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A Flight For Survival

As a company we believe in supporting impartial and independent journalism that captures the human element and full story. For this reason, we will be funding Comvite’s projects on a quarterly basis.

This short documentary tells the story about the challenges that Scarlet Macaws have in Northern Guatemala.

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Bananas of Wrath

As a company we believe in supporting impartial and independent journalism that captures the human element and full story. For this reason, we will be funding Comvite’s projects on a quarterly basis.

Over the past several months, thousands of migrants from Central America have been walking 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.

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Surviving Purgatory

As a company we believe in supporting impartial and independent journalism that captures the human element and full story. For this reason, we will be funding Comvite’s projects on a quarterly basis.

The eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala on March 6, 2018, left hundreds dead and many more searching for their loved ones. A year after the eruption, these are the stories of some of the survivors.

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How You Can Help

GET POLITICAL:

Call your representatives to demand the bar & restaurant industry is part of the stimulus plan in response to COVID-19. Capital switchboard number – (202) 224-3121

If you’re a U.S. citizen and not registered to vote, or you recently moved, it’s quick and easy to register and update your voter registration here: Register!

SHOP ILEGAL APPAREL:

Since the company began we have supported and contributed to a number of groups working to affect social change for the better. On March 18, 2020, Ilegal made a donation of $50,000 to the USBG Relief Fund.  We are in this together and we look forward to bellying up to the bar with you all again soon. To support those who are most vulnerable, the profits from the sale of our apparel shop will be split between the organizations below.

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Resources

Black Lives Matter Resources: Somos Ilegales Cuando La Ley Está Contra La Gente. Stand with us in support of the black community in America, who has endured injustice and systemic oppression for far too long.

Humans4 (Formerly Hospitality United): a non-profit organization aimed at helping strengthen local communities through various missions. Humans4 started as Hospitality United during COVID-19 a grassroots organization feeding medical workers at New York Hospitals and supporting local restaurants that are still providing food for takeout and delivery.

No Us Without You – $33 Provides groceries for one week for 4 people

SNAP State Directory of Resources: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Creative Capital: A list of recourses and grants for those who work in the arts

CORE Grants: Support to families with children who work in the food & beverage service industry

More Resources: We have put together a sheet of recourse for hospitality workers, undocumented workers, and more. This list is constantly being updated, so please let us know if you have questions or recourses we should add. Please contact us at question@ilegalmezcal.com

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Organizations We Support

Since the company began in 2006 we have supported and contributed to a number of groups working to affect social change for the better.  Apart from fundraising contributions, we host volunteer trips and mentorship programs. Please reach out to question@ilegalmezcal.com for more information. Thank you for your help in supporting these organizations!

USBG Relief FundPlanned Parenthood
Team BrownsvilleShare Our Strength
El Patojismo Niños de Guatemala
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project Casa Sotaventina Music Program
Stand With Standing Rock National Center for Transgender Equality
Lead Up Antigua Guatemala Birmingham AIDS Outreach
Earthquake Relief OaxacaEducational Scholarships in Guatemala
Marsha P Johnson Institute
WayOut LGBT
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Letter from the Founder, John Rexer

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 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.  Climate Change affects the future of agriculture, food supply, water resources, air quality, economy, health care, migration, and human rights. 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 is a list of organizations we support.

Through the 2019 profits of our apparel shop and team fundraising efforts, Ilegal raised over $50,000 for numerous charity and community organizations. For 2020, in addition to our fundraising efforts, a percentage of our gross sales up to $100,000 will be donated to charity. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

John Rexer and The Entire Ilegal Mezcal Gang