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Black Lives Matter    

Black Lives Matter

ARTWORK BY STUFFGRACEMADE

A MESSAGE FROM MADHAPPY

We have spent a lot of time as a team trying to comprehend the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and the broader inequality and systematic racism evident in our country. It is hard to know what to say. As individuals - we are overcome with emotion. Pain, anger, sadness, confusion. As a brand that preaches optimism - we have found it difficult to remain optimistic in this situation.

It is easier to not speak up in uncomfortable situations when it is hard to find the right words. But for us, some words are better than none. As a brand with a platform trying our best to create conversation around mental health; it is critically important for us to stand up to the injustice around us and be there to support the Black community. As human beings, we must be outraged by this and we must act. Speak your mind, protest peacefully, and refuse to stand idly by as we witness violent acts of racism in our country everyday.

It is okay to not feel okay. If you want to cry, cry. If you want to scream, scream. Just know that when you feel overcome with your emotion, you are not alone. Support each other. Be there for each other. And listen to those that need to be heard the most.

It is hard to find a reason to be optimistic, but in the words of Killer Mike, "I hope we find a way out of it, because I don't have the answers, but I do know: we must plot, we must plan, we must strategize, we must organize, and mobilize." We will be sharing ways that we are getting involved and encourage you to join us in building a brighter future.

ARTWORK BY BROOBS
ARTWORK BY BROOBS
ARTWORK BY BROOBS

FOR OUR BLACK BROTHERS & SISTERS: 5 SELF CARE TIPS TO NAVIGATE TRAUMATIC EVENTS

  • Affinity Group. Gather safely with those similar to you to process, unpack, grieve, breathe, feel, without having to apologize for being triggered or hurt. It is not your job to educate others while trying to rehab your own wounds. Check in with community.
  • Art. Read. Write. Listen. Sing. Draw. Art is extremely therapeutic. It can be a very effective way to process.
  • Do nothing. Take time to collect your inner peace.
  • Log off. Get off social media when you feel you need to. Replaying and reposting can be activating or re-traumatizing. Unplugging can control what you let in. Give yourself permission to log off.
  • Feel. Your reaction, whatever it is, is your reaction. You have every right to be tired, angry, frustrated, terrified, sad, scared, numb, etc. Rage if you must. Let rage visit but do not stay in your rage. Share your emotions with others.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY

FOR ALLIES & WHITE FOLKS: HOW TO BE ALLY

  • Donate to black led organizations and bail funds
  • Protest. Putting your body into protest spaces changes the rhetoric from 'Black people are angry' to 'people are angry'
  • Call out racist language, actions, attitudes, and behaviors of people around you
  • Call, email, text city and government officials. Sign up for petitions.
  • Start conversations with other white friends and talk to them about what is going on
  • Be informed. Debate the issue. Don't be afraid to be opinionated
  • Stay educated. Read from Black authors, read from Black perspectives. It is not your Black friends jobs to educate you. It is your job to educate yourself.
  • Understand that when you are talking to your Black friends right now that without mentioning what is going on first is insensitive. Give them the space to talk and show them you are with them.
ARTWORK BY NIKKOLAS SMITH
ARTWORK BY NIKKOLAS SMITH
ARTWORK BY NIKKOLAS SMITH

ORGANIZATIONS TO DONATE TO:

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO PROTEST:

  • Wear black head-to-toe and please continue to wear masks. Black folks are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Show support but continue to protect them from the virus as well.
  • Wear comfortable footwear.
  • Pad your dominant forearm to absorb baton blows.
  • White folks place yourself between Black folks and cops.
  • Bring extra medical supplies and assist in whatever way appropriate when you see someone who needs medical assistance.
  • Call for a medic with both arms crossed over your head.
  • In the event that chemical irritants are deployed, wash eyes with cold water. Hot water by any means will open your pores and cause more pain.
  • Do not wear contacts if you can help it/wear eye protection.
  • After the action, check in with medics. Show them care and emotional support.
  • Tear gas canisters will burn a naked hand.
  • Stay mobile. Avoid being cornered. Concussion grenades are meant to rattle and disorient you. Stay vigilant.
  • Never turn your back to an attacker, do not run.
  • Constantly scan outside the crowd.
  • Leave no one behind.
  • In the event that trans/nonbinary folks are arrested or detained, cis people must go to jail with them. Never let them go alone.
  • This also applies to white people when Black people are arrested. We protect the most marginalized in our ranks.
  • Do not talk to the cops.

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