Do Something is a fundraising campaign designed to raise funds for nonprofits playing an active role is representing and defending the rights of minority populations in the United States targeted by hate groups, individuals, corporations, and sometimes politicians. The goal of Do Something is to raise awareness and support for proactive organizations through donations. In exchange for donations of $5 to $50 skateboarders will receive products they would have purchased anyway including shirts, wheels, videos, and decks from skateboard companies sponsoring the event. Nonprofits for each event are chosen according to current and ongoing issues in need of attention.
This event started primarily as a fundraiser for the NAACP Defense Fund to coincide with the release of The Slapstik Skateboard Art Safety Face 2 deck, a response to the August 12th, 2017 Charlottesville protest and murder of Heather. After further reflection it was clear that an attack on one oppressed group in America is an attack on all of us, thus prompting the inclusion of the ACLU and the Human Rights Campaign.
Included with each Safety Face 2 deck will come with a new Benderzine celebrating the 20 year anniversary of Raped Inc. Skateboards’ start in Athens, Georgia in 1996. Raped Inc., started by Shawn Beeks years after reading Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock, ran for 5 years serving as a way to start conversations in skateboarding about politics, violence, and identity. At its end in 2001, Raped Inc. became Slapstik Skateboards, which continues to address these same issues of politics and identity with a more humorous tone.
Please join us at Brook Run Skatepark on October 14th, from 1-4pm for the fundraiser and Slapstik Skateboard Art deck release.