• Melissa Sanabria

WE HAVE WORK TO DO.

Last week, I actively listened to the Black voices being lifted in our community. I have had, and continue to have, difficult conversations with friends and family, including my 5 year old, about racism, inequality, and white privilege. Like so many of you, I realized that I am not doing enough as an individual or as a business owner to be anti-racist nor to actively support Black communities.


In the past week, we took some immediate actions and also made a plan going forward to promote meaningful and lasting change. This plan is a starting point and I look forward to seeing it evolve over time as we commit to ongoing education, reflection, conversation, and action. Our goal is to incorporate concrete anti-racist practices into our daily lives, at home and at work, to ensure we continue to do the personal work as well as work in our community to build an inclusive, just, and compassionate world for our children. We have a lot of work to do.


Here are a few of the actions that we took last week:

  • Donated $2000 to DC Diaper Bank, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and contributed to the GoFundMe reparations campaign to provide a Home for Chloe and Chase

    .

  • Purchased Catrice Jackson's

    book White Spaces Missing Faces to do our personal work and support her business.

  • Discovered and shared information and links to promote Black makers, artists, businesses, and organizations on our social platforms.


Long-term action plan to continue to uplift Black communities


We are committed to keep listening, learning, and actively promoting meaningful and lasting change. Going forward, we will:


  1. Amplify. Continue to amplify melanted voices by featuring more Black artists, makers, educators, and businesses on our social channels.

  2. Support. Prioritize sourcing from Black-owned shops, artisans, and brands.

  3. Give. Donate 10% of Sanabria & Co’s profits to organizations that support Black communities. Each member of the Sanabria & Co team will have the opportunity to select an organization to support each quarter; we look forward to sharing our progress with you!


To get organized and to make it easy for us - and you! - to take action, we have compiled several lists of creatives to follow and share, educators to learn from and support, organizations to give to, and resources for teaching our children. There are far too many to include in a single post, so we plan to continue to share them here and on our Instagram

, Facebook
, and Pinterest
platforms. This is just the beginning and we are ready to roll up our sleeves.


Interior Designers to follow:


Artists, makers, and entrepreneurs to follow and support:


Educators to follow and read:


Resources for teaching kids to be anti-racist:


"Ten is when children begin to hide who they are in order to become what the world expects them to be… The way power justifies controlling a group is by conditioning the masses to believe that the group cannot be trusted.” - Untamed, Glennon Doyle


10 anti-racism books for children:


Other great resources for children:


Local Black-owned bookstores you can shop online:


District of Columbia / Maryland

Virginia


Organizations to donate to support Black communities:


NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.

Center for Black Equity

As the Global leader of the Black LGBTQ+ Pride movement, CBE breaks barriers to accessing employment and opportunity through equipping community leaders with the tools, experiences, and knowledge that enable them to unlock the leadership and problem-solving potential of themselves and others.


The Loveland Foundation

The Loveland Foundation seeks to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, they contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities they serve.

The Conscious Kid

The Conscious Kid is an education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth. In partnership with organizations, children’s museums, schools, and families across the country, they promote access to children’s books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups.

SoGal

SoGal is the largest global platform for the education and empowerment of diverse entrepreneurs and investors. Their mission is to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital.

The Okra Project

The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally-specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever they can be reached.

While these lists are by no means exhaustive, we hope they are helpful resources as we work to be actively anti-racist and promote visible, long-term change. Have you come across any resources that have helped shift your perspective? Or do you have suggestions on what else we can do to help? We would love to hear from you.


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