I started 686 in 1992 during the heart of the LA Riots. It was a tumultuous environment that drove me to do something positive with the goal of being closer to nature. Twenty-eight years later, unfortunately, some things haven’t changed. Racism has no place in what we do and will not be tolerated. As the world becomes more divisive, we need to be more inclusive than ever. We all have a lot more to do and over the coming days and we will be publishing our own action plan towards furthering equality. We encourage our community of adventurers, athletes, advocates, reps, retailers and partners to take action as well and be part of the solution. Unity/Solidarity/Equality
– Michael Akira West, 686 Founder & Creative Director
For more information, education and ways you can act, see below.
Anti-Racism Resources from GoodGoodGood Co: https://www.goodgoodgood.co/anti-racism-resources
Justice For George Floyd Petition: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd
American Civil Liberties Union: https://www.aclu.org/
Campaign Zero to end police violence: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/
An interesting Op-Ed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-05-30/dont-understand-the-protests-what-youre-seeing-is-people-pushed-to-the-edge