We hope you and your loved ones all are doing well and staying safe while enjoying the summer.
We have taken some time to be quiet, educate ourselves, and do some research. We at the L.34 Group stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement (ALL Black Lives Matter) and the Latinx community we live in. We stand with the families and people affected by police brutality. Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Andres Guardado, Robert Fuller, Riah Milton, Eric Garner, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Sandra Bland, Layleen Polanco, Michael Brown, and the countless others who lost their lives to police brutality. They should be with us today. No mural or post will ever make that better.
The past several weeks have opened the door to understanding how deeply racism impacts industries, communities, and individuals. The L.34 Group is not exempt from this and we will continue doing the work of educating ourselves and listening to community members.
Additionally, Terry and I are committing to donating 5% of our commissions to the following organizations, round-robin:
LA-Más is a local, northeast Los Angeles (Elysian Valley, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Eagle Rock, Cypress Park, Mt. Washington) nonprofit that fosters inclusive community development by working alongside lower-income, working-class people of color to shape the future of their neighborhoods. Las Mas partners with local residents to implement initiatives that support residents and promote greater social equity.
A New Way of Life
A New Way of Life Reentry Project provides housing, case management, pro bono legal services, advocacy, and leadership development for women rebuilding their lives after prison.
The Advancement Project strategizes with community partners to identify funding, services, and opportunities in our public systems that can be redistributed for more just outcomes for all. The goal is to promote racial equity and build a foundation so that every Californian may strive. 5. The Wall Las Memorias Project
The Wall Las Memorias
The Wall Las Memorias is a community health and wellness organization dedicated to serving Latino, LGBTQ, and other underserved populations through advocacy, education, and building the next generation of leadership.
Black Women for Wellness
Black Women for Wellness is committed to the health and well-being of black women and girls through health education, empowerment, and advocacy
Los Angeles Mutual Aid Network
Community-based aid network helping to distribute necessities (food, clothing, cleaning products, masks) to community members affected by COVID 19.
The Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law
HBCLF connects BIPOC individuals in Los Angeles with free lawyer services. Their mission is to protect victims of domestic violence and improve the well-being of children living in poverty. The center provides free family law assistance and legal education to the poor.
The Okra Project
The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.
With love and gratitude,
Deirdre and Terry
**If you have or know of an organization (there are so many), please reach out to us. We would love to hear from you and would consider donating to your organization.
***Artwork posted with permission from the artist, Ariel Sinha https://www.arielsinhaha.com