From our resistance a more just future can blossom.
Update: The fundraiser was a success!
In two weeks we sold 160 shirts and raised $2639 for donation. I am currently working on a company matching that will double the total I can distribute to the organizations below. In all this time I have not been able to get in contact with anyone from Black Futures Lab. If someone out there can help me assure their 501c3 status I would appreciate it. Otherwise the funds will be distributed to the other 3 organizations listed below who have communicated with me about their process. Thank you EVERYONE who participated, encouraged and bought shirts for this cause. If you missed the opportunity to get a shirt fill or have interest in other Raised Fist Blossom related products, fill out this form. When I get enough interest, I will do another run, maybe sweatshirts or posters!
Wear Your Support for BIPOC!
The BIPOC community needs social justice and we can help. Bloom for BIPOC is a fundraiser based on the mural Raised Fists Blossom painted on the Oakland Tribune Tower during Black Lives Matter protests in May. By participating in this fundraiser you will raise money and awareness for organizations working to 1) defund the police, 2) meet the immediate needs of the BIPOC community and 3) amplify their voices. Scroll down to learn more about the organizations who will benefit. To participate, purchase a tee with the image of Raised Fists Blossom. Display it proudly and use it as an invitation to courageous conversations about racism. If you are White, learn to be a better ally. To extend your support share this fundraiser with others, here's a flyer!
Pre-orders of the Raised Fists Blossom t-shirt are available through Oaklandish in men's or women's sizes for a limited time!
Download the flyer
Fundraiser proceeds will be shared equally among
the following organizations.
A Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color.
Works with Black people to transform communities, building Black political power and changing the way that power operates—locally, statewide, and nationally.
Working towards a better future for underserved communities in East Oakland with programming in civic engagement and leadership, economic empowerment, and homeless services & solutions.
An Oakland initiative supporting local artists.
You can also donate directly.
Additional Organizations You Can Support
- Black Lives Matter / leading the movement for Black liberation and justice.
- Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee / Offering bail funds to the incarcerated.
- TGI Justice Project / Providing support for the Black, transgender prison community.
- Peoples Breakfast Oakland /Providing food to people in East Oakland. Here's a Forbes article about them.
- SoOakland / Rebuilding Oakland Black Business
- Our Black Market / Hub for Black-Owned businesses.
About the Art
Raised Fists Blossom is a mural painted in response to the killing of George Floyd in solidarity with resulting protests. In developing it, I chose an image rooted in the history of social uprising. The fist of power has been used by labor and civil rights movements going back at least as far as the French Revolution and it has grown to be a symbol in the Black Lives Matter movement. Raised Fists Blossom asserts that when we come together, from the fist of resistance, something more beautiful can blossom. Right now we must all come together and blossom for the black community.
“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”