Helping Handles: Tote Bags 4 Refugee Fundraiser is a series of tote bags made by Chicago artists to raise funds to get activated cell phones for asylum seekers arriving in Chicago.
Tote bags go for $28 - or you can donate your old phone in exchange for a tote bag of your choice!
Inspired by arts community mobilization efforts like theBootlegs 4 Brandonproject, Buddy has assembled 14 amazing artists to donate their artwork, which we’ve printed on bags that we’re releasing Aug 25. meet the urgent needs of assylum seekers involuntarily bussed to our city. Help us help our new neighbors get oriented, communicate with family and friends, and thrive with us in our welcoming communities.
Public Media Institute is working to get these newly-arriving refugees working phones with SIM cards. This is something our mutual aid buddies across the city have unanimously let us know there is urgent need for; other nonprofits and community groups are working to get asylum seekers’ basic needs met, but no one is helping people get the phones essential to find work, communicate with loved ones, and navigate complicated government aid.
ぐちゃぐちゃ / Gucha Gucha is a Chicago-based low waste studio founded in 2019 by Maksim Barkhatov (he/him) and Kasumi Chow (she/her) — a creative duo with backgrounds in design. The shop name is an onomatopoeia of something being sloppy, messy, or messed with. Our printed experiments reclaim the diasporas of being 1st generation Americans of immigrant families.
Feeltrip is a record label and artist collective based in Chicago, IL. They specialize in local music, screen printed apparel, zines, posters and anything DIY. You can find them at events and shows across the city, or by appointment in the Hermosa neighborhood on the near West side.
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