Lastly, and most importantly: the world feels like it’s on fire, and I’d rather put my energies towards more helpful and useful things, like raising up the voices of others, petition signing, and donating to causes, than working on this self-elected project. This feels a little late to the game, but it’s better than staying silent and complicit with systems of oppression and racism, IMO.
Here are some links and resources to causes that you can support, as well as start your own educational process. (As I’m based in Toronto, I’ve chosen mostly North American causes):
EDUCATION (don’t expect the BIPOC folks in your life to educate you, do it yourself, here are some places to start)
- Here is an interview on the podcast Call Your Girlfriend with longtime police and prison abolitionist, educator, and organizer, Mariame Kaba, discussing police abolition. This is just the beginning of a lot of amazing discussions, just browse their catalogue and you’re guaranteed to find some amazing discussions. This takes honestly the least amount of energy to do some self-education.
- Speaking of Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, they wrote a book, and you can preorder it!
- Here is one of many lists of Black writers that you can read. Honestly, this is just scratching the surface. I will be the first to say that I need to step up in my education, and I intend to do the work.
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo This one is on the top of my personal “to read” list.
- Samantha Irby came into my life through multiple podcast interviews. She gives amazing interviews, and this compelled me to purchase her latest book, Wow, No Thank You.
DONATIONS (descriptions pulled from websites of each organization)
- Afro Biz is a Toronto-based organization that connects you with Black-owned businesses that you can support.
- The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.
- The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada.
- The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.
- Black Lives Matter Toronto
These lists, by no means, are exhaustive. They are just channels that I have tapped for myself, and am sharing with y’all. In true millennial spirit: You have the internet (I’m assuming), you have some type of computer (a phone is a computer), do a Google, start somewhere. There’s literally no excuse to not being engaging with this topic and doing the work to make this a better, more equitable world