Black Lives Matter : A statement from Salt + Sage

10% OF ALL SALES will be donated to Black Lives Matter.

The racial injustice in our world is being fully revealed. As a person with privilege, are you looking away to avoid the discomfort, or are allowing yourself to be forced into the uncomfortable and finding the courage to face it?

This work means you must face yourself. The ability to opt out of the conversation/the work of dismantling your privilege in this world IS a privilege.

Whatever your religious or spiritual inclinations, we are all here in our bodies to have the human experience. To deny the fact that some bodies are being systematically mistreated solely on the way they look is inhuman in nature.


We can do better.
We can be better.

 

We also recognize at Salt + Sage that we can do more to represent all lives in our media to foster a message of inclusivity for all. If you are a person of colour who would be interested in being featured in our blog, or featured in our photos please send us an email at cayla@saltandsage.ca

 

Systemic racism is not ok.

Police Brutality is not ok.

Remaining Silent when it is time to act is not ok.

 

The following is a non exhaustive list of Resources for Action.

(c/o Emma Knudsen)

 

Organizations to Support and Ways to Donate

  •  Black Lives Matter (Global) "Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes." 
  • Black Legal Action Centre (Canada) "BLAC delivers legal aid services to low and no income Black Ontarians. We work to combat individual and systemic anti-Black racism"
  • Nia Centre for the Arts (Canada) "We strive to build the creative capacities and support the development of a healthy identity in Black youth. "
  • Hogan's Alley Society (Canada) "a non-profit organization composed of civil rights activists, business professionals, community organizations, artists, writers and academics committed to daylighting the presence of Black history in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia."
  • Black Youth Helpline (Canada) "Primary prevention of social, psychological breakdown in communities through a focus on education, health and community development."
  • Black Women in motion (Canada) "Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black women and survivors of sexual violence."
  • Black Health Alliance (Canada) "The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada."
  • Canadian Race Relations Foundation (Canada) - "The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is Canada's leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society."
  • NAACP (USA) "The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons."
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund (USA) "The Freedom Fund remains committed to #FreeThemAll. We say again: it is wrong to cage people, to jail those who are not a risk to themselves or their communities, to imprison those who cannot afford to pay the ransom of bail, and to hold in detention those whose “crime” is being born in a different part of the world. "
  • Black Visions Collective (USA) "Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems."
  • Unicorn Riot (USA) "Unicorn Riot is a decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists. 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."
  • The Innocence Project (USA) "The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment."

 

Reading Material

  • "Policing Black Lives" -  Robyn Maynard
  • "The Skin We're In" - Desmond Cole
  • "How to be an Antiracist" - Ibram X. Kendi
  • "Between the World and Me" - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement" -Angela Y. Davis
  • "Americanah" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • "Just Mercy" - Bryan Stevenson
  • "Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race" - Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo
  • So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor - Layla Saad
  • The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

Sign a Petition

Organizations and Powerful voices to follow

  • @blklivesmatter
  • @colorofchange
  • @naacp
  • @showingupforracialjustice
  • @civilrightsorg
  • @reclaimtheblock
  • @ethelsclub
  • @unitedwedream
  • @nowhitesaviours
  • @laylafsaad
  • @rachel.cargle
  • @ckyourprivilege
  • @thegreatunlearn
  • @iamrachelricketts
  • @ibramxk
  • @donte.colley
  • @rachrodgersesq
  • @yarashahidi