As individuals and as a company, we at VOZ are unequivocally standing with the Black community to demand their equality, justice, and safety. The mission of VOZ has always been to honor and respect the VOICES of marginalized communities and their art forms through generating economic opportunities for diverse creators. We stand in solidarity with those fighting against racism, police brutality, and the injustices experienced within the Black community. We are in action and continuously learning how to do our part in the fight.
Here are the actions we are taking:
1. Throughout June, VOZ will match your donation to the following organizations and nonprofits, up to 10% of our sales. You can make a donation through our website at checkout or send us a previous receipt to match the amount to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Lives Matter
When We All Vote
Equal Justice Initiative
Emergency Release Fund
Reclaim The Block
2. Come Summer 2020, we will be adding new designers to our VOZ Sanctuary platform who promote sustainable and artisanal practices. We are allocating 20% of our 3rd party vendor budget to purchase from Black artisans, designers, and Black-owned brands.
3. VOZ is prioritizing Black talent for upcoming positions on our NYC team. If you or someone you know is interested in joining VOZ, please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
4. The VOZ team, Board of Directors, and HR consultants are working to define a tangible human resources policies to ensure racial balance and equal opportunity at VOZ.
5. We will continue and expand our efforts to feature, credit, and celebrate Black talent and Black cultural leaders in our social media, editorial campaigns, and on our #VOZwomen and #VOZman storytelling platform.
The work does not end here. As a Benefit Corporation, we remain vigilant, open to information and correction, and dedicated to take these and ongoing steps towards racial equality in the sustainable fashion industry every day.
Jasmine Étoile Aarons
Che, or “people” in Mapudungun, is the Mapuche symbol for “people of the Earth.” Each inner central diamond represents a different Mapu or “community of people.” The smaller diamonds are added into one larger overarching diamond illustrating that all disparate communities are united as one humanity. In this depiction, the cluster of solid diamonds on either side of the central rhomboid represent the sacred plant medicine of the Anümka. This suggests that we as unified people are sustained and nurtured by Mother Earth.