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5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Last month you joined us in honoring Hispanic Heritage Month with some of our squad. Now, join us in celebrating Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Read on for five things you should know about Dia De Los Muertos because Community is Quay: 

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.

 

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2020, REPRESENT: I VOTE FOR...

In honor of National Voter Registration Day, we're making a plan to vote + hope to inspire others to represent this election year. Tell us who you represent for in the comments below and see how you can be prepared to vote.

PREPARED TO VOTE

We've partnered with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to help ensure our squad (and our squad's squad) can make their vote count.

Here are FOUR things can do:

  1. CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION STATUS if you aren't registered yet, do it ASAP—it only takes a couple of minutes. Check your status at vote.org
  2. LEARN ABOUT ABSENTEE VOTING OPTIONS like mail-in + early drop-offs in your state. Learn more at vote.org
  3. COMPLETE + RETURN ABSENTEE BALLOTS EARLY because it's more important than ever to vote early.
  4. PLANNING TO VOTE IN-PERSON? Come prepared with the checklist below.

 

FOR MORE RESOURCES VISIT THE LDF’S VOTER WEBSITE

 

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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: JUNETEENTH

CHRISTINA KANU
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.”
CHRISTINA KANU
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  • Supporting Black-owned businesses

SOME THINGS YOU CAN READ TO EDUCATE YOURSELF

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      THERE IS NO NEUTRAL POSITION ON RACISM

      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.

       

      DONATE WITH US

      EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE https://eji.org/

      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 https://thelovelandfoundation.org/

      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.

      NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND https://www.naacpldf.org/

      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 https://changetherecord.org.au/

      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.

       

      PUBLIC LAND | SACRAMENTO CA
      HOME GOODS + ART
      publiclandstore.com  


      TRAPP HAUS BBQ | PHOENIX, AZ
      FIRST DOWNTOWN BBQ EATERY
      trapphausbbq.com  


      BLACK MEN HEAL | PHILADELPHIA, PA
      MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
      blackmenheal.org  


      THERAPY FOR BLACK GIRLS
      MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
      therapyforblackgirls.com  


      SONSHINE BATH | ATLANTA, GA
      HANDMADE, NATURAL SKINCARE
      sonshinebath.com  


      SAMI MIRO VINTAGE | LOS ANGELES, CA
      ECO-CONSCIOUS FASHION
      samimirovintage.com  


      NENE'S FEMHEALTH | MIAMI, FL
      PLANT-BASED FEMININE CARE
      nenefemhealth.com  


      GOLDE
      SUPERFOOD-RICH WELLNESS + BEAUTY
      golde.co  


      GOURMONADE | SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      SMALL-BATCH LEMONADE
      gourmonade.com  


      BRIGHT BLACK CANDLES
       HAND CRAFTED SCENTED CANDLES
      brightblackcandles.com

       

      BENEATH YOUR MASK
      NON-TOXIC SKIN CARE
      beneathyourmask.com

       

      BEADS BYAREE
      HAND CRAFTED JEWELRY
      beadsbyaree.com

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      BUY ONE. GET ONE. GIVE ONE.
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      BUY ONE. GET ONE. GIVE ONE.

      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:

       
      Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY

      NYU Langone Hospital, New York, NY


      UCLA Health, Los Angeles, CA

      Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, PA

      Methodist Hospital, Omaha, NE

      Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA

      Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, CO,

      Mercy Medical Center, Merced, CA

      Royal Melbourne Hospital ED, Victoria, Australia

      Frankston Hospital, Victoria, Australia

      Cabrini Hospital, Victoria, Australia

      Box Hill Hospital, Victoria, Australia

      Monash Medical Centre, Victoria, Australia

      Brisbane Royal Hospital, Queensland, Australia
       

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       Bec (ICU doc) Jess and Vlad (ICU nurses) Cally (ICU doc)

      Jess(ICU nurse) and Cally (ICU doctor)

      Louise, Nurse

       

       

      Once again, louder for the people in the back—thank you. Together, we are making a difference.

       

      Xx, 

      Quay

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