Black Lives Matter
The attacks on our African American community over the past several months have been horrific, heartbreaking, and unrelenting – but even worse, it is the reality that people of color have endured for generations. It is not new. It is not isolated. The killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police violence and the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery are the evidence of oppression that is widespread and systemic.
The likelihood of being a victim of violence because you are a person of color and identify as LGBTQ, in particular Black transgender women, is staggeringly high. At least a dozen transgender and gender non-conforming people have been murdered so far this year.
It has been going on far too long and the response we are seeing is far overdue.
Equity and inclusion are a core part of our mission. What we’ve seen recently, unfortunately, confirms that we have a long, long way to go. It confirms that we as a people have not been nearly urgent enough.
But we have an opportunity to ensure that the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others were not in vain. We can honor their memories by fighting to change the systems and the culture that led to their deaths. It begins with a pledge.
We pledge to be part of the solution. We are working hand-in-hand with community organizations to meet the immediate needs of populations most impacted by racism, injustice, and inequity, as well as working with community leaders on systemic solutions. We are providing resources to organizations that are addressing the injustices and inequities that exist in education, employment, and health care. Through our Springmatter Fund, which was created with this mission in mind, we are redoubling our efforts.
There is a lot of healing that needs to be done. It starts with listening. Many are suffering from the trauma of the past few months. The violence and abuse of power not only creates fear, but a hopelessness about the future – especially among our young people. We are dedicated to providing safe and inclusive spaces and helping to replace fear and uncertainty with hope.
Black Lives Matter and black lives are at stake. We are committed to help bring lasting change and working with you to create a more just and equitable world.
Our COVID response
As we navigate these unprecedented times, Springmatter is working to support our community, schools, and frontline workers. Our mission of equity and inclusion has never been more important as we strive to meet the basic needs of those who are struggling.
We are providing funding, food, and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and proudly support these organizations who are working hard to help those in need — please join us in supporting them:
- United Way COVID-19 Community Response Fund
- Ann Arbor YMCA
- Swoops Food Pantry (Eastern Michigan University)
- Eastern Michigan University SEMIS Coalition
- Neutral Zone
- Corner Health Center
- Detroit Downtown Boxing Club Youth Program – STEM Program
- Stand with Trans
- Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health
- A2IDEAS Special Education Advocacy
We are also part of the maker movement, providing the medical community and other frontline workers with much needed supplies:
- Using our 3D printing capability to build face shields and other equipment for frontline workers.
- Donating face masks, gowns, gloves, and other Personal Protective Equipment to our local hospitals.
Find out how you can become part of the Maker Works team.
Discover more about us
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC) is an advanced engineering and products company that provides innovative sensing, intelligent systems, and software solutions for space, air, and earth-bound applications. Our roots are in developing atmospheric measurement systems for aerospace customers, but we also apply these same technologies and expertise to solving problems closer to home, including clean energy, water management, and early-stage disease detection. Michigan Aerospace is part of the Springmatter™ commercialization umbrella, providing assistance to innovators and companies that need a little help bringing their concepts to life. The theme of Springmatter is to “Start Something Meaningful.” Fittingly, we established the Springmatter Fund to be intentional about our philanthropy as well. Especially meaningful to us is support for educational programming and employment opportunities to assist marginalized populations.