We stand in solidarity with our Black communities and others that have been disenfranchised for far too long. We acknowledge the platform we have and vow to use it from here on out to speak against systemic violence and oppression. We hope to amplify this message with actionable resources for the local community as well as for our international friends and customers.
We have been supporting black artists and black-owned record labels from the beginning by purchasing their music through official distributors and/or direct from independent artists and labels. Our record shop wouldn’t exist without black culture and music that we admire so much. However, we have a lot of learning to do, and we are here to listen.
"Remember: Jazz, blues, rock & roll, funk, soul, R&B, disco, house, and techno came from Black people"
As a start, we raised $276 from our Bandcamp and website sales that we donated to LDF. There's a lot more we can do and we're working on more ways we and our team members can get involved to support the #blacklivesmatter movement moving forward. In the meantime, if you're wanting to do the same thing, please see some of the resources we've collected below:
Consider donating to the following impactful causes:
- Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles
- Los Angeles: People’s City Council Freedom Fund
- White People 4 Black Lives (WP4BL)
- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Defund and rethink policing:
Supporting these groups means ending the militarization of the police, building in community oversight, and eliminating for-profit policing techniques like quota-driven ticketing and civil forfeiture.
Some resources for further education:
- What is Systematic Racism?
- History of Racist US Laws
- Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection
- Educational Resources via Black Lives Matter
Thank you for reading. We'd love to hear your ideas on how you think we can support the #blacklivesmatter movement, promote equality, and work against police violence.
SR Team ✌︎