How to Support Black Lives Matter? June 07 2020
I'm having a hard time writing our weekly newsletter and focusing on menus with so much unrest in the world in the fallout of the death of George Floyd - and so many others.
I'm floundering trying to comprehend, to let the weight of the deep injustice and embedded racism in our country that is experienced by so many Black people and People of Color on a daily basis - and so brutally exposed, yet again - really fall on my shoulders.
I'm wondering how do I, as a white individual and as a business owner, take this opportunity to help create lasting, structural change?
I grew up in Washington DC, where most of my family is, and saw the segregation and inequity in our capital.
How to acknowledge so much pain experienced for so long?
Even just looking at our weekly menus, there is so much flavor and inspiration and diversity thanks to dishes from Black communities and cultures from all over the world that I have been privileged to cook and feed to you.
There's so much to say, and yet it seems the most helpful course of action is to stop and listen. To learn and start with change within ourselves. And to act and support based on our learning and what Black communities are communicating.
So, I've included resources below sent out recently in a newsletter by Streetside Studios in Boulder, a Black-owned business founded by Rico Changeux (who has been teaching dance for 30+ years and has danced professionally with legends like Michael Jackson, Usher, and Britney Spears!).
They are asking us to listen to put our $ where our mouth is and to educate ourselves.
I have taken African Dance lessons over the years at the studio and gotten thoroughly humbled with the coordination and rhythmic sense and sheer cardio it takes to dance in those classes. I love the drums and the grounding connection to the earth through the feet. I would highly recommend that class and studio, and they are offering Zoom classes.
And, for another thorough educational resource, please check out http://antiracismforbeginners.com.
I'm also looking into collecting donations to organizations working for racial justice through our site, however the laws are a bit confusing. If you are a lawyer or happen to know what is required, please let me know.
And contact me, too, if you have ideas of how Back to Basics Kitchen can support racial justice and equality.
Educating Ourselves About RacismResources for learning and donating
"Diving into the world of anti-racism for the first time can be confronting. It may feel challenging to understand your place and where to begin with educating yourself.
Luckily, there are endless resources online to help you learn about anti-racism work, dismantle the unconscious biases that exist within yourself, and take action to create a more just society. This document is a compilation of resources and educators that have and continue to help me."
From Streetside Studios in Boulder:
We ask that you help us support the Black community not just right now, but throughout this period of change and beyond.
In the short-term: Please consider making donations to organizations that work with local government entities to enact change and help peaceful protesters.
In the long-term: By supporting Black businesses, you put your money where your mouth is, supporting the community in providing jobs, economic security and places for people of color to be seen and safe.
1. Donate to Organizations Against Police Brutality
- Equal Justice Initiative: Organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons.
- Mission: “The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”
- Campaign Zero: Organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the U.S.
- Mission: “Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America. We are calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end this violence and hold police accountable.”
Colorado Freedom Fund: Provide bail relief to protesters and other individuals across the state of Colorado. CFF has also been providing protest updates on its webpage.
Mission: “Founded in 2018, Colorado Freedom Fund (CFF) is a revolving fund that pays ransom (posts money bond, pays cash bail) for people unable to afford the cost of buying their own freedom.”
Unicorn Riot: Nonprofit media collective dedicated to exposing the root causes of social, economic, and environmental issues.
Mission: “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.”
Source & descriptions: Rolling Stone
2. Support Black-Owned Businesses in Boulder and Denver
- Welton Street Cafe | Soul Food | Denver
- Whittier Cafe | Coffee | Denver
- bar helix | Cocktails | Denver
- Smith + Canon | Ice Cream | Denver
- Le French | Bakery & Cafe | Denver
- Novel Strand | Brewery | Denver
- African Grill & Bar | African Cuisine | Denver
- Nola Tavern | Cajun Food | Denver
Personal & Professional Services
- Streetside Studios | Dance Studio | Boulder
- Pa Productions | Corporate Video | Denver
- Let Me Show You Different | Commercial Stylist | Denver
- Curious Sunshine | Wellness Workshops | Denver
- Black Esthetics & Artistry | Makeup Artist | Denver
- McCord Consulting | Organizational Consulting | Boulder
3. Educate Yourself
- Talk About Trayvon | Toolkit for White People
- Healing in Action | A Toolkit for Healing Justice
- Understanding Conflict | Tools for Addressing Conflict
- Anti-Racism Resources for White People
- 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship
For a full list, check out this list of resources.