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    As protests continue in all 50 states, several marches have been followed by high-profile incidents of looting with luxury brands as targets. It should be noted that looters and protestors are rarely the same people. Nevertheless, while the costs associated with property damage and lost merchandise are undeniable, the impact of these losses pales when compared to the realities of racially driven violence in America. Since 2019, 1,099 people have lost their lives at the hands of police, with Black people representing 24% of those killed. The percentage is staggering when you consider that Black people only make up 13% of the total population.

So, when a protester scratches out the name @MarcJacobs and replaces it with Sandra Bland (pictured above), it is commentary about what we’ve chosen to value, and it is wise to examine why high fashion is being singled out. Responding to the damage to his New York and L.A. stores, @MarcJacobs posted a much-regrammed quote about the looting. “Never let them convince you that breaking glass or property is violence,” it read. “Hunger is violence; homelessness is violence; war is violence. Property can be replaced; human lives cannot.” Ultimately, in a time of civil unrest and racial injustice, it has never been more critical for brands to be vocal advocates of systemic change. Tap the link in our bio to read more. Written by @okjanelle
    As protests continue in all 50 states, several marches have been followed by high-profile incidents of looting with luxury brands as targets. It should be noted that looters and protestors are rarely the same people. Nevertheless, while the costs associated with property damage and lost merchandise are undeniable, the impact of these losses pales when compared to the realities of racially driven violence in America. Since 2019, 1,099 people have lost their lives at the hands of police, with Black people representing 24% of those killed. The percentage is staggering when you consider that Black people only make up 13% of the total population. So, when a protester scratches out the name @MarcJacobs and replaces it with Sandra Bland (pictured above), it is commentary about what we’ve chosen to value, and it is wise to examine why high fashion is being singled out. Responding to the damage to his New York and L.A. stores, @MarcJacobs posted a much-regrammed quote about the looting. “Never let them convince you that breaking glass or property is violence,” it read. “Hunger is violence; homelessness is violence; war is violence. Property can be replaced; human lives cannot.” Ultimately, in a time of civil unrest and racial injustice, it has never been more critical for brands to be vocal advocates of systemic change. Tap the link in our bio to read more. Written by @okjanelle
    "We have prioritized an economy of violence and terror over an economy of care. While the arrest of Officer Derek Chauvin is a victory for some, we have to push and challenge officials across the country to stop tactics of terror. Support the local organizations that are putting their bodies on the line by getting involved, sharing resources, amplifying their efforts, and donating to the cause. The world is watching and we need you." At the link in our bio, Patrisse Cullors (@osopepatrisse), a Visiting Activist Researcher at the @uscedu, political strategist, cofounder of @blklivesmatter, and chair of @reformlajails, explains why we must defund the police and where to redirect those dollars. 
Photographed by @stefanruizphoto
    "We have prioritized an economy of violence and terror over an economy of care. While the arrest of Officer Derek Chauvin is a victory for some, we have to push and challenge officials across the country to stop tactics of terror. Support the local organizations that are putting their bodies on the line by getting involved, sharing resources, amplifying their efforts, and donating to the cause. The world is watching and we need you." At the link in our bio, Patrisse Cullors (@osopepatrisse), a Visiting Activist Researcher at the @uscedu, political strategist, cofounder of @blklivesmatter, and chair of @reformlajails, explains why we must defund the police and where to redirect those dollars. Photographed by @stefanruizphoto
    If you’re a person that wants to be an ally to the Black community but don't know where to start, tap the link in our bio for @roxannefequiere's recommendations on how you can first take ownership over your assumptions and anti-racist education. Photographed by @edkashi
    If you’re a person that wants to be an ally to the Black community but don't know where to start, tap the link in our bio for @roxannefequiere's recommendations on how you can first take ownership over your assumptions and anti-racist education. Photographed by @edkashi
    "Many white LGBTQ+ people—myself included—have grown up and come out into a world where we have the right to legally marry, serve in the military, and any number of other civil rights, without being forced to reckon with the fact that those rights were hard-won for us by queer activists of color," writes Vogue's @specteremma. "When QPOC are already doing the work of telling white queer people how to be better allies, it is incumbent upon all of us to listen, educate ourselves and carry the message back to our white friends and family: solidarity is no longer enough, if it ever was. If we wish to consider ourselves worthy of the legacy of Johnson, Rivera, Maxine Perkins, Audre Lorde and countless other people of color who fought for queer liberation, we must do the work: whether that's donating to anti-racist causes, lobbying our elected officials to reallocate police funding to social services, showing up at protests to put our bodies between black and brown protestors and the police, or any number of other actions. The scene at Stonewall on Tuesday ably demonstrated that the struggle is ongoing for queer people of color, and white queer people have assimilated and exempted ourselves long enough: it's past time to take up the fight." Tap the link in our bio to read why #Pride cannot–and must not–exist without anti-racist work. Photographed by @edkashi
    "Many white LGBTQ+ people—myself included—have grown up and come out into a world where we have the right to legally marry, serve in the military, and any number of other civil rights, without being forced to reckon with the fact that those rights were hard-won for us by queer activists of color," writes Vogue's @specteremma. "When QPOC are already doing the work of telling white queer people how to be better allies, it is incumbent upon all of us to listen, educate ourselves and carry the message back to our white friends and family: solidarity is no longer enough, if it ever was. If we wish to consider ourselves worthy of the legacy of Johnson, Rivera, Maxine Perkins, Audre Lorde and countless other people of color who fought for queer liberation, we must do the work: whether that's donating to anti-racist causes, lobbying our elected officials to reallocate police funding to social services, showing up at protests to put our bodies between black and brown protestors and the police, or any number of other actions. The scene at Stonewall on Tuesday ably demonstrated that the struggle is ongoing for queer people of color, and white queer people have assimilated and exempted ourselves long enough: it's past time to take up the fight." Tap the link in our bio to read why #Pride cannot–and must not–exist without anti-racist work. Photographed by @edkashi
    Attorney General Keith Ellison is set to elevate the charges against Derek Chauvin from third-degree murder and manslaughter to second-degree murder. Ellison is also filing new charges against the other three officers at the scene—Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane—with aiding and abetting murder. This escalation of charges comes days after Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz asked Ellison to take over the case, and a week after the first protests over Floyd's death—and racist policing in general—began to break out across the United States. "This is a bittersweet moment for the family of George Floyd," said a joint statement by Floyd's family and their legal team. Floyd's family also thanked protestors in their Wednesday statement, saying, "Find constructive and positive ways to keep the focus and pressure on. Don't let up on your demand for change." Tap the link in our bio to read more.

Above: Two protestors attend the sit-in at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. The sit-in was organized by student-led organizations from local universities and high schools. Photographed by @laylahb
    Attorney General Keith Ellison is set to elevate the charges against Derek Chauvin from third-degree murder and manslaughter to second-degree murder. Ellison is also filing new charges against the other three officers at the scene—Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane—with aiding and abetting murder. This escalation of charges comes days after Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz asked Ellison to take over the case, and a week after the first protests over Floyd's death—and racist policing in general—began to break out across the United States. "This is a bittersweet moment for the family of George Floyd," said a joint statement by Floyd's family and their legal team. Floyd's family also thanked protestors in their Wednesday statement, saying, "Find constructive and positive ways to keep the focus and pressure on. Don't let up on your demand for change." Tap the link in our bio to read more. Above: Two protestors attend the sit-in at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. The sit-in was organized by student-led organizations from local universities and high schools. Photographed by @laylahb
    In addition to on-the-ground work, another way to make your voice heard in supporting the black community is by purchasing your fashion and beauty products from black-owned beauty and fashion brands. “Black people are less likely to have access to capital to fund their businesses, so it’s critical non-POC support them because these purchases can make a major impact on the potential growth,” says @klur.co's Lesley Thornton. “It’s small actions like supporting black owned beauty brands that help level the capitalist playing field for us.” At the link in our bio, we've rounded up 55 black-owned fashion and beauty brands, such as @thebemagugu (pictured above), that you can support now and always. Photographed by @kristinleemoolman, Vogue, May 2020
    In addition to on-the-ground work, another way to make your voice heard in supporting the black community is by purchasing your fashion and beauty products from black-owned beauty and fashion brands. “Black people are less likely to have access to capital to fund their businesses, so it’s critical non-POC support them because these purchases can make a major impact on the potential growth,” says @klur.co's Lesley Thornton. “It’s small actions like supporting black owned beauty brands that help level the capitalist playing field for us.” At the link in our bio, we've rounded up 55 black-owned fashion and beauty brands, such as @thebemagugu (pictured above), that you can support now and always. Photographed by @kristinleemoolman, Vogue, May 2020
    "The only pathway to move forward and stay strong is to be gentle with yourself and become acquainted with your vulnerabilities. For us to be able to do this work constantly and show up, we have to take care of ourselves, and how we do that is so hinged on us being able to have access and tools for self care," says Latham Thomas (@glowmaven), doula and founder of wellness platform @mamaglow. At the link in our bio, we've rounded up twelve Instagram accounts that are working to provide mental health and self-care support for the black community during this time.
    "The only pathway to move forward and stay strong is to be gentle with yourself and become acquainted with your vulnerabilities. For us to be able to do this work constantly and show up, we have to take care of ourselves, and how we do that is so hinged on us being able to have access and tools for self care," says Latham Thomas (@glowmaven), doula and founder of wellness platform @mamaglow. At the link in our bio, we've rounded up twelve Instagram accounts that are working to provide mental health and self-care support for the black community during this time.
    On a day of action and reflection, we spoke to New York Public Advocate @jumaane.williams about his history of protesting and his vision for New York City. "I think it's important to see the complexity of these communities and what they're going through," noted Williams. "Many of them are coming out for the first time since dealing with COVID-19, they're seeing people they know dying at a disproportionate rate. On top of that, you have George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Bell, Sandra Bland: these are drips and drips and drips in a bucket that is, at this point, going to overflow. The mayor is trying to cut the Division of Youth and Community Development by 40%, but keeping the police department almost 100% intact at $6 billion. These are drips and drips and drips." At the link in our bio, you can read the full interview with Williams as well as find more stories from our ongoing coverage published in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We encourage our readers to continue to seek out educational resources and ways they can take action against police brutality and anti-Black violence today and beyond.
    On a day of action and reflection, we spoke to New York Public Advocate @jumaane.williams about his history of protesting and his vision for New York City. "I think it's important to see the complexity of these communities and what they're going through," noted Williams. "Many of them are coming out for the first time since dealing with COVID-19, they're seeing people they know dying at a disproportionate rate. On top of that, you have George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Bell, Sandra Bland: these are drips and drips and drips in a bucket that is, at this point, going to overflow. The mayor is trying to cut the Division of Youth and Community Development by 40%, but keeping the police department almost 100% intact at $6 billion. These are drips and drips and drips." At the link in our bio, you can read the full interview with Williams as well as find more stories from our ongoing coverage published in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We encourage our readers to continue to seek out educational resources and ways they can take action against police brutality and anti-Black violence today and beyond.
    “It’s important that people aren’t afraid to get out there,” says Elena Cohen, president of the National Lawyers Guild. “I think that a lot of the violence we’ve seen lately has really been escalated by police officers, and I think the purpose of that is to intimidate people so they don’t come out and protest: That’s what they want. But if you follow a little bit of common sense, you can really reduce your chances of being arrested—or ensure that you’re simply given a low-level ticket and released immediately. And if you do get arrested, you’ll be in good company—and there’s a lot of people who will have your back.” At the link in our bio, Cohen shares a few simple and practical things can make your experience safer and easier. Photographed by @ari.mejorado at a protest in Los Angeles.
    “It’s important that people aren’t afraid to get out there,” says Elena Cohen, president of the National Lawyers Guild. “I think that a lot of the violence we’ve seen lately has really been escalated by police officers, and I think the purpose of that is to intimidate people so they don’t come out and protest: That’s what they want. But if you follow a little bit of common sense, you can really reduce your chances of being arrested—or ensure that you’re simply given a low-level ticket and released immediately. And if you do get arrested, you’ll be in good company—and there’s a lot of people who will have your back.” At the link in our bio, Cohen shares a few simple and practical things can make your experience safer and easier. Photographed by @ari.mejorado at a protest in Los Angeles.
    June 1 marks the beginning of #PrideMonth, and this year the date comes as protests have broken out across America, as #BlackLivesMatter activists fight for social justice and equality. Marsha P. Johnson, pictured above, was an African American transgender women and activist who spearheaded the Stonewall Riots in 1969, a series of violent protests that catalyzed the gay civil rights movement in the United States. "How many years has it taken people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race?" Johnson once said. "I mean how many years does it take people to see that? We’re all in this rat race together!" Today, as we honor #Pride, we also remember that the ongoing fight for equality continues.
    June 1 marks the beginning of #PrideMonth, and this year the date comes as protests have broken out across America, as #BlackLivesMatter activists fight for social justice and equality. Marsha P. Johnson, pictured above, was an African American transgender women and activist who spearheaded the Stonewall Riots in 1969, a series of violent protests that catalyzed the gay civil rights movement in the United States. "How many years has it taken people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race?" Johnson once said. "I mean how many years does it take people to see that? We’re all in this rat race together!" Today, as we honor #Pride, we also remember that the ongoing fight for equality continues.
    Anna Wintour is calling on Joe Biden to choose a woman of color as his VP candidate—and to do it now. “So many of us are saying it, or feeling it: enough.” Tap the link in our bio to read her full editor's letter. #BlackLivesMatter

Above a scene from the protests in Los Angeles on May 27th, 2020
    Anna Wintour is calling on Joe Biden to choose a woman of color as his VP candidate—and to do it now. “So many of us are saying it, or feeling it: enough.” Tap the link in our bio to read her full editor's letter. #BlackLivesMatter Above a scene from the protests in Los Angeles on May 27th, 2020
    As the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer continues to fuel dozens of protests across the country, arrests have been made by the thousands (the New York Times reported 500 in Los Angeles alone). The irony of being arrested while protesting police brutality and a systemically racist power structure is that it often embroils someone in the very system they are demanding be fixed. That is particularly true for people who are unable to make bail. 
In response, a number of organizations have gone into high gear this week helping free incarcerated protesters, most often by paying bail or legal fees. The Minnesota Freedom Fund (@mnfreedomfund), in particular, has raised around $20 million from thousands of donations. The MFF is now directing donors to other local organizations. As a result, and for those who are able, Vogue is recommending 8 local organizations who are still in need of help. Tap the link in our bio for direct links to donate. #BlackLivesMatter
    As the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer continues to fuel dozens of protests across the country, arrests have been made by the thousands (the New York Times reported 500 in Los Angeles alone). The irony of being arrested while protesting police brutality and a systemically racist power structure is that it often embroils someone in the very system they are demanding be fixed. That is particularly true for people who are unable to make bail. In response, a number of organizations have gone into high gear this week helping free incarcerated protesters, most often by paying bail or legal fees. The Minnesota Freedom Fund (@mnfreedomfund), in particular, has raised around $20 million from thousands of donations. The MFF is now directing donors to other local organizations. As a result, and for those who are able, Vogue is recommending 8 local organizations who are still in need of help. Tap the link in our bio for direct links to donate. #BlackLivesMatter
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