One of the most steadfast realities of life is that there is brokenness in the world.
Your childhood dogs runs away. A server is rude to you at your favorite restaurant. Your phone gets stolen. There is a consistent, unsettling feeling that these trivial things aren’t the way life should be. Then, the unsettling feeling grows deeper when we witness the injustices of the world that aren’t so trivial. People suffering at the hands that should protect them. Terrible violence. Children going hungry. The constant chatter of the news reminds us of the endless oppression people face. Yet, many of us are privileged enough to be able to change the channel to our favorite TV show and finish cooking dinner. We need to recognize that there are corners of the world and of our nation and cities that need us to get off the couch and help push back against the brokenness. The Black Lives Matter Movement should not be another sappy media story we eventually lose interest in and tune out. May we all remember every single day that there are voices and cries that still need to be heard.
There is so much we can do to keep propelling forward for a better world: having difficult conversations with a loved ones, digging deep to recognize biases, educating ourselves, signing petitions, donating, protesting, and advocating,
If you are feeling stuck or uncertain where/how to use your voice for others in need, here are some kickass non-profits, coalitions, and organizations who are fighting against injustice and lifting up our Black community. Some you may not have heard of, but each one is doing amazing work. Even though you may be seeing less Black Lives Matter content on your feed, the movement is far from over. There is still so much work to be done.
Black Lives Matter is a fighting for freedom, liberation and justice. You can support their work by signing up for updates, checking out resources, supporting their work and following their social media.
Black Lives Matter has a link to petitions on their website that have yet to reach their signature goals. Check it out, support and sign!
Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies. Currently, Higher Heights is working on investigating the next generation of political leaders, organizing the power of Black women voters through their #BlackWomenVote campaign and creating an environment for Black women to vote, run, win and lead!
Black Visions Collective in Minnesota aims to center their work around healing + transformative justice principles to develop and raise up amazing + powerful black leadership campaigns.
Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) is a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists, and activists committed to emotional + mental health and healing of Black communities: Check out their video, explaining their values and the work they do!
Black Girls Code mission is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and the builders of their futures through exposure to computer science and technology. Girls are learning to build apps, develop teamwork skills and build self esteem!
Black Mamas Matter is advancing Black maternal health. This Black women-lead alliance is seeking to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health rights + justice. They provide a variety of resources + help support moms before and after their pregnancy.
The Innocence Project‘s mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and bring reform to the system for their unjust imprisonment.
Black Women’s Blueprint is an amazing Black feminist organization. Their movement highlights human rights advocacy, transformative justice, critical participatory action research, and the cultural preservation of Indigenous people. Currently, these powerful women serve as a resource for sexual assault survivors and their families. Check our their mission and the great work they are doing.
Lastly, there is a seemingly-endless supply of YouTube videos we can use as a resource to educate ourselves!
Pantry Products has always pledged for diversity and equality. We strive to make sure our vendors + partners align with our values, and continue to hold space for all voices, identities and ideas while creating a positive workplace. We have been donating 10% of our weekly sales to a variety of organizations that support our Black community. Our team has been hitting the streets to participate in a peaceful protests, sign petitions, and use their available resources to contribute to fighting injustice. While there is more work to be done, we commit to continuing to reach for justice and advocate for those that need to be heard. Let’s walk alongside one another to make change and not settle for brokenness.