Through the sales of our second collaboration with Jenny Holzer, we apply our ‘5:25’ business model enabling us support social skateboarding projects through grants. Additionally. the artist has generously waived her royalties to donate an extra 5% of the turnover to support 2 U.S. based non-profits: Change the Ref and Vote.org.
Change The Ref (CTR), was formed to give the kids of today the tools they need to be empowered to make changes to critical issues that affect the United States, through education, conversation, and activism. It uses urban art and nonviolent creative confrontation to expose the disastrous effects of the mass shooting pandemic. It also brings focus to the NRA’s corrupt maneuvers to buy lawmakers, while forcing solutions which are essential to healing mass shooting victims’ families’ lifelong grief.
Change The Ref’s ultimate goal is to give the young generation of survivors and victims a disrupting voice to help lead the way to change – a more peaceful future.
Vote.org is a progressive-aligned organization founded in January 2008 in the United States by a group of professional investigators and voter advocates that initially sought to provide greater access to absentee voting information online. Vote.org provides online voter guides for every state, which include voter registration forms, and absentee ballot applications, as well as information on deadlines, directions, and ID and residency requirements.
In 2008 the volunteers assisted in registering 20,000 voters and helped 130,000 registered voters obtain absentee ballots. In March 2018, Vote.org started a campaign to have companies allow their employees time off on Election Day 2018 in order to vote.
I don’t want to be home, mourning. I want to be active and I want to be fighting, doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing.
The Loss of 17 lives on February 14th, 2018 at MSD High School in Parkland, Florida due to yet another mass shooting, caused a conversation to erupt in the United States and around the world and a youth movement to be born. CTR is an organization created to fuel the youth of today, empowering them to lead the way and make impactful changes happen.
Founded in the memory of their son Joaquin who was one of the 17 victims, Manuel and Patricia Oliver are committed to making sure that their son’s life and the lives of the other 16 victims are never forgotten and that real change happens to prevent future tragedies like this from happening ever again.
The only way that will occur is if we have the ability to engage the next generation and the generations after to get involved, fight for their values and beliefs and have their voices heard!