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Taking Action – Black lives matter

Taking action is important to me. Black lives matter. I stand for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black lives that have been lost. I want to consciously take time to learn of my own biases and evaluate how I can help moving forward. I want to support Black makers and creatives. I am making a choice to stand up for what is right and I am working on acting on that. Please take time to learn from Black leaders and support Black owned businesses. Below is a small list of where you can start:

Follow along with @blkmakersmatter, this is a brand new platform which is lead by a group of Black sewists!

The Great Unlearn

Donate:
Social Justice Sewing Academy
Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Momentum Fund
We Love Lakestreet
Justice for Breonna
George Floyd Memorial Fund
Campaign Zero
Color of Change

My plan going forward:

  • make a conscious effort in sharing Black creative’s work
  • make a conscious effort in asking Black creatives to pattern test (and to fairly compensated them for their time and effort)
  • donate (making a monthly contribution to Social Justice Sewing Academy as well as a donation to Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Momentum Fund is where I’ve started)
  • I am working on setting up a college scholarship for my community specifically for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) who are pursuing degrees in creative and/or business related fields, will plan to keep you posted on that
  • continue to educate myself and my family, talk to friends and community members and stand up for the BIPOC community

This is how I’m beginning. I wanted to share this here to let you know where I stand. I believe in human rights, I believe that Black lives matter. This is not a checklist to move through and then forget about, but a reminder for myself of what promises I want to keep. I am still learning (and unlearning) and want to continue to learn. I do apologize for not speaking out about this sooner. I want to continue to seek out ways I can improve. I am one person, but I don’t want to sit idly by and watch without taking action.

Also, please take time to read this message explaining why it’s harmful to say “All Lives Matter”.

 

6 thoughts on “Taking Action – Black lives matter

  1. Kathy Johnson says:

    Love these ideas for constructive and meaningful change and progress.

  2. Kim B says:

    A wonderful post and I love your ideas — it’s especially wonderful that you are going to fund a scholarship.

    Thank you for your post, Anna.

  3. Eleanor says:

    I was at a march yesterday (with a Social Justice Sewing Academy pattern based banner), and I met a woman who was kicked out of her online quilting group for making a BLM banner, so I think it is safe to say that this is an area that the sewing community as a whole can stand to work on. I know I am doing my own needed work, and I applaud your work, too.

  4. Susan Golden says:

    Thank you.

  5. Shirley says:

    Hello Anna: I agree with your post. We all must play a part in making sure that every human being is treated with respect and basic human kindness. As a person of color, I too do not plan to sit idly by and watch without taking action. This is an opportunity for us to seek understanding of those that look different; yet, are not so very different. Perhaps, we can all reimagine a world in which we see humanity and not color; while embracing the differences.

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