“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde
Hey Mulgrave… What can you do to get engaged in the rise of global movements against racism beyond just a post for #blackouttuesday? This post is a place to start with some resources and links to organizations taking on this challenge firsthand…
While protests continue and the steady stream of #blacklivesmatter posts continue to consume our newsfeeds, the fight against racism in Canada, the U.S. and abroad is far from over… We know it’s easy to feel helpless in the wake of these traumatic and violent events, but if the weekend’s protests have taught us anything, it’s that now is the time to take action. We’ve rounded up the many ways that you can amplify forces for change in Vancouver, Canada and the world right now from making a donation to signing a petition and more.
These are derived directly from a variety of online sources….
SUPPORT BLACK LIVES MATTER VANCOUVER: The Vancouver chapter of BLM, that works “to draw attention to our largely invisibilized communities, celebrate people of colour and work in solidarity with other Black Lives Matter chapters across North America.” You can also check out the US based Black Lives Matter site to learn more and find out what you can do as an ally or person of colour to support change now! You can also checkout BLM Toronto for resources.
CHECK OUT how to support BLM in the US here
SIGN A PETITION: While there are many @change.org or @colourofchange petitions you could sign in the United States, your actions may be more powerful in Canada. Check out what’s happening in your communities. In Toronto, there are petitions about “Justice for Regis”. Read her story here or check out petitions here.
SUPPORT THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD
Financial support can go to those most closely impacted and those most directly on the ground. To that end, there’s a GoFundMe, the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund, which is being organized by Floyd’s brother, Philonise, in order to cover the costs of George’s funeral, as well as grief counseling, court proceedings, and to continue seeking justice. Additionally, you can support Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block, two Minneapolis-based groups that work within the racial justice space.
BE AN ALLY AND GET EDUCATED
If you are not a person of colour and you want to be an ally, listen more and speak less. Do your own research. Reading about Black history and experiences and viewing media/art produced by Black people. Toronto-based bookstore, A Different Booklist, specializes in multicultural literature, and Montreal’s Librairie Racines sells titles almost entirely written by black or racialized authors.
ANTI-RACISM RESOURCE LIST: http://antiracismforbeginners.com/
The resources in this doc are a good starting point so that you can remove your fears and educate yourself. This is a starting point. We have a lot to learn and un-learn — consider this part of our lifelong journey of anti-racism. Let’s get started!
SPEAK OUT AGAINST RACISM
It’s important to speak out against racism in conversations in your everyday life, including with your family and friends. If you are white, you have privilege that people of colour do not have. We all have a responsibility to use our privilege, whatever that may be, to make a difference and work against racism and discrimination of all forms.
JOIN THE GLOBAL NOMADS TEAM @ MULGRAVE: This Grade 7 to 12 student leadership team at Mulgrave focusses on getting our school engaged in important conversations and action that support the UN sustainable Development Goals which includes fighting for diversity and inclusion, equality and equity and social justice for all. Although this team has finished its work for this year, we will be back full force in September. Check your emails for opportunities to get involved.
LEARN ABOUT AND SUPPORT CANADIAN ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZATIONS
Black in BC Community Support Fund for COVID-19(BC): A fundraiser for a low-barrier, emergency, micro-grant program for Black people in B.C., who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Black Space Winnipeg (Winnipeg): Black Space Winnipeg is a grassroots organization that looks to “spread perspectives of Afrocentrism, and Pro-Black conversation, Black Space Winnipeg creates safe spaces for people of colour through hosting community events, artist demonstrations and workshops.”
Black Liberation Collective (various universities): Black Liberation Collectives are an international movement of students challenging anti-Black racism in post-secondary institutions. The BLC began in Canada at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto in 2015.
Hogan’s Alley Society (Vancouver): A non-profit organization committed to researching, preserving and publicizing Black history in Vancouver and B.C.
The Black Youth Helpline (Toronto) aims to prevent the social and psychological breakdown in communities through a focus on education, health and community development.
And the Federation of Black Canadians is a national, non-profit organization, driven by organizations across the country that advances the social, economic, political and cultural interests of Canadians of African descent.
Black Youth Helpline (Canada-wide): Originally started in Manitoba, the Black Youth Helpline focuses on community development and support for Black youth across Canada.
Black Women In Motion (Toronto): A organization that support the advancement of black women in Toronto through educational tools, economic opportunities and cultural content.