An open letter…
Dear Lacson Ravello Community,
Like most of us, I’m riding a rollercoaster of emotions right now. I don’t know how to best share my thoughts and feelings but I don’t want to stand silently on the sidelines.
The current unrest and Black Lives Matter protests against systemic racism in our country have added a new dimension to our daily lives—a new perspective that makes much of what we do seem comparatively small and unimportant. It is impossible to ignore.
I’m not black. I’m not white. I was born in in the U.S. to Filipino immigrants. While I’m aware that I’ve had the benefits of a privileged upbringing, there have been times when I’ve been made aware of the color of my skin. However, this pales in comparison to what those in the Black community experience every day. It has become increasingly clear that we all have a shared responsibility—regardless of race—to take make positive change.
I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching recently and have been asking myself: How can I contribute in a meaningful way?
As a designer, it has been most natural for me to mobilize through the creative process. It first started with making masks a few weeks ago—the current situation now calls for a new response. I have now produced an assortment of graphic tees that focus on the cities most impacted—Minneapolis, New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Oakland.
100% of the t-shirt proceeds will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund—America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Providing funds to an organization that advocates and defends civil rights feels like a very important piece of the puzzle. It’s our first step in taking a stand in helping others to amplify their voices. After June 15th, we will then contribute 10% of future t-shirt
This is my first step to support change, to help move the needle. Thank you for your ongoing support.