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AUSTRALIAN NAIDOC WEEK, 2020: ALWAYS WAS ALWAYS WILL BE BLOG POST

“We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.”

We’re celebrating NAIDOC Week at Quay, and honouring Australia’s Aboriginal + Torres Strait Islander Peoples with our COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS series with a short Q/A featuring Sky Thomas, a Gunnai/Kurnai, Yorta yorta, and Wiradjuri Woman.

La conviction que la COMMUNAUTÉ C’EST QUAY et que toutes les personnes (peu importe leur sexe, leur orientation sexuelle, leur origine ou leurs croyances) méritent du respect, de la confiance et de l’amour est essentielle dans tout ce que nous faisons chez Quay. Nous ne sommes rien sans le groupe unique et diversifié d’individus en interne et en externe qui nous ont permis de réussir au fil des ans.

Q/A ft @SOJU_GANG

Q: WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR STORY?

A: I’m Soju Gang—I’m a proud Gunnai/Kurnai, Yorta Yorta, and Wiradjuri woman, and I’m known for being a DJ, designer, and all-around creative here in Melbourne [Australia].

 

Q: WHAT DOES NAIDOC WEEK MEAN TO YOU?

A: What NAIDOC means to me is our community coming together to not only reflect on the journey our people have been on but also to celebrate who we are and where we’ve come from as well.


We’ve faced so much adversity since colonisation, so much injustice and pain and oppression and genocide—some of which we still face today. But to have time to reflect on our determination, our strength, our love, our talent, and our achievements is so important.

Q: WHAT DOES THIS YEAR’S THEME ‘ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE’ CONJURE FOR YOU?

A: We have a history [in Australia]. This country has tried to erase us, both from the history books and from the face of the Earth. So, for us to say ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ is saying that we’re still here and we’re not going anywhere.

Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT NAIDOC WEEK?

A: What I want people to know about NAIDOC Week is to understand where it comes from and the history it holds within it. It came from our people marching for their rights on Day of Mourning, which is what others consider Australia Day, and it was about this country acknowledging the history that is here but to also ask for our rights as human beings. So, from a time of pain that we’ve come from, to find the time and create that space for our people to celebrate ourselves is important and should be something that everyone in this country takes part in.

DONATE

  • Change the Record

https://changetherecord.org.au/

Change the Record is Australia’s only national Aboriginal led justice coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies and non-Indigenous allies. They work to end the incarceration of, and family violence against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Aboriginal Literacy Foundation

http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/

The priority of Australia’s Aboriginal Literacy Foundation is to provide ongoing literacy programs and opportunities for Indigenous young people through education and community-based initiatives.
  • Koorie Youth Council

https://koorieyouthcouncil.org.au/

The Koorie Youth Council (KYC) advocates for the advancing of rights and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to Australian government and communities.
  • The Healing Foundation

https://healingfoundation.org.au/

The Healing Foundation is an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions like the forced removal of children from their families.
  • Common Ground

https://www.commonground.org.au/

Common Ground is an Aboriginal-led organisation that works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia to capture and share stories, and create learning material for wider Australia.
  • ANTaR

https://antar.org.au/

ANTaR is an Australian advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights—and overcoming the disadvantage of— Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people primarily through lobbying, public campaigns, and advocacy.

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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at QUAY. Get to know our squad with mini Q/As that highlight some of our Latinx employees—COMMUNITY IS QUAY.

 



MARIBEL

What is your Hispanic heritage?
I am Mexican and Honduran.

What department do you work in?

Retail - Shops

What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?

I think one of the biggest...is that all we eat is tacos and burritos. Mexican cuisine has so many different amazing foods! 😍

Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage?
One thing I would like to share would be Mexican culture is the fusion of European, African, and Indigenous culture...This mixing, known as mestizaje, produced a unique cultural identity that makes up the basis for modern-day Mexico, and can be seen in every aspect of Mexican life, including food, clothing, art, music, and even language.

One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without?
One thing I could not live without would be music. I love music, it helps me get through the day and gets me energized and motivated with whatever I am doing.

 


MARIA

What is your Hispanic heritage?
I am Nicaraguan.

What department do you work in?
Finance

What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?
That we are lazy people, which is completely wrong. I have traveled to Nicaragua more than 20 times and everyone I’ve met there is extremely hard working and friendly.

Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage?
Every year, around Christmas, families come together to celebrate La Purisima. It is both a religious and cultural event to celebrate the Virgin Mary. Everyone sings and passes party favors, which always include typical Nicaraguan food and drinks. It’s a remembrance of our culture and an opportunity for us to enjoy our nation’s treats.

One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without?
Family.

 


BRENDA

What is your Hispanic heritage?
I am Mexican and Spanish.

What department do you work in?
Retail - Shops

What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?
Biggest misconception of Mexican women is that we’re limited to be housewives/stay-at-home moms, and marry “macho men.” That’s quite false. My mother is a psychologist, and I was taught to be very independent. She really enforced to break that glass ceiling and use my bilingualism to advance in my career.

Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage?
Not all Mexicans eat spicy foods. Although, the use of chili is quite common, not all of us like the spicy-ness.

One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without?
I cannot live without coffee! Especially “cafe con leche,” which is delicious! And Salsa dancing!


NYDIA

What is your Hispanic heritage?
I am Puerto Rican and Mexican.

What department do you work in?
Inventory Control

What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?
Not all Latinx are Catholic, I was raised Pentecostal.

Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage?
Puerto Ricans are U.S. Citizens but aren’t allowed to vote for president.

One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without?
My Grandma Nydia’s Puerto Rican cooking (I was named after my grandma).


ROB

What is your Hispanic heritage?
I am Puerto Rican.

What department do you work in?
IT

What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?
That we’re all “Spanish.” Puerto Rico is actually part of Latin America and the indigenous people are actually called Taíno and are thought to have come from the Amazon Basin. If you look at the DNA of anyone from Puerto, it’s a mix of many cultures including Spain and Africa that made Puerto Rico as amazing as it is.

Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage?
I have DNA from Europe, Africa, Asia and Native Americans! It’s quite amazing to look at all the sources of what makes me, me.

One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without?
Photos of my family! I thought at first about a piece of technology like my phone, but photos and memories are irreplicable.

 


MIGUEL

What is your Hispanic heritage?
I am Mexican.

What department do you work in?
Retail Operations

What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have on your culture?
That people in Mexico all wear sombreros.

Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage?
People in Tepatitlan have a traditional festival every year in April called Tepabril, in honor of the Lord of Mercy, and the festivities go on for 2 to 3 weeks. A sanctuary was created for the Lord of Mercy in Tepatitlan, Jalisco, and his story is displayed on the walls of the sanctuary describing how he was founded and his significance for the town.

One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without?
Tamales!


RAQUEL

What is your Hispanic heritage?
I am Mexican.

What department do you work in?
Global Brand

What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have on your culture?
That Mexico is a very dangerous place to visit.

Help drop some knowledge: what is one thing you would like to share about your heritage?
In Mexico, we greet everyone with a kiss on the cheek, even people you just met. 😘

One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without?
Limes!


BRIANNA

What is your Hispanic heritage?
I am Mexican.

What department do you work in?
Global Brand

What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have on your culture?
That any successful business or family is associated with the cartel. It's sad, but it was a thing my family/friends heard growing up.

Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage?
Mexico has 68 official languages that are officially recognized, but there are even more spoken by smaller communities around the country.

One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without?
Family, they are a crazy bunch, but man, do I love them!

 


TESS

What is your Hispanic heritage?
I am Honduran and Nicaraguan.

What department do you work in?
Global Brand

What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have on your culture?
For me, it's upsetting when others aren't understanding or get frustrated to non-English speaking individuals. Growing up my Mom barely knew any English, so she relied on my brother, dad, and myself to translate. It's also upsetting when non-Spanish speaking people make fun of any latin culture because they find it “weird.” It truly does take a toll on a child growing up because you end up being embarrassed about who you are, when it should never be like that.

Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage?
We don't all have the same food! I grew with native food from Honduras and Nicaragua. For example, although we have tamales, they aren't the same as a mexican tamale everyone learns and eats.

One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without?
My film cameras. They're my form of therapy, and I enjoy seeing life through a viewfinder.



CESAR

What is your Hispanic heritage?
I am Colombian, Puerto Rican, and Mexican.

What department do you work in?
Retail-Shops

What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?
It’s silly, but I always hear, “Oh, you’re from Colombia...What do you guys eat?”
Puerto Rico and Colombia are both so rich in culture and have amazing cuisine that doesn’t revolve around beans and tacos. If you’re ever in Puerto Rico or at a decent PR restaurant, try Mofongo (staple), Tostones, and always order the Arroz Con Gandules. 🤤

Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage?
Being Puerto Rican means that I am not only Puerto Rican, but I am also a beautiful mix of indigenous Taínos, African, and Spanish ancestry.

One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without?
I can never live without MUSIC. Puerto Rico is the birthplace of SALSA. 💃

 

The belief that COMMUNITY IS QUAY and that all people—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed—deserve respect, opportunity, and love is central to everything that we do at Quay. We are nothing without the unique, diverse group of individuals internally + externally who have allowed us success over the years.


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QUAY, C’EST LA COMMUNAUTÉ, 2020

La conviction que QUAY, C’EST LA COMMUNAUTÉ et que toutes les personnes (peu importe leur sexe, leur orientation sexuelle, leur origine ou leurs croyances) méritent du respect, de la confiance et de l’amour est essentielle dans tout ce que nous faisons chez Quay. Nous ne sommes rien sans le groupe unique et diversifié d’individus en interne et en externe qui nous ont permis de réussir au fil des ans.

Nous croyons en notre devoir inhérent de répandre largement la vision de Quay, à travers des programmes philanthropiques et des causes, et de soutenir les causes qui accentuent et nourrissent l’expression de soi, la confiance et le bien-être de notre communauté mondiale.

Découvrez toutes les façons dont VOUS nous avez aidés à rendre service en 2020 :

DANS LA LUTTE CONTRE LA FAIM

Alors que plus de gens que jamais ressentent la pression extraordinaire de la précarité alimentaire, nous nous sommes associés cette année avec Feeding America®, la plus grande organisation nationale de lutte contre la faim aux États-Unis, ainsi qu’avec Foodbank Victoria, la plus grande organisation caritative de lutte contre la faim en Australie, en faisant un don de plus de 145 000 USD. Avec seulement 1 USD, vous aidez l’organisation Feeding America® à fournir au moins dix repas, par l’intermédiaire des banques alimentaires membres locales.

DANS LA LUTTE POUR LA JUSTICE SOCIALE

  • PARLER DE LA SANTÉ MENTALE LBGTQ
    Pour marquer le lancement de notre Pride Collection, Quay a fait un don de plus de 63 000 USD à The Trevor Project, la plus grande organisation mondiale de prévention du suicide et d’intervention de crise pour les jeunes LGBTQ, ainsi qu’à Minus18 qui vise à améliorer la vie des jeunes LGBTQIA+ en Australie par des événements d’affirmation de la vie, l’éducation et l’autonomisation.
  • CRÉER UNE VISIBILITÉ POUR L’EXPÉRIENCE NOIRE ET METTRE FIN À L’INJUSTICE RACIALE
    Nous sommes solidaires dans la lutte contre l’oppression systématique de la communauté noire. Cette année, nous avons fait un don de 37 500 USD réparti entre les organisations qui soutiennent la lutte pour la justice raciale aux États-Unis : The Equal Justice Initiative, The Loveland Foundation, The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Nous croyons au pouvoir de la représentation et nous nous engageons à accroître la diversité dans tout ce que nous faisons. Nous n’avons pas réponse à tout, mais nous nous engageons à continuer à apprendre et à avoir des discussions honnêtes avec notre communauté sur la façon dont nous pouvons amplifier l’excellence noire.

DANS LE CADRE DES EFFORTS DE SECOURS COVID-19

Nous avons réorienté une partie de nos efforts de fabrication en avril 2020 vers la production de lunettes de protection et de lunettes de sécurité certifiées de qualité médicale pour les travailleurs de la santé en première ligne soutenant les communautés touchées par le COVID-19. Avec l’aide de notre équipe, nous avons fait don de 30 000 EPI certifiés, de qualité médicale et des lunettes à lumière bleue pour les services de santé et les travailleurs de première ligne avec la campagne « Achetez une paire, obtenez-en une, donnez-en une » qui permettait de faire don d’une paire de lunettes pour chaque achat, pour un total d’environ 123 000 USD.

DANS LE CADRE DES EFFORTS DE SECOURS AUX VICTIMES DES FEUX DE BROUSSE EN AUSTRALIE

Nous avons souffert en voyant des feux de brousse dévastateurs déchirer des communautés en Australie. En janvier 2020, nous nous sommes engagés à reverser 100 % des recettes de notre site Internet australien et grâce à votre soutien, nous avons recueilli plus de 39 000 USD au profit de WIRES Wildlife Rescue et Vinnies.

 

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ON NE PEUT PAS RESTER NEUTRE FACE AU RACISME

The only way to fight racism is to be actively anti-racist—educate yourself, speak up, donate, take action. There is no neutral position on racism.

 

We stand in solidarity with the fight against systematic oppression of the black community and are committed to creating visibility into the black experience + ending racial injustice. We believe the only way to fight racism is to be actively anti-racist—educate yourself, speak up, donate, take action.

 

We are starting with a donation of $50k to organizations that support the fight against racial injustice—and are committed to another $100k before the year ends. See below for a list of the local and international organisations we’re making the first donation to.

 

We believe in the power of representation and are committed to expanding diversity in everything that we do. Nous n’avons pas de réponse à tout, mais nous nous engageons à continuer à apprendre et à avoir des discussions honnêtes avec notre communauté sur la façon dont nous pouvons amplifier l’excellence noire.

 

DONATE WITH US

 

EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE https://eji.org/

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

 

THE LOVELAND FOUNDATION https://thelovelandfoundation.org/

The Loveland Foundation works to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more. Ultimately, they hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities they serve.

 

NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND https://www.naacpldf.org/

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.

 

CHANGE THE RECORD https://changetherecord.org.au/

Change the Record is Australia’s only national Aboriginal led justice coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies and non-Indigenous allies. They work to end the incarceration of, and family violence against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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BUY ONE. GET ONE. GIVE ONE.
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ACHETEZ-EN UNE. UNE POUR VOUS. ET UNE POUR OFFRIR.

First + foremost—THANK YOU. Over the past few weeks, we have shifted a portion of our manufacturing efforts to producing certified medical-grade protective goggles + safety glasses for front line healthcare workers. PPE is in short supply globally, and eyewear is what we know best—so this felt like the clear way for us to contribute to the global cause during these unprecedented times.

Community is always Quay for us—so it was important to include + empower you. To distribute as many pairs as possible, we offered a BUY ONE, GET ONE, GIVE ONE program on all of our global Quay sites from April 10th-13, with each purchase representing an additional eyewear donation. As a result, we are proud to announce a donation of over 30,000 pairs of eyewear to be distributed to front line healthcare workers across the globe, from the US to Australia to Europe. We’re overwhelmed and filled with gratitude by your emphatic support of our effort, and are so grateful for the opportunity to distribute thousands of pairs of goggles + glasses to institutions like:

 

Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY

NYU Langone Hospital, New York, NY

UCLA Health, Los Angeles, CA

Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, PA

Methodist Hospital, Omaha, NE

Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA

Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, CO,

Mercy Medical Center, Merced, CA

Royal Melbourne Hospital ED, Victoria, Australia

Frankston Hospital, Victoria, Australia

Cabrini Hospital, Victoria, Australia

Box Hill Hospital, Victoria, Australia

Monash Medical Centre, Victoria, Australia

Brisbane Royal Hospital, Queensland, Australia

+ more

Bec (ICU doc) Jess and Vlad (ICU nurses) Cally (ICU doc)

Jess(ICU nurse) and Cally (ICU doctor)

Louise, Nurse

 

 

Once again, louder for the people in the back—thank you. Together, we are making a difference.

Xx,

Quay

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