Jesse Malmed

Buddy MFG

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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 the Bootlegs 4 Brandon project, 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.

In June, PMI acquired 100 SIM cards, but have only been able to activate 30 of them so far. We are raising funds to activate more phones at the cost of about $40 per phone.  More information about our campaign to collect funds for phones and old phone donations is here.  

Dimensions: 14.5 x 15.5"
Materials: Screenprint on 6 oz, 100% cotton canvas tote

Jesse Malmed

Jesse Malmed is an artist, curator and educator living and working in moving images, performance, text, occasional objects, exhibition thinking and Chicago. His entanglements include Western Pole, The Nightingale Cinema, Artists' Karaoke Archive, Trunk Show, Live to Tape Artists Television Festival and The Fucs.

Gabriel Enterprises: Chicago Screenprinting and Embroidery 
(Wicker Park)

Gabriel Enterprises Inc. is a full multi-color silk screen printing and embroidery brick and mortar shop in Chicago’s Wicker Park area. For over 40 years, Gabriel has served the Chicago communities with custom t-shirts, jackets, sportswear, and more.