To our community,
I want you to know, directly from me, that we stand with all BIPOC as an ally in demanding systemic change. We echo your demand to dismantle and rebuild our police force, and every contributing factor that sows inequality within our society.
As a team, we don’t believe that neutrality is the answer to injustice, and we don’t believe that personal values can remain independent of company actions. One action we took over the weekend was to review the services we use, and research the ties these companies might have to any organizations that undermine racial equality.
I found a number of sources alleging a link between UPS and ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council). ALEC is the conservative group behind the Prison Industries Act and the program PIE (the Prison Industries Enhancement Certification Program). The Prison Industries Act and PIE are the forces behind privatized prison labor which, in turn, has led to mass incarceration in America.
As a little-reported group, there is not widespread objective information on ALEC or what the full scope of this link with UPS looks like — but we have substantiated this connection through 2017 and, with no response from our direct inquiries on the matter, believe it may still be in effect.
We have always worked with USPS (domestic) and DHL (international) as our primary shipping partners. But we also offered expedited shipping options to all regions through UPS. Those options have now been removed, and I am truly sorry.
Injustice doesn’t just take shape in overt acts; it is often most damaging in the form of indifference. Moving forward, we will do the work to eradicate indifference from our company. We will do the work to seek out BIPOC-owned companies, freelancers and collaborators. We will do the work beyond these protests and continue to be an active ally for the black community.
During the next week we will be donating a percentage of web sales from Flynn Skye and One Love Malibu to the following organizations: Black Lives Matter, The Bail Project, ACLU and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
This is something I write not for acknowledgement but because I believe transparency and education is the path to change. Please amplify black voices above all others. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I welcome any feedback or questions you may have. You can email me directly here.
Black lives matter.