Black Lives Matter at Adafruit: Anti-Racist Art from Michelle Paer
Black Lives Matter. As a company we have taken direct action which we are committed to continuing each and every day. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without our team whose creativity, talents and passions continue to help make Adafruit work.
There are many creative people at Adafruit: musicians, writers, actors, developers, artists and more. One member of the team who we’re excited to highlight today is Michelle Paer from our Fabrication department. Michelle has a degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts NYC. Her art focuses on individuals, while stylistically she loves to experiment with color. Her work is rich, vibrant and deeply meaningful.
Recently she has been sharing beautiful Anti-Racist artwork in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner as well as pieces that celebrate the power and hope of the repeal of 50-A as well as that of Marsha P. Johnson and Stonewall. In some of this work you will see her recent fixation with the meaning and symbolism of flowers as well as a mesmerizing juxtaposition of the literal meeting the metaphorical.
“Over the last nine years, I have marched with thousands of others in the Pride Parades of NYC and Providence. In my experience, June is a celebration of rights fought for 50+ years ago, originally led by trans people of color. This year, protests continue to stop those same threats of police brutality and hate against marginalized and oppressed groups, namely black and brown people.”
“As a member of the lgbtq+ community and as a person with white privilege, I hope that I can raise awareness of violence against those oppressed and those given less of a voice than I have. My voice is through my art in which I thank Marsha P. Johnson for her activism and bravery for leading movements that continue to this day.”
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. 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. 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. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. 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, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
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