We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM.
George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen.
Rodney King. Abner Louima. Amadou Diallo. Sean Bell. Oscar Grant. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Laquan McDonald. Freddie Gray. Antwon Rose Jr. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. John Crawford III. Michael Brown. Ezell Ford. Dante Parker. Michelle Cusseaux. Laquan Mcdonald. George Mann. Tanisha Anderson. Akai Gurley. Tamir Rice. Rumain Brisbon. Jerame Reid. Matthew Ajibade. Frank Smart. Nastasha McKenna. Tony Robinson. Anthony Hill. Mya Hall. Phillip White. Eric Harris. Walter Scott. William Chapman II. Alexia Christian. Brendon Glenn. Victor Maunel Larosa. Jonathan Sanders. Freddie Blue. Joseph Mann. Salvado Ellswood. Sanda Bland. Albert Joseph Davis. Darrius Stewart. Billy Ray Davis. Samuel Dubose. Michael Sabbie. Brain Keith Day. Christian Taylor . Troy Robinson. Asshams Pharoah Manley. Felix Kumi. Keith Harrison Mcleod. Junior Prosper. Lamontez Jones. Paterson Brown. Dominic Hutchinson. Anthony Ashford. Alonzo Smith. Tyree Crawford. India Kager. La’vante Biggs. Michael Lee Marshall. Jamar Clark. Richard Perkins. Nathaniel Harris Pickett. Benni Lee Tignor. Miguel Espinal . Michael Noel. Kevin Matthews . Bettie Jones. Quintonio Legrier. Keith Childress Jr. Janet Wilson. Randy Nelson. Antronie Scott. Wendell Celestine. David Joseph. Calin Roquemore. Dyzhawn Perkins. Christoper Davis . Marco Loud. Peter Gaines. Torry Robison. Darius Robinson. Kevin Hicks. Mary Truxillo. Demarcus Semer. Willie Tillman. Terrill Thomas. Sylville Smith. Sean Reed. Alton Streling. Philando Castile. Terence Crutcher. Paul O’Neal. Alteria Woods. Jordan Edwards. Aaron Bailey. Ronell Foster. Stephon Clark. Antwon Rose II. Botham Jean. Pamela Turner. Dominique Clayton. Atatiana Jefferson. Christopher Whitfield. Christopher Mccovey. Eric Reason. Michael Lorenzo Dean. Tony McDade. David McAtee. Rayshard Brooks. George Floyd. Countless others.
The Adafruit teams have specific actions we've done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing.
Making our voices heard
Contact the District Attorney and Minneapolis Mayor, demanding the 4 officers including Derek Chauvin are arrested for the murder of George Floyd.
Update: 6/3/2020 5:04pm ET. A charge of second-degree murder was added. Former officers - J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are now charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Minneapolis Mayors Office, Jacob Frey. (612) 673-2100
Breonna Taylor : 97 days later … Calls to action and updates (6/18/2020). Update - Mayor Greg Fischer has announced that Louisville Metro Police is firing officer Brett Hankison - (6/19/2020). Louisville detective fired for murdering Breonna Taylor – More action is required (6/23/2020).
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the recently passed bills on police reform into law 6/12/2020. It consists of 10 police reform bills that passed both the New York State Senate and New York State assembly this week — will ban the use of chokeholds by police officers, among other reforms. It also allows for disciplinary records for individual police officers, firefighters or corrections officers to be released without their written consent, repeals the 1976 statute known as 50-A, and criminalizes false race-based 911 calls. NYS Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative. NY Local governments and police must enact reform plan by April 1, 2021.
Comptroller Stringer Calls on City to Require Disclosure of Police Disciplinary Records - making all law enforcement disciplinary records available to the public in searchable, online database - 6/13/2020.
Look up which district you are in to watch any debates and read up on the candidates so you can be informed when you vote via mail, enter your Zip code on this site to find out what district you reside in as well as who your current congressperson is - https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Police Brutality & Racial Profiling
6/10/2020 - Not sure of your congressional district or who your member is? This site will assist you by matching your ZIP code to your congressional district, with links to your member’s website and contact page - house.gov/htbin/findrep
Reallocating police budgets towards education, social services, and dismantling racial inequality
Crowd-source made tools for emailing government officials to reallocate police budgets towards education, social services, and dismantling racial inequality. Source code available for each site/effort …6/11/2020. Database for police abolition - d4pa.org
Recognizing Black History
Juneteenthalso known as Freedom Day , Jubilee Day, Cel-Liberation Day or the Black Fourth of July, is an American holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865. On this day, after almost two and half years since the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved African Americans were informed of their liberation from the slavery present in the former Confederate States of America.
Books for staff in the Adafruit lending library via independent Black owned bookshops around the country. Supporting the writers, publishers and booksellers who have been doing the work for a long time.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
The Fire Next Time
Black Against The Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
Are Prisons Obsolete?
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Why We Can't Wait
How To Be An Antiracist
Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
The History of White People
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
And more - Updated frequently (Google Sheet 6/6/2020) ... Anti-Racist Audio & Video resources which we hope you'll find useful. This includes podcasts, lectures and interviews on topics like prison abolition, history, indigenous rights, civil rights, parenting, the workplace, pop culture and more - 6/22/2020.
Adafruit is going to the movies, join us! John Lewis: Good Trouble
John Lewis: Good Trouble – is the chronicle of the life of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Thousands of protests. 45 arrests. 33 years in Congress. Sometimes change calls for a little trouble. In theaters and on demand 7/3. As a team we’ve all gone out to the movies before at Adafruit, that’s not possible at this time, so we’re going to watch on demand, and you can watch on demand too with Adafruit! Check out the trailer here – YouTube.
Adafruit is purchasing over 100+ on-demand tickets for our team to watch on demand 7/3. Why are we doing that? Magnolia pictures joined with Adafruit and HUNDREDS of companies for the Stop Hate for Profit campaign. That means Magnolia, like Adafruit, is not advertising on Facebook. Businesses are standing in solidarity for our most deeply held American values of freedom, equality and justice, and we are not advertising on Facebook in July. But it does not end there, we’re going to help and work with companies that are not advertising on Facebook and show it’s possible to succeed without Facebook.
Adafruit contacted the Magnolia Pictures team and asked what we could do to help, so far we’re purchasing 100+ on-demand tickets for our entire team and we’re going to get the word out on our platforms about the movie John Lewis: Good Trouble. The official film website will list all platforms on which the film is available to rent at home starting on July 3rd – want to help out, check out the post! adafruit.com/goodtrouble
Digital privacy and security measures for staying safe while protesting
Digital privacy and security measures for staying safe while protesting may feel like a confusing, moving target. That’s because your adversaries in this scenario are a combination of greedy companies, broken and corrupt authorities, and people who simply don’t know how to do their own privacy and security - Team guide. And - staying safe strategies while protesting.
Updating technical documents and more
Removing language like "Master/Slave" / "Blacklist/White list" on technical documents and more. Example, changing to: "Microcontroller Out / Sensor In". GitHub to replace "master" with alternative term to avoid slavery references 6/14/2020. Adafruit is part of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) resolution for changing the way SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) pins are labelled on hardware and in datasheets (6/29/2020).
A teacher contacted Adafruit about racist content on Thingiverse and asked for our help to encourage MakerBot, Thingiverse and Stratasys to continue to enforce its existing rules and remove the hatred, white supremacy, bigotry, racism, antisemitism, and violence from the Thingiverse platform.
On June 24th, 2020 we emailed Nadav Goshen the CEO at MakerBot, MakerBot PR, and Stratasys the parent company. Included were specific examples which were on the site, we also included meaningful actions to take to not only remove the hateful content, but also ways for Thingiverse to take ongoing actions against racist content.
And good news, MakerBot (Thingiverse) replied and removed the content, same day, within hours.
We informed the teacher that contacted us, and we’d like to thank MakerBot for taking quick action - 6/25/2020.
Public updates & accountability
The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year - we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Updates to this page will happen frequently. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Specific actions each week noted and shared as part of our all-company "State of the Fruit" notes and all-company meeting.
Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country.