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Juneteenth is not a celebration of the day Black people were freed from slavery, it's a commemoration of the day the last enslaved population of Galveston, TX found out they had been emancipated.
The Emancipation Proclamation was enacted by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, freeing all enslaved people in the Confederate States if they could make it to Union Army lines. However, word of emancipation had not reached as far as Texas because of minimal Union Army presence.
Nearly 4 million Black people were emancipated at the end of the Civil War in May of 1865, most of whom had parents and grandparents who were born enslaved in the United States.
"SO, AS LANGSTON HUGHES ONCE SAID, ‘WE, TOO, SING AMERICA’ BECAUSE WE BUILT IT.”
Juneteenth is typically observed by partaking in history lessons, festivals, and parties to celebrate those in Galveston, TX who were the last to know they had been freed and the ongoing fight for Black freedom in America.
Black Lives Matter: This Juneteenth is an opportunity for all people to reflect on Black people's contributions to American and world cultures.
SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO TO TAKE ACTION
Stand up against racial injustice.
Donate to a cause dedicated to uplifting the Black community.
The belief that COMMUNITY IS QUAY and that all people—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed—deserve respect, opportunity, and love is central to everything that we do at Quay. We are nothing without the unique, diverse group of individuals internally + externally who have allowed us success over the years. We believe in our inherent duty to spread the Quay vision far + wide through philanthropic and cause programs, and to support causes that amplify and nurture the self-expression, confidence, and wellbeing of our global community.
LBGTQ MENTAL HEALTH
To coincide with to the launch of The Pride Collection, featuring bestselling shapes with mirrored rainbow lenses, Quay is donating $50,000 USD to The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. Quay believes that Pride is a time for celebration, but also a time to reflect on and take action in the fight for social justice for all people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678-678.
We also believe in the power of representation and are committed to expanding diversity in everything that we do. We don’t know the answer to everything, but we are committed to continuing to learn and have honest discussions with our community about how we can amplify black excellence.
More people than ever are feeling the extraordinary strain of food insecurity. Food banks nationally are facing dissipating supply chain + volunteer support during the global pandemic. To coincide with the launch of our QUAY X LIZZO collection, we teamed up with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country, on a Buy One. Get One. Give 100 Meals. campaign. From May 20-25th 2020, together with Lizzo + our community, we donated over one million meals to people struggling with hunger.
*$1 helps to provide at least ten meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.
We shifted a portion of our manufacturing efforts in April 2020 to produce certified medical-grade protective goggles + safety glasses for frontline healthcare workers supporting communities impacted by COVID-19. With the help of our squad, we donated 30,000+ pairs of eyewear with a Buy One, Get One, Give One campaign that donated one pair of eyewear for each purchase.
Our hearts ached as we watched devastating bushfires tear across communities in Australia in January of 2020. We commited to donating 100% of the proceeds from our Australian website on January 4th and, with your support, raised over $60,000 AUD for bushfire relief. Donations went to WIRES Wildlife Rescue + Vinnies.
In August 2019, we launched our Education is Quay campaign. The scholarship program gave ten Quay Squad members the chance to win a $10,000 to pursue their education goals + fuel their dreams. We reviewed thousands of applications from across the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, and in January, awarded each of our ten incredible winners $10,000 USD.
The only way to fight racism is to be actively anti-racist—educate yourself, speak up, donate, take action. There is no neutral position on racism.
We stand in solidarity with the fight against systematic oppression of the black community and are committed to creating visibility into the black experience + ending racial injustice. We believe the only way to fight racism is to be actively anti-racist—educate yourself, speak up, donate, take action.
We are starting with a donation of $50k to organizations that support the fight against racial injustice—and are committed to another $100k before the year ends. See below for a list of the organizations we’re making the first donation to.
We believe in the power of representation and are committed to expanding diversity in everything that we do. We don’t know the answer to everything, but we are committed to continuing to learn and have honest discussions with our community about how we can amplify black excellence.
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
The Loveland Foundation works to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more. Ultimately, they hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities they serve.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is 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. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.
Change the Record is Australia’s only national Aboriginal led justice coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies and non-Indigenous allies. They work to end the incarceration of, and family violence against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
SUPPORT WITH US
Here are some of our favorite black-owned businesses from across the US. This list is just the beginning, as we continue to use our platform to amplify black excellence.
We're all looking for something to believe in. A reason to feel good as hell. Introducing a new collaboration with multi-platinum, award-winning singer, rapper, and truth-teller, Lizzo. A juiced-up collection starting at $55 USD.
To coincide with the launch, we’re teaming up with Lizzo and Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country. From May 20 – 25th, customers can buy any pair, get another pair of their choice for free (cuz we love you), and together we’ll help provide at least 100 meals per purchase—up to one million meals. Want to make a larger donation to Feeding America? Click here to donate directly on their site. QUAY X LIZZO for good.
Inspired by Lizzo's bold, unapologetic style and our team of in-house product designers created the new collection with her as our muse—eight feel-good styles, including new takes on some of our fan-favorite sunnies + blue light glasses, plus a sunnies chain that also works as a necklace or bracelet.
We see Lizzo as an icon of confidence, self-love, and self-expression, which is why we tapped her to be the face of our Confidence is Quay campaign. She speaks her truth and, in doing so, empowers all of us to do the same. Confidence. Self-love. Laughter. We see that.
First + foremost—THANK YOU. Over the past few weeks, we have shifted a portion of our manufacturing efforts to producing certified medical-grade protective goggles + safety glasses for front line healthcare workers. PPE is in short supply globally, and eyewear is what we know best—so this felt like the clear way for us to contribute to the global cause during these unprecedented times.
Community is always Quay for us—so it was important to include + empower you. To distribute as many pairs as possible, we offered a BUY ONE, GET ONE, GIVE ONE program on all of our global Quay sites from April 10th-13th, with each purchase representing an additional eyewear donation. As a result, we are proud to announce a donation of over 30,000 pairs of eyewear to be distributed to front line healthcare workers across the globe, from the US to Australia to Europe. We’re overwhelmed and filled with gratitude by your emphatic support of our effort, and are so grateful for the opportunity to distribute thousands of pairs of goggles + glasses to institutions like:
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