Thank you to our community. We see you, we hear you and we stand with you. Over the past week we’ve taken a step back to pause, listen and reflect.
We’ve begun to have important and difficult conversations internally on how we can address Anti-Black racism. We are committed to doing better, doing more and we also recognize that words are not enough without the actions to support them.
As a first step toward what we hope can be a better future, we are donating $50,000 to Black Lives Matter, Black Youth Helpline, Black Health Alliance, Black Legal Action Centre and the Black Coalition for Aids Prevention. We will also be investing in educational programs for our employees, committing to more inclusive and diverse representation, and will be meeting on a regular basis to address the important issues facing our staff and communities.
We will not stop here.
We're committed to act and help, and hope you are too.
If you have the means to donate, below are some of the organizations that support Black Communities across Canada and North America:
Donate to Victim's Funds
Black Lives Matter Toronto
Black Lives Matter Vancouver
Black Health Alliance
Black Youth Helpline
Black Women In Motion
Black Legal Action Centre
Black Coalition for Aids Prevention
DESTA Black Youth Network
Black Space Winnipeg
If you do not have the means to donate, there are many other means of non-monetary Anti-racism support:
2. SIGN A PETITION
+ any and all other petitions in support of Justice for Black victims and the Black community
When They See Us
The Skin We're In
Dear White People
See You Yesterday
What Happened, Miss Simone
Who Killed Malcom X
She's Gotta Have it
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Hate U Give
I Am Not Your Negro
Black Lives Matter activist videos
+ support podcasts produced and featuring Black artists
Me and White Supremacy
How To Be An Antiracist
So You Want To Talk About Race
How We Get Free
America's Original Sin
The Fire Next Time
Between The World And Me
The Fire This Time
I'm Still Here
Mindful Of Race
This Book Is Anti-Racist
Stamped From The Beginning
The Color of Law
+ support Black authors, poets and journalists
+ like, comment, share, re-post and encourage your friends to do the same
7. SHOW UP
Check in on your Black friends, family, loved ones and colleagues.
Educate yourself on what it means to be Anti-racist.
Have difficult conversations with non-Black, friends and family, and keep having them. Hold those close to you accountable.
Share and repost resources to educate those around you.
Write to your elected officials.
Amplify Black voices in your community that need to be heard.
Support Black owned businesses and artists.
Keep supporting after the outrage dies down.
Become a meaningful ally, and get involved.
For a full and comprehensive list of ways to help, please click here.
We welcome you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to see more organizations or resources added to this list.