Beautiful Things for Dark Times (Click To Read More)

Hello Dear Reader,

I've been deeply troubled, angry and confused since the 2016 election, so much so that I've had a real hard time squaring the joy I take in the business of Scavenger Aesthetic with the horrors and callousness of the elected administration - I mean really - who gives a shit about mid-century Italian ceramics and Instagram when we have a president who regularly predates upon, bullies, insults and dehumanizes refugees and immigrants (and women and people of color).  I mean, what kind of sick fuck menaces and actively works to destroy the hopes of people who have lost everything or are willing to bravely risk everything for the chance to make a better life for themselves and their children?

Many of us here on this page can take for granted the roof over our head, the food on our table and the clean water that miraculously spills out of our faucets on demand. We enjoy hot coffee, fresh flowers and art on our walls every damn day. As well, many of us have the luxury and privilege of cherishing beautiful objects and heirlooms inherited from previous generations of family and friends - we are so ridiculously lucky to be born into this life - but for millions of others, their circumstances are such that they have been stripped by circumstances so far beyond their control, of home, family and country.

To this end, Scavenger Aesthetic is committed to making a modest monthly automatic donation to the American Refugee Committee (ARC) and will and additional $1 for every order generated through the  Scavenger Aesthetic Shop .

As Scavenger Aesthetic grows, so will our contribution to making the world a little bit kinder.

So why The American Refugee Committee?  Well, they are pretty bad ass, boots on the ground kind of organization with super high ratings from Charity Navigator, the Better Business Bureau & Charity Watch (Top Rated). Their scope is large, their goals ambitious and their actions effective. In other words - they're not fucking around.  Helping displaced people is their only mission and their reach is about 3 Million people a year.  They work in many countries including response to Hurricane Harvey and Katrina in the U.S.

The mission of the American Refugee Committee is as follows:

ARC works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people and host communities. We help people survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency. ARC is committed to the delivery of programs that ensure measurable quality and lasting impact for the people we serve.

Who can't get down with that?  I'm asking you to take one minute today to reflect and really feel how fortunate you are. Look around your beautiful, safe, weather tight home, open your refrigerator and cabinets and marvel at the abundance, pour yourself a cool, clean glass of water and give thanks and then do something to fight the power in these dark times.

You can donate directly here:
 American Refugee Committee


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