Dear friends and customers,
Over the past three weeks, we've been using our Instagram account to share resources and utilize our platform to act and promote social change. Our team of 5 is made up of individuals who all agree, without question, that All Black Lives Matter and that the movement we're in the midst of is long overdue. Individually, we've been doing the work behind the scenes to unlearn, utilize the resources available to us to act, and seek ways to commit to the fight long-term.
And as a business owner, I recognize that it's my responsibility to set an example, to be willing to listen to constructive criticism of my own behavior, and to foster a work environment that actively supports diversity–in the way that I hire employees and in the brands that I choose to stock. There are ways in which I can be better about all of these things, and my eyes have been opened.
Below is a list of resources and media we've been finding useful and will continue to add to.
We're in this together, for today and tomorrow and the long haul.
A couple of fantastic resources with very thorough lists of information across all categories:
Fantasy World Master List of Resources on How to Dismantle Systemic Racism - An overwhelmingly dense doc of resources that span every category, updated regularly.
Resource Document for This Moment by Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes - A doc with lots of recommendations for ways you can act, and lots of recommendations for things to read, podcasts to listen to and articles to check out.
Something to do: If you're looking to do some serious learning, Rachel Cargle's #DoTheWork course, is a 30 day course (delivered to your inbox) with daily assignments and reading to help you unpack and understand all of the different facets of systemic racism. - Caroline
Something to watch: 13th is a 2016 documentary by the incredible Ava DuVernay (available on Netflix) that demonstrates how deeply racist the US justice system has always been, from the ratification of the 13th Amendment (which abolished slavery) to the contemporary prison-industrial complex. - Alyx
Something to listen to: Justice in America: Episode 20 with Mariame Kaba is critical listening for those who wish to understand prison abolition better. Mariame Kaba is a longtime organizer and champion of prison industrial complex (PIC) abolition, among other things. In the episode, she breaks down transformative and restorative justice (TJ and RJ) and dares us all to imagine a world without prisons. - Esther