I stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The United States is one of so many countries around the world whose systems and wealth were built on the forced enslavement of millions of people, and the mass genocides of others, merely because of the colour of their skin. Many of these systems, and in particular those supposedly responsible for “justice” and “protection,” continue to preserve and aggravate inequality. Institutions of “law and order” are the very entities responsible for injustice and violence, especially towards black people and communities of colour, to keep old social, political, and economic hierarchies in place.
The racism and brutalities we’re seeing and hearing so much about recently are NOTHING NEW and I want to emphasise that I have no intention of shedding new light on a complex and deep-rooted issue here. There are magnitudes of resources on the issues we’re seeing today; for centuries, activists, writers, academics, politicians, and journalists have documented and spoke up on the need for structural change.
I want to share with you all Women & The World’s commitment to promoting these resources.
There are so many books, articles, companies, foundations, and people that are excellent resources in understanding how to better make sense of everything that’s unfolding, and how to best take action (because we ALL need to take action) in particular for non-black allies of the movement. So with this, the Women & The World newsletter will give particular attention to news/media/companies focused on Black Lives Matter and any relevant resources.
I welcome and appreciate your feedback, ideas, articles, resources, collaborations in relation to the topic, and current Black Lives Matter movement.
⚖️Historic wins for women of color as nation protests systemic racism: As the nation remained gripped by widespread protests against police brutality and systemic racism, black and Hispanic women won elections in multiple states on Tuesday while Representative Steve King, a nine-term congressman with a long history of racist remarks, was ousted in a Republican primary in Iowa. And as the coronavirus pandemic upended the election process, with millions of absentee ballots flooding clerks offices and consolidated polling locations leading to hours-long waits in cities across the country, a determined electorate pushed turnout past 2016 levels in nearly all of the eight states that held primary contests. Full Story
🌷New Zealand tackles 'period poverty' with free sanitary products for all schoolgirls: Girls in New Zealand high schools will no longer have to pay for sanitary products after the government announced. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said sanitary supplies for a monthly period were not a luxury, but a necessity and too many girls were skipping school because they weren’t able to afford pads and tampons. Full Story
🎥8 journalists on reporting while Black, with the weight of history on their shoulders: Before Errin Haines took her current job as the editor-at-large of The 19th, a soon-to-launch nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender and politics, she was the national race writer for the Associated Press. “A lot of the work I did was around the killings of unarmed Black people by the police,” she says. “And when I moved on from that job, I thought I had moved on from that work. I certainly didn’t think I would be doing this work in the midst of a pandemic. But here we are.” “Here” is in the middle of dual public health crises: the coronavirus—which has claimed more than 100,000 lives and affected people of color with disproportionate force—and racism. Across all 50 states and around the world, people have taken to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other victims of state-sanctioned violence, risking their lives to call for change. On the ground with them, Black reporters are bearing a unique burden. The undercurrent of civil unrest, frustration, and grief isn’t just a familiar headline; it’s personal. For Black women in the media, who have to contend with both racism and sexism, the cost is steep. Hear from eight journalists as they reflect on what it means to do their jobs in this era. Full Story
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📚17 books about racial inequality for young readers: one of my favorites in this collection is Lupita Nyong'o's book "Sulwe". Sulwe is a powerful and magical celebration of Black girls that addresses colorism with emotional depth and empowerment, inspiring children to see their own unique beauty. The illustrations are breathtaking, and the book as a whole is whimsical and just gorgeous.
👑Meghan Markle speaks out in support of Black Lives Matter: “The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.”
👁Brands that are serious about making changes for the better should look to voices in the Black community for guidance, voices like Diarra Bousso’s. Born and raised in Senegal, she launched her line Diarrablu in 2015 with a unique mission: to merge her love of math and algorithms with her artisanal heritage. It’s grown to become a prime example of how a fashion brand can prioritize both sustainability and inclusivity.
🧶These incredible fashion boxes filled with cancelled orders from Topshop and Gap have 50% off (and support factory workers) They've provided support for over 60,000 garment workers in just one week!
🚲‘Lionhearted’ girl bikes dad across India, inspiring a nation: A 15-year-old migrant girl pedaled hundreds of miles to bring her injured father back to their home village. India’s cycling federation has taken notice.
🎤Check out this playlist with 24 hours worth of podcasts, writing, analysis and discussion to understand systemic racism, white supremacy and the experiences of black people, indigenous people and people of colour.
🧠Brain food: Curious on how be a better ally to the Black Lives Matter Movement? Here's 8 ideas from Boss Women Collective:
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