Below are the values I hold and the commitments I am making as an individual and as a small business owner to support racial and social justice. I am committed to operating and providing anti-racist services and programs. I am constantly learning, and unlearning, in an active effort to be anti-racist.
Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably. (Source: NAC International Perspectives: Women and Global Solidarity)
I acknowledge that we live and operate in a culture of white supremacy and that racism is inherent in the organizations, systems, institutions and policies of our nation.
I am committed to ongoing anti-racist education and learning. This is not a one-time thing. Antiracism must be active. I attend workshops, read books and participate in discussion groups to explore my role in perpetuating racist systems and identify and take action to change.
How I’m taking action: I have a list of resources including books, podcasts and courses that I am participating in. I set aside time each week to continue learning individually and in group settings. If you have suggestions, please share them with me.
I am open to being called in or called out on my mistakes.
How this shows up in my life and business: When conflict arises, I do my best to acknowledge, name and learn from it. This process is often uncomfortable, and I know that true growth and change comes from leaning into challenges and discomfort. I will not shy away from difficult conversations about white supremacy or racism.
I am committed to investing a portion of my business revenue to BIPOC and LGBTQI communities.
How this shows up in my business: I make an ongoing monthly payment to Tacoma Does Reparations, which disperses funds to Black folx in the Tacoma area who are woman-identified, including transgender women, femmes, and gender non-conforming and cis Black folx. Reparations are defined as the fundamental repair and repayment of the debt owed from historical and continued devastation to the descendants of Enslaved Black people. Reparations are not donations and are not charity.
I donate my services and programs to BIPOC or LGBTQI organization fundraisers, and proudly sponsor local Pride events. I seek out opportunities to collaborate with BIPOC individuals and organizations.
I encourage you to invest in organizations in your local community.
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