Vielmetter Los Angeles stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and with those protesting against police brutality, white supremacy, injustice and racism. The gallery is taking time to listen, learn and take action. Our team is committing to implement long term strategies to effect change, both within the gallery and within our larger community.
As part of a year-long commitment to supporting organizations that are doing this critical work, we will highlight an organization each month, and pledge a donation of $1000. For this month we are highlighting Critical Resistance (CR). 'Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.'
We will announce the next organization we are supporting on October 15th.
Critical Resistance: http://criticalresistance.org/donate/ways-to-give/
June 15, 2020: Black Trans Advocacy Coalition
July 15, 2020: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
August 15, 2020: National Police Accountability Project
We would also like to thank everyone who has made contributions in support of Paul Mpagi Sepuya's Solidarity Print. As of July 25, 2020 more than $214,688 has been donated directly to organizations the artist selected to support.
Please also check out Edgar Arceneaux's BLM Defund Convening with Patrisse Cullors