All Eyes On Shopping To Show Support

Last week, the ICE rounded up 680 undocumented workers at a Mississippi food-processing plant on the first day of school. Three days prior, a 21-year-old man armed with an assault rifle opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas killing 22 individuals, marking the 251st mass shooting this country has seen in 2019 alone. In the days following, Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins owner and chairman of the Related Companies (whose assets include household fitness brands Equinox and SoulCycle, amongst many others) announced he is to hold a fundraiser set in the Hamptons for President Trump’s 2020 reelection, with tickets to attend starting at $100,000. The global temperature is rising. Officers continue to assault people of color with no real consequence. And, to say that our prison system is flawed would be yet another grave understatement. We don’t say this to scare you, or to make any sort of political statement. We say it because it is our reality.

Typically, we like to keep things light on Bleu. After all, we aim to be that therapy-esque break in your day when boredom strikes or you are in need of an escape for a moment, and everything in between. Often times, however, it can be tough to talk about what’s trending on the runways or the latest fad in wellness without experiencing the palpable weight of the issues in the world around us. And, it can be even more difficult to know where to begin when it comes to attempting to evoke change or resolve. Do you post on social media? Is that enough? Is there a way to do more, and if so, how and where do you start? While these are questions with answers we simply cannot give you, we thought we’d start in the way that we know best, by switching things up today and keeping this All Eyes On installment’s focus on products that benefit important causes. So, whether you’re passionate ending gun violence, fighting for human rights, practicing sustainability, or all of the above, you have one additional outlet to show your support. We’re not saying that shopping is the solution. It’s definitely not and is undoubtedly going to take much more speaking up and reform and hard conversations with friends and family members. However, we are saying that it’s a small way to start. Please do let us know if there are standout items / brands / causes we’ve missed, as well as podcasts, books, and other resources to get educated. We’d love to add them to our list and get this conversation started.

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Written by: Tiana Gidley

Tiana Gidley is the 20-something Senior Managing Editor at The Bleu. She binge-watches reality TV on Bravo, throws a mean murder mystery party, and makes her bed every morning.

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