Black Lives Matter
As you all know, It has been a heavy week and we are devastated by the injustice and racism experienced by people of colour across the globe. While our platform may be small, we truly believe every voice makes a difference and we are committed to helping put an end to this incredible injustice.
Below we have compiled a list of resources both within Canada and the US. These resources include everything from valuable reading material, to powerful voices to follow and places to donate.
In addition to this from May 30th until June 5th, we will be donating $5 from every sale to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
For any of our BIPOC followers, customers or friends: I know that we will never understand the pain you have gone through, but we stand with you. We support you and we are committed to do better.
*The below is by no means a complete list. We will continue to update this as we continue educating ourselves on these topics.*
Organizations to Support and Ways to Donate
- Black Lives Matter (Global) "Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes."
- Black Legal Action Centre (Canada) "BLAC delivers legal aid services to low and no income Black Ontarians. We work to combat individual and systemic anti-Black racism"
- Nia Centre for the Arts (Canada) "We strive to build the creative capacities and support the development of a healthy identity in Black youth. "
- Hogan's Alley Society (Canada) "a non-profit organization composed of civil rights activists, business professionals, community organizations, artists, writers and academics committed to daylighting the presence of Black history in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia."
- Black Youth Helpline (Canada) "Primary prevention of social, psychological breakdown in communities through a focus on education, health and community development."
- Black Women in motion (Canada) "Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black women and survivors of sexual violence."
- Black Health Alliance (Canada) "The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada."
- Canadian Race Relations Foundation (Canada) - "The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is Canada's leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society."
- NAACP (USA) "The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons."
- Minnesota Freedom Fund (USA) "The Freedom Fund remains committed to #FreeThemAll. We say again: it is wrong to cage people, to jail those who are not a risk to themselves or their communities, to imprison those who cannot afford to pay the ransom of bail, and to hold in detention those whose “crime” is being born in a different part of the world. "
- Black Visions Collective (USA) "Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems."
- Unicorn Riot (USA) "Unicorn Riot is a decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists. Our work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world."
- The Innocence Project (USA) "The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment."
- "Policing Black Lives" - Robyn Maynard
- "The Skin We're In" - Desmond Cole
- "How to be an Antiracist" - Ibram X. Kendi
- "Between the World and Me" - Ta-Nehisi Coates
- "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement" -Angela Y. Davis
- "Americanah" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- "Just Mercy" - Bryan Stevenson
- "Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race" - Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo
- So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor - Layla Saad
- The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
Sign a Petition
- NAACP #WeAreDoneDying Petition
- Movement for Black Lives Petition - "Sign on to push our elected officials to take brave and bold action to make sure our communities are not left behind!"
- Color of Change petition for George Floyd "Demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder."
- BLM Defund the Police Petition "We call for a national defunding of police. We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive."
- 15% Pledge "Join our mission as we call on major retailers to pledge 15% of their shelf space to black-owned businesses."
Organizations and Powerful voices to follow
We will continue to add to this list as we continue educating ourselves on this topic, but if you feel you have a resource that could add value, please feel free to email or DM @shopemmaknudsen
Additionally, we want to make an open call, for any black women or POC who wish to do a guest article on the blog and our social channels to further educate our audience or spotlight their business, to please be in contact with us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org