Photo from The Anti-Racism Community Collective Facebook page, taken at the K-W Solidarity March on June 3rd, 2020.
Over the past four weeks, we've witnessed thousands of locals come together to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Over 30,000 attended the Solidarity March in Kitchener, with thousands more speaking up on social media.
While we can't speak for the BIPOC community, we can amplify their voices and make sure they are heard.
Here is a list of anti-racism resources, and local BIPOC initiatives/organizations that would welcome your support.
The Anti-Racism Community Collective: https://www.facebook.com/the.arcc.ontario/
Black Lives Matter WR - Community Solidarity Fund: https://ca.gofundme.com/f/b5sv9-black-lives-matter?fbclid=IwAR3yGKywSlWEGsZE6Vt45UH5EOdhxCyx_w-5f9Frjznqt0hJeAkvy_wVvTM
"What More Can I Do?": Resources and suggestions from the perspective of a local advocate: https://www.maliyahshanelle.com/blog/whatmorecanido?fbclid=IwAR1L2GLmPFZSKpR7zUWrXrwIIwlUW9jnVrlP_oxTGbLxAUYbWO708Joutoo
Essential reading: Primer in Anti-Racism and White Privilege: https://trulyalivefoundation.org/a-primer-in-anti-racism-and-white-privilege/?fbclid=IwAR3NH_uBDzDWhc7MX0ljwAAjgQM28gwHlcgfBMCB1Hfo2h-pVlKnUjcPL7M
Looking for local organizations to contribute to?
Here are some African, Caribbean and Black-Led/Owned Organizations and Initiatives in the Waterloo Region:
African Community Wellness Initiative
CARE for Black Girls
Young City Growers
Bring on the Sunshine
Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region
UW Black Association for Student Expressions
UW African Student’s Association
Laurier African Student’s Association
Association of Black Students (Laurier)
Black Women’s Congress
African Family Revival Organization (AFRO)
African Canadian Association of Waterloo Region
Racial Justice Network – Waterloo Region
Multicultural Community Gardens Project
Black Lives Matter – Waterloo Region
Juici Yoga studio- Waterloo
Freedom Cycle - Kitchener