6 Products That Support Social Justice

From a bouquet of flowers to art, here are some of the artists and organizations that have created fundraisers for racial justice
Photo by Laurie Shaull/Flickr, near George Floyd's memorial

Lorie Shaull/Flickr

The death of George Floyd is causing people, companies, and organizations around the world to take a stand (or to continue proclaiming their values) about Black Lives Matter. Donations, one-time or through a proceeds model; spotlights on marginalized voices; and plans of action have all been a part of a growing list for people to support the fight for racial justice. Here are just a few artists and organizations who have created products that give back:

Better Together Mpls

Courtesy Urban Ventures

Better Together Mpls

OK, Better Together Mpls is not its own company—it’s more than 20 local businesses including Sota Clothing Co., Sezzle, North Made, and Great Lakes Northern Outfitters who are banding together with the nonprofit Urban Ventures to raise money for Lake Street’s small businesses. With a $30 donation, you can get a Better Together Mpls shirt, but don’t worry. No matter how little or much you donate, 100% goes toward Urban Ventures’ efforts to rebuild Lake Street. bettertogethermpls.org

Faith Blackstone's art of George Floyd
Faith Blackstone next to her illustration of George Floyd at his funeral. One of these tapestries was put on the casket, and Blackstone personally gave the other to the family.

Courtesy Faith Blackstone

FaithBeLovly

On light lavender, the gentle, protective face of George Floyd looks at you. Angel wings arch behind him, and above his head is a halo. Seventeen-year-old Chaska local Faith Blackstone created this portrait based on a photo she saw of Floyd and his daughter, and what began as a simple artist’s tribute became a centerpiece of Floyd’s memorial services and funeral. You can get this image on a shirt, tapestry, print, and more. Ten percent of all proceeds go toward the family’s GoFundMe. redbubble.com

Strength, Power, and Peace Bouquet at Lexington Floral

Courtesy Lexington Floral

Lexington Floral & Boutique

Besides offering up its shop as a site for donation drop-offs and matching financial donations, the Shoreview floral shop has also created a Strength, Power, and Peace bouquet and will give 100% of its proceeds to a social justice organization of your choice: NAACP-Minneapolis, Campaign Zero, Fair Fight, or Reclaim the Block. “Designed with intentionality and symbolism, ‘Strength, Power & Peace’ is intended as a symbol of hope,” reads its online description. “The orchid is a symbol of strength in difficult circumstances. Purple represents power and peace. The clustered design represents solidarity.” lexingtonfloral.com

Be the Change print by Senn and Sons

Courtesy Senn and Sons

Senn & Sons Mpls

Bathed in warm and calming colors, this 8-by-10-inch print reminds you to “Be the Change” (as does its matching mural near the Uptown Theater). One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated: $20 to the Northside Achievement Zone and $20 to Simpson Housing Services. Creative studio Senn & Sons will match any additional donations up to a total of $1,000. sennandsons.com

Floyd Love T-Shirt

Courtesy We.Love

Wear.Love

When North Central University’s created its George Floyd Memorial scholarship, almost a dozen other universities followed suit. Wear.Love, headquartered in Iowa with a remote office in Minneapolis, wanted to encourage this, so its founder William Heathershaw created a Floyd Love shirt whose total net proceeds will be donated to any university-created scholarships made in honor of George Floyd by the end of June. While Heathershaw has hinted that the fundraiser may end on June 30, he says that it has a possibility of continuing a bit into July. wear.love

Black Box Press Studio

Based in Texas, artist Delita Martin has created two limited edition prints that raise money for her Black Box Press Studio – Art as Activism fund. Starting in 2021, the fund hopes to create exhibit opportunities for artists whose work supports change and dialogue around social justice. While obviously Martin isn’t a local, her pieces, “Let Me Breathe” and “Say Our Names” were too beautiful not to share. blackboxpressstudio.com

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