Graphic tees have become a staple in mainstream culture, and for a good reason. Imbued with political messages, you can support causes which need attention by simply wearing one. Brands such as Brain Dead, Alyx Studios, Cactus Plant Flea Market and many more have released tees in support of Freeing Palestine, BLM, Anti-AAPI Hate and more. We have compiled a list of 10 graphic tees which donates proceeds to charities which aim to drive positive change and help those in need.
And while donating to these causes is just a first step towards fighting injustice, we at CULTED encourage you to support those in need by raising awareness, signing petitions and most importantly being vocally anti-racist.
FC PALESTINA X HYPEPEACE COLLAB HOME WHITE, US$77 (APPROX.) / £55
FC Palestina has collaborated with Hypepeace to create a graphic tee in support of Palestine. The tee features the number 7, referring to the football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who has been a long-time supporter of this cause. 50% of all profits will be used to set up a screen printing studio in Bethlehem, Palestine.
STUDIO FY7 FREE PALESTINE WHITE TEE, US$45.99 / £32.50
Studio FY7 takes sides with Palestine with this white tee. All proceeds will go to Lifeblood Foundation and Middle East Children’s Alliance.
HAERFEST NCI T-SHIRT, US$35 / £24 (APPROX.)
“Nothing changes if nothing changes” is the strong message adopted by this tee. All proceeds will go towards Stop AAPI Hate, an organisation dedicated to end AAPI hate, which has seen a sharp rise amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
NEIGHBORHOOD SPOT CHINATOWN NYC TEE, US$35 / £24 (APPROX.)
Designed by the Cevallos Brothers, this Chinatown tee’s proceeds will go towards Send Chinatown Love, providing relief towards businesses in NYC’s Chinatown who have been severely affected by the pandemic.
LS TEE POWER TO THE YOUTH, US$85 (APPROX.) / £60.50 (APPROX.)
This limited tee, now available for preorder, will donate 100% of its proceeds towards UNICEF, to help fight youth poverty.
ADISH STUDIOS FUNDRAISER T-SHIRT FOR GAZA, US$60.35 / £43 (APPROX.)
Adish Studios has partnered with Brain Dead, Cactus Plant Flea Market, Blood Orange, 8 Ball Zines, Big Love Records Tokyo, Come Tees, SomeWare, Eco-Cycle, Denim Tears, Online Ceramics, LQQK Studios, Emma Kohlmann, Miracle Seltzer, Election Reform, CNY, Patta, and Perks and Mini to create this graphic tee. Proceeds will be split between the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, Palestinian Medical Relief Society and Medical Aid for Palestinians.
GOOD GIRL GANG FREE PALESTINE CHARITY T SHIRT, US$35 (APPROX.) / £25
Good Girl Gang has created a Freedom For Palestine tee, which will see all its proceeds go towards emergency air funds which will deliver food and medical assistance to those in urgent need.
BLACK LIVES MATTER BLACK/WHITE CHARITY T-SHIRT, US$21 (APPROX.) / £15
All proceeds from this screen-printed BLM tee will go to Black Lives Matter UK which aims to “empower communities to take charge of the change and improvement that they want to see”.
BLACK SABBATH APPAREL BLACK LIVES MATTER T-SHIRT, US$25 / £17 (APPROX.)
The legendary rock band Black Sabbath joins the fight in support of the BLM movement. 100% of proceeds will go to ARRAY Alliance, a collective founded by filmmaker, distributor and activist Ava DuVernay, amplifying the “stories of underrepresented communities” within film.
ALYX STUDIO ANTI-RACIST ACTION T-SHIRT, US$88 (APPROX.) / £62
Available for pre-order, Alyx Studio collaborates with Uber and Kosher to take an anti-racist stand. All proceeds will be donated to the AAPI Community Fund.
@JEN.KYN LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER T-SHIRT, US$32.50 (APPROX.) / £23
Independent graphic designer Kate Jenkyn Bedford has a simple message: Listen to your mother, and help a good cause by doing so. The organic (vegan, fair-wear and GOTS accredited) T-shirt is adorned with a lucky cat graphic on the front and back, and all profits from the campaign are donated to the London Chinese Community Centre in an effort to combat Asian hate.
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