seeks to build political power for Black communities in the St. Louis region. Action St. Louis builds campaigns that leverages organizing, communications, advocacy and direct action to mitigate harm against our community while fighting for long term transformation.

NAACP
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

Missouri Black Protester Relief Fund (KC/STL)
The Missouri Black Protester Relief Fund is intended to provide support for Black/African people detained by police during peaceful protests and supply essential medical plus food supplies.

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter is an international human rights movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.

Compilation of Resources
Rolling Stones compiled a list of links to bail funds, legal aid, and other organizations working to help activists seeking justice for George Floyd and other victims of police violence

Campaign Zero
Identifying solutions, providing research & data to organizers and policymakers, advocating to end police violence nationwide.

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

Organization for Black Struggle

A group of veteran activists, students, union organizers and community members in St. Louis who are seeking to address the needs and issues of the Black working-class.

Education:

Books: How to Be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi

Compilation of resources from blacklivesmatters.carrd.co

Critical Conversations: Dr. Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility and Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism


75 Things White People can do for Racial Justice

Article discussing how transgender women of color are being disporportionaltely targeted in violent hate crimes.

How white people can hold each other accountable to stop institutional racism

Racism 101: Understanding race and racism

Dismantling racism analysis tools

For the Culture STL
(Resource of black owned businesses in STL)


Petitions:


Justice for George Floyd petition, donation and call list.

Justice for Breonna Taylor Petition

National Action Against Police Brutality petition

 

Local Black Owned STL Businesses

Eye See Me - African American Children’s Bookstore
6951 Olive Blvd, University City, MO 63130

Krab Kingz: 7740 Watson Rd | 5860 Delmar BLVD | 8021 W Florissant Ave | 1334 Central Park Drive

DSquared Bistro

2811 E. Prairie Ave., Jeff-Vander-Lou, St. Louis

Sweet Art

2203 S. 39th Street St. Louis, MO 63110

Cathy's Kitchen

S Florissant Rd, Ferguson

Nephew’s Grille
Downtown 742 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
Berkeley 8624 Frost Ave, St. Louis, MO 63134

La Patisserie Chouquette

1626 Tower Grove Ave. Botanical Heights

Sweetie Pies
Phone: (314) 932-5364
Address: 3643 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

Burger 809

2619 1/2 Cherokee St.

DNA STL
1311 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO. 63103

Olivers Coffee and Flower Shop
7401 Hazel Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143

The Collective STL

Saint Louis Hop Shop

2600 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO 63118

Pharaohs Donuts

202 N 9th St, St. Louis, MO 63101

Valkyrie Fitness

Title Boxing Maplewood

Tucker Nutrition and Training

Chelsea Rene Artistry

Turn STL
3224 Locust St, St. Louis MO. 63103

Musicians/artists/creatives

The Black Rep

Mvstermind

Frank Anthony

Brock Seals

Marquise Knox

Tonina

Keaton Jones/Dorm Room Entertainment

Chief RCG

More ways to support and shop Black-owned:

Black Owned Home Decor : new and established Black-owned home decor brands that you’ll want to shop sooner rather than later!

 

 

 

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