WHAT WE BELIEVE
We do our best to think through each element of our items. Are they made with ingredients that are safe for users and our folks filling the bottles? Are they cruelty free? Do we have colors that work well on all skin tones?
Claws Out was founded with the goal of supporting community. Giving money to organizations who've been diligently doing the difficult work for years is a priority to us as a company and as people. We do that by assigning each color a cause and donating 20% of its profits. We send money to political campaigns we believe will impact the greater good and to nonprofits in immediate need outside of our regular donations. We donate product to silent auctions and gift bags for activists. And we use the privilege of being business owners to volunteer our time in the community.
The more we grow, the more colors and causes we can add and it is our goal to do so. But that growth cannot come at the cost of the other two areas. We will not use toxic ingredients to pinch pennies, or lower our 20% donation model. We think carefully about the collaborations that reach out to us and if they understand who we are and the things we stand for.
WHO WE DONATE TO
Matriarchy - Moms Demand Action | Icebreaker - Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) | Liberty – NAACP Legal Defense Fund | Resistance - American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) | Intersectional - Emily's List | Uterus - Planned Parenthood | Nude – Color of Change | Pride – Trevor Project | Hot Rock - Rock & Roll Camp for Girls | Reclaiming My Time - The Cupcake Girls | Notorious - Times Up Legal Defense Fund | Witch Hunt - ProPublica | Cat Lady - Pixie Project | Force of Nature - Environmental Defense Fund | Blue State – Fair Fight | Exhausted Empath – National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI | Big Hugs – Feeding America | Many more individual donations
Contributing Member of the Women's Foundation of Oregon | Contributing Member of The Bus Project | Charter Member of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture | Lifetime Member of the NAACP | Contributing Member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) | Monthly Supporter of the Gender Reveal Podcast Featuring Trans and Nonbinary Artists
WHO WE VOLUNTEER WITH
Organized Zine Workshop on Journalism for Girls Inc Council Members | Manual Labor for Transition Projects Homeless Shelter | Lobby Day Meetings with Oregon Senators and Reps on Voting Pre-registration for 16-Year-Olds | Purse-o-nality for Girls Inc Annual Fundraiser | Marketing Mentorship for New Avenues for Youth's Dfrntpigeon Line | Hosted Journalism Workshop for Adelante Mujeres Empowerment Day Camp for Latina Teens | Organized Silent Auction Donations for The Bus Project's annual fundraiser | Volunteer Lecturer for Small Business Development Center, Retail and Restaurant groups | Emcee Fundraising Event for Portland Center Stage | Letter Writing Campaign for Votefwd.org
HUDDLED MASSES, OUR OWN FUNDRAISER
In 2019 we created our own fundraising event, Huddled Masses. The goal? To celebrate the immigrant and refugee community through installations, first-person stories, and design. 100% of the profits from the event go towards the immigrant and refugee community. Covid sidelined our 2020 plans, but we look forward to reviving it again as soon as we are able through a continuation of installations as these ones we’ve done in the past.
Claws Out owner Eden Dawn interviewed Samsam Abdi, a Somali refugee, on her experience coming to America. Sound engineer Reed Harvey of Digital One turned it into an 8-minute installation where audience members sat in the dark, listening to her words.
Mexican-American designer Myriam Marcela displayed her stunning Wild Woman collection: A line of women’s wearable art intricately embroidered by artist Laura Renée Maier with faces of women from around the world “created in celebration of the diversity, strength, and identity of the Wild Women in all of us.”
Photos courtesy Nic Raingsey
Letra Chueca, a Latinx-owned letterpress company devoted to decolonizing design through collaboration and representation were on site helping guests print limited edition, powerful take away pieces.
Nail Art Poetry
Claws Out—in conjunction with nail artist Amber Bates and photographer Christoper Dibble—aimed to create a massive reimagining of the Statue of Liberty’s New Colossus poem one nail at a time. We made it through 3/4s and can't wait to finish it off soon.
Hand photos courtesy Christopher Dibble
THE NEW COLOSSUS BY EMMA LAZARUS (1883)
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame | With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand | A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame | Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name | Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand | Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command | The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. | “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she | With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, | Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, | The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. | Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, |I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
A massive thank you to everyone who helped us raise $1500 in three hours for IRCO. We couldn't have done it without you and can't wait to do it again next year. The amazing venue and bar donated by The Hoxton. Party Decorations by Rodeo Queen. DJ Komba Weekend. And our all POC-owned market from these amazing women: Vía Raíz, Minnie + George, and ReSista Kat.