This 'In Solidarity' Design was created by artist Latasha Dunston. Proceeds from the sale of this Kula will be given equally to the artist and to The Land and Story Project. The original release of this Kula in June 2020 raised $20,000 for the following organizations:
15% to In Solidarity Project, Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge - The Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge pairs leading outdoor brands in one-on-one relationships with inclusion advocates to advance representation for people of color across the industry. We're focused on enhancing representation across staff and executive teams, media and marketing, and athletes/ambassadors. By building a relationship of support, empathy and understanding, versus external skepticism and internal stress, we’re moving the outdoor industry towards authentic inclusion.
15% to the artist, Latasha Dunston who has chosen to redirect her funds to Black Lives Matters DC.
The remainder to be split equally between the following organizations:
Girl Ventures - inspires girls to lead through outdoor adventure, inner discovery, and collective action.
Get Out Stay Out/Vamos Afuera - a grassroots, Central Coast nonprofit, that invites Indigenous Migrant youth to run, play, and discover themselves in the natural environment.
Camp Founder Girls - the first ever summer overnight camp for black girls provides an immersive week-long overnight camp centered on bravery, confidence, creativity, and strength.
Native Women's Wilderness - To inspire and raise the voices of Native Women in the Outdoor Realm. To encourage a healthy lifestyle grounded in the Wilderness. To educate Natives and non-Natives on the rich beauty and heritage of the Ancestral Lands beneath our feet.
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About 'In Solidarity' and the artist, Latasha Dunston:
"When I was creating this artwork I was feeling a real need for community. Though all of our individual pain and suffering may differ, we are all on this planet together and need to work together to protect it and ourselves. I wanted to represent multiple skin tones within the solidarity fist showcasing unity. I also wanted to show a variety of foliage from around the country because like plants we are diverse, beautiful, necessary elements. I hope that people see themselves in this design and feel the need of urgency to stand up for what is right. I hope that we can really make a difference by investing in these organizations that are doing the ground work of changing the narrative of what it means to be a minority who exists in the outdoors."
About the Land and Story Project:
The Land & Story Project is a journey to connect in a divided time by listening to the land, ourselves, and each other.Can you feel it? The growing dissonance, distance, and disorientation of the moment? Us too. We know there’s a better way, but what is it?
We're a small, committed group of artists, activists, and change-makers traveling across the US, asking that question to listen for the answer. We listen to people of all walks of life, to the land of this nation, and take steps to close the growing distance between us.