Black Lives Matter

To our community, 

We are taking a stance against the atrocities committed against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). As we bear witness to the string of events sparked by the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and now Manuel Ellis, we are once again confronted with the horrors of white supremacy, police violence, voter suppression, and other oppressive forces endemic in our nation.

Fighting racial inequality and disparities starts by looking inward. We are currently reforming our internal processes so we are able to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce, ensure an inclusive and collaborative work environment, and provide opportunities and mentorship for BIPOC for upper management roles. Self-accountability is important now more than ever.

We do not want to make empty promises. We would like our actions to demonstrate our tangible efforts in making real changes within our company, in our community, and across our country—now and into the future. To that end, we have made an initial donation of $25,000 to grassroots organizations that are combating police violence and voter suppression and working towards bail reform and community oversight on local and national levels. We understand that fighting systemic racism requires ongoing financial support and are also committing $100,000 towards a charitable fund to ensure recurring, expanded support for these and other organizations working against social inequalities.

We believe Black Lives Matter. We stand against racism and all of its intersecting forms. We stand behind our employees fighting for justice firsthand and we commit to match all employee donations to organizations currently working on systemic reform. We believe it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the history of systemic racism and oppression in this country and how it permeates all areas of life.

We choose to be part of the long term solution.

In solidarity,

—The CandleScience Team

 

Get Involved

We all can take action for positive change. Check out some of these organizations below to get started.

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  • Campaign Zero ❯
    • A data-driven platform aimed at ending police brutality.
    • Ten policy multidimensional agenda that addresses police violence reform with policies like ending broken windows policing, limiting the use of deadly force, establishing effective civilian oversight structures, and more.
  • Emancipate NC ❯
    • Dedicated to shifting the narrative on racialized mass incarceration through community education and mobilization.
    • Responsible for the Freedom Fighter Bond Fund, which administers bail funds to activists who are arrested for engaging in civil disobedience.
  • Brennan Center for Justice ❯
    • Advocacy group that works to enact automatic voter registration, end mass incarceration, stop partisan gerrymandering, and protect this country’s system of democracy and justice.
  • Black Lives Matter Movement ❯
    • Global movement to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
  • The Bail Project ❯
    • A non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system in order to fight against the criminalization of poverty.
  • Equal Justice Initiative ❯
    • A non-profit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state and federal prisons.
    • Challenges the death penalty and excessive punishment while also providing re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.
  • Anguish and Action ❯
    • A part of Obama’s foundation with a mission to inspire, empower and connect people to change their world starting on the South Side of Chicago by building the Obama Presidential Center, a world-class museum and public gathering space.
  • Color of Change ❯
    • Leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities.
    • Challenges racial injustice, holds corporate and political leaders accountable, commissions game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advances solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center ❯
    • Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society with litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.
  • Community Justice Exchange ❯
    • Manages the Emergency Response Fund: prioritizes supporting bail for protest support and demands mass release of everyone inside of jails and detention centers during this public health crisis.
    • Directory of community bail funds across the country: Bail Fund Projects in your Area
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund ❯
    • A legal organization fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education.
    • Directory of community bail funds across the country: Bail Fund Projects in your Area
  • Fair Fight ❯
    • Promotes fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourages voter participation in elections, and educates voters about elections and their voting rights.
    • Advocates for election reform at all levels of government and engages in other voter education programs and communications.
  • ACLU ❯
    • Largest public interest law firm in the United States.
    • Fights government abuse and vigorously defends individual freedoms and civil liberties.
  • Common Cause ❯
    • Pro-democracy agenda that is innovative, pragmatic, and comprehensive that defines the democracy reform movement.
    • Campaigns to modernize elections, in order to make them more fair, secure, and accessible and aims to make government more open and transparent by exposing secret money contributions in our elections.