“It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.” 

Albert Camus, Neither Victims Nor Executioners


We believe that at the door of your business your values should be exemplified and defended.

Ilegal Mezcal — the company — was founded in Guatemala.  Ilegal Mezcal — the liquor — is made in Oaxaca, Mexico by Oaxaqueños. The company is comprised of Mexicans, Guatemalans, Mexican Americans, an El Salvadoran American, a Venezuelan, an Ecuadorian, New Yorkers, Californians, an Alabamian, a Philadelphian … people from an array of other ethnicities, cultures, and sexual orientations. We live, work, and play across borders.

We are too keenly aware of the issues of immigration, the refugee crisis, gender discrimination, racism and xenophobia.  These issues impact us, our friends, and our relatives. 

Demonizing groups of people will not solve any of this. Nor will building walls, whether brick by brick or sound bite by sound bite. Violence is certainly not the answer.  Finding commonality, exercising compassion, sharing an other's custom, fighting for human dignity, engaging in civil discourse — these are good first steps.

Since the company began we have supported and contributed to a number of groups working to affect social change for the better. Below are some organizations that we are supporting to address humane immigration policy and gender equality.

Ilegal will be donating $2,000 along with all the profits from our merchandise line from October 31 through December to 31 to Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project and The National Center For Transgender Rights.

Sincerely,

John Rexer and The Entire Ilegal Mezcal Gang


TAKE A STAND

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Defending the Rights Of Immigrant Children

Currently there are approximately 5,500 unaccompanied migrant children, in 34 shelters across Texas. If you're looking for ways to support the thousands of migrant children consider donating to the organizations below.

Why are so many children fleeing their countries? 

Many of the immigrant children from El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico are escaping extreme violence, often gang-related and fueled by the drug trade. A 2013 report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees indicated that 63% of the immigrants from El Salvador, 43% of Hondurans, and 32% of Mexicans cited violence in society (mostly gang-related violence) as the reason for leaving. Violence in the home was another strong motivator, with statistics standing at 63% for El Salvador, 24% for Honduras, and 17% for Mexico. "Salvadoran and Honduran children ... come from extremely violent regions where they probably perceive the risk of traveling alone to the U.S. preferable to remaining at home," the report said. Guatemalan children cited deprivation (29%), violence in the home (23%), and violence in society (20%) as reasons for leaving their countries. Children in Honduras also cited poverty as reasons for leaving, while many girls from El Salvador reported fear of both home and gang-related sexual abuse.

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Defending Transgender Rights 

The Trump administration is considering a new proposal to narrowly define "sex," a shift that could upend the rules and programs for transgender people in America. The Human Rights Campaign, a prominent LGBTQ rights group, said the proposal was part of a "consistent, multi-pronged campaign by the Trump-Pence White House over the past two years to undermine the rights and welfare of LGBTQ people."

Consider donating to the organizations below.


Ways to Support 

Is a Public interest legal organization serving some of the most vulnerable immigrants in the Los Angeles area.

KIND protects unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney.

A nonprofit charitable organization that is focused on migrant rights, immigration reform, and the prevention of immigrant deaths along the border.

The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation's leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

The Trevor Project is an American non-profit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.


Over the past few weeks, thousands of migrants from Central America have been tromping en masse towards the United States-Mexico border in search for a better life.

Migrant caravans aren’t really a rare occurrence; there have been reports of informal, self-organized groups traveling to the United States as early as 2010. There have also been smaller caravans organized by Mexican advocacy groups to draw attention to the struggle of Latin American asylum-seekers. However, this one is different than all the previous ones.

 

ILEGAL MERCH PROFITS THROUGH DECEMBER WILL BE DONATED:


OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WE HAVE SUPPORTED

Thank you for supporting our events, buying our merch and helping us

raise $50,000+ for these amazing organizations!