To our BUS STOP Community,
Black lives matter. We are committed to being a part of the most important global human rights movement of our lifetime. We believe in equity for the Black community & stand in solidarity with everyone committed to ending  racism. We're committed to listening, unlearning & reeducating, and taking direct action. Our initial actions include supporting organizations & individuals who are working hard to dismantle systemic racism & changing our business model to support more Black designers, creatives & makers, as we truly believe in creating a healthy, safe, thriving future for all. We will continue to focus our energy & support to help this crucial movement in any way we can. BUS STOP is a place of love & inclusivity for every person regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.
We are aware that the onus is on us to be very clear to the world that we've chosen a side, and we stand with Black Lives Matter…today, tomorrow, and always.
Here are some of the causes we're supporting & have contributed to.
We encourage you to do the same.
Philadelphia Community Bail Fund - https://www.phillybailout.com
Decarcerate PA - https://www.decarceratepa.info
Amistad Law Project - https://amistadlaw.org
Mutual Aid Philly - https://mutualaidphilly.com
The Loveland Foundation - https://thelovelandfoundation.org
Black Men Heal - https://blackmenheal.org
Joseph J Peters Institute - https://jjpi.phmc.org
Beyond The Bars - https://beyondthebarsmusic.org
NAACP Legal Defense Fund - https://www.naacpldf.org/support/other-ways-to-give
BLM Philly - https://www.naacpldf.org/support/other-ways-to-give
GLBL VLLG - https://www.glblvllg.com
George Floyd Memorial Fund - https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
Justice for Breonna Taylor - https://www.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor
Black Girls Smile - https://www.blackgirlssmile.org
From Privilege to Progress -  https://www.gofundme.com/f/from-privilege-to-progress
This week we've supported:
BREONNA TAYLOR'S life mattered! Please honor her life. We signed the petition & donated in her honor.
15PERCENTPLEDGE is calling on major retailers to pledge 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses. Please sign the petition to help them get to 1 million signatures
As well as supporting these organizations, we’re asking you to shop with local & national black-owned business.

Black-owned Bookstores to purchase your anti-racism resources & a plethora of books & novels by Black authors:
*just a few* Black-owned restaurants you can order from right now:
Here are 20 Great Black-Owned Shops & Boutiques in Philadelphia, please show your support by shopping with them!

Black-Owned Businesses That Were Damaged and Looted—How You can Support Them
Sarah Mian's Epic Amazing 100 Black Businesses Resource is inspiring us! Take a peek:
FASHION: @riotswim @omathelabel @salonemonet @coldlaundry @smallneeds @eliavintage @houseofaama @brothervellies @omiwoods @laitdecocostudio @fenoel @__edas @mahnal @localeuropean @cushnie
HOME: @claudehome @greyremedyco @linotodotcom @lollylollyceramics @potterybyosa @nur_ceramics @mudbellyceramics @tracie_hervy @isatuhyde @lichennyc @ekuaceramics @epoquehome @estellecoloredglass @bylianarae
CANDLES: @thekoopnyc @frolicandsage @joeandmonroe @seventhandoak @prettyhonestshop @antiklakay @predominantlyblack @thealexandrawinbush @labotica @unlaxcandles @airincandles @glowcandlebar @secandleco @harlemcandlecompany @theartofbodycare
HEALTH & WELLNESS: @golde @thehoneypotco @peakandvalleyco @cupofteshop @freedom.apothecary @healhaus @blkandgrn @foodheaven @movitaorganics @adjournteahouse @thatschelsea @veganwhat @herbalgods @yasminecheyenne @spicedsugahla
BODY: @flaunt_body @terra_tory @apprentiorganik @lihabeauty @hanahana_beauty @skinbuttr @alaffia @redouxnyc @honeydippedessentials @organicbath @ouithepeople @handmadebykae @alchemybodyshop @bellurelle @bekurabeauty
SKINCARE: @anitagrant @klur.co @betranscendentskin @blackgirlsunscreen @jentl.co @nolaskinsentials @nakedflamingoskin @skinbynequai @gethyperskin @rosenskincare @beneathyourmask @eparaskincare @basebutter @essentialsbytemi @dehiyabeauty
BEAUTY: @thelipbar @patmcgrathreal @pearnova @kncbeauty @propabeauty
HAIR: @briogeo @adwoabeauty @edenbodyworks @mysunday2sunday @eternallyinamber

We also recommend these feeds that offer strong voices & encourage those of you who don’t yet follow them, to check them out.

@aurorajames and her initiative @15percentpledge @helloyowie @greengirlleah⁠ @missjulee @darrenburton @aaronricketts_ @215tayyib @jholmes214 @marjon_carlos @ayanaeliza @ronfinleyhq @awedbymoni @sustainablebk @chasinggarza @kendrik38 @askapoc

This list is not perfectly complete, and as we evolve with learning and constructive insight the resources we share will evolve as well. We're looking to form actionable steps that will make us valuable as neighbors, friends, global citizens, and as a small business. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to share with us. This list continues to grow everyday & we welcome your additions too.

Black Americans have been oppressed for centuries. Action to change this needs to be swift, sustained, and concrete. We long deeply for every black person to have the same rights, resources, and justice afforded to us as white persons. We mourn with those who mourn. Our hearts and minds are open and we're committed to this movement. There's no "going back to business as normal". We are committed to help create a new normal & a new world that's nurturing for all.

-The BUS STOP Girls-

George Floyd - Breonna Taylor - Ahmaud Arbery - Tamir Rice - Travon Martin - Oscar Grant - Stephon Clark - Eric Garner - Philando Castile - Samuel Dubose -Sandra Bland - Walter Scott - Terrence Crutcher and a heartwrenching many more. This must stop.
artwork by @stuffgracemade