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Friday, June 05, 2020

Ottawa, June 5, 2020 – Needed Words

I am 100% on the side of Black people in the fight against anti-Black racism. I believe there is no other side, this is the side of humanity.

I will continue to use my social media platforms to amplify the voices of women and gender non conforming writers and artists who are BIPOC, D/deaf and disabled, 2SLGBTQ, and men who are supportive allies, and to share helpful information and resources on all my social media platforms. At this time, I will focus on supporting the Black community.

When I can afford it, I will donate to Black causes at this particular time and causes that help racialized and marginalized communities, sex workers and the economically disadvantaged in general.

I will prioritize the works of women and gender nonconforming Black, Indigenous, D/deaf and disabled, 2SLGBTQ creators in my reading, listening, watching, studying, reviewing, publishing activities.

I will not center myself as I share this info.

I understand that as a middle-class white woman, I have privilege to access financial, career and societal opportunities due to structural hierarchies of capitalism and colonialism, and I accept that I will always have to address biases that I may not have realized I had that come from this privilege. I will engage in ongoing education by reading works that deal with the issues of hate, injustice and inequality, and the consequences of these issues.

I acknowledge that I have made mistakes in the past where I haven’t understood that I come from a place of privilege, and that I shall likely make more mistakes. I will acknowledge and apologize and work on being a better ally.

Thanks to all who have shared information and resources to raise funds and awareness, and to encourage learning. There’s a lot of work to be done.

Ottawa’s In Our Tongues Reading and Art Series has crowd-sourced a list of helpful resources to support the Black community. It’s a good beginning for those who would like to help and learn more.

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