Kim Gordon and Fiona Apple back masks for Indigenous communities campaign

‘COVID-19 has exposed our country’s chronic systemic injustices; rates of infection are rising in overburdened Indigenous communities who lack PPE, healthcare, running water, and food’

Kim Gordon, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, and other musicians have thrown their support behind a new initiative providing face coverings to Indigenous communities across the United States, as well as funds for reproductive justice organisations.

For every face mask or bandana purchased through NOISE FOR NOW (who organised the campaign with Seeding Sovereignty), another will be donated to the Indigenous Impact Community Care Initiative to be distributed to pueblos and reservations most impacted by the coronavirus. An additional cash donation will be made to Indigenous Women Rising and the Mariposa Fund – two abortion funds serving Indigenous and undocumented people.

Other artists who’ve signed up to the initiative include Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Half Waif, Lucy Dacus, and more.

“COVID-19 has exposed our country’s chronic systemic injustices; rates of infection are rising in overburdened Indigenous communities who lack PPE, healthcare, running water, and food,” says a statement from the campaign, shared by many of the musicians on social media. “Meanwhile, politicians have used the pandemic to impose state-level restrictions on abortion access and forced temporary health center closures, making it even more difficult for many families to access care. This disproportionately impacts people with low incomes, people of colour, and those living in remote and extremely rural communities.”

In her own statement, Fiona Apple – whose latest album Fetch the Bolt Cutters acknowledges Tongva Territory (Los Angeles) as the land upon which the music was made – said: “The number of reasons to support Indigenous efforts is the same as the number of souls who inhabit the world. White gluttony tried to kill off the very people who understood the language of the land. We chose to be owners instead of guardians, and we became a cancer. If we want to survive, we must support Indigenous efforts.”

You can buy a mask through NOISE FOR NOW.