The virus infects all people equally. However, not all people have equal aces to healthcare, sanitation, time off work, childcare, whole foods, and the list goes on. So we are donating masks to people that in vulnerable situations through organizations that are empowering their communities. Since launching joshu.org in March 2020 we have generated thousands of mask donations through direct sales. We have since donated to places including Navajo Nation, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the California Domestic Workers Coalition and a number of healthcare facilities including Kasier Permanente in CA and Montefiore Medical Center in NY.
Sustainability should not be inaccessible. One reusable mask replaces hundreds of disposable masks. It is important for us to work with groups that are serving and empowering their communities. We want to donate to organizations that we truly believe in so that we can share the important work that they are doing and generate more support.
The bulk of our donations are committed to Navajo Nation and California Domestic Workers Coalition. All donations are the same high quality, made in USA Curve mask that we sell on our website.
We have so far donated 1,850 reusable masks to Navajo Nation through Orenda Tribe as the organizers, which will go to an entire school district and one tribal police station. Navajo Nation is number one in the USA of COVID-19 positive cases per capita. At least 30% of households have no running water and many First Nation people have pre-existing health conditions making them more at-risk during this pandemic.
California Domestic Workers Coalition
We have donated 700 reusable masks to CDWC. CDWC is the state’s leading voice for more than 300,000 domestic workers in California. The alliance advances a movement for the rights of immigrant women workers by building legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, and leadership development. During this pandemic, domestic workers such as nannies and in-home attendants to seniors and people living with disabilities have been unable to limit their work due to the essential need of the work. This workforce which is comprised primarily of immigrant women of color who are the primary breadwinners for their family, may have little to no safety net and have needed to continue working during shelter-in-place.