BLACK LIVES MATTER
As an agency, we recognize our privilege and our responsibility in speaking out and taking action to promote equity for all people facing injustice and systemic disadvantages. We stand in solidarity with our community in seeking justice for George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement and are committed to supporting black people and amplifying their voices. There are many examples throughout history where systemic racism has pervaded the justice system, and each of us in society has a personal responsibility to combat this by holding our law enforcement officials and other inequitable systems of power accountable when human rights are denied and lives are stolen.
To start, we must utilize the resources available to us in an effort to educate ourselves about the historical disparity that black people in our society experienced and continue to experience. Only by having a commitment to our own personal education and unlearning our biases can we work to uplift and amplify the marginalized voices of those who have been silenced and mistreated, and see real change come to fruition we remain committed to listening to and advocating for black, indigenous, people of color, and continuing to financially support the organizations and nonprofits that are working hard towards a more equitable future for all.
Additionally, we have made a $2,500 donation to the National Birth Equity Collaborative, a fantastic group who are committed to providing training and technical assistance for organizations, communities, and stakeholders whose primary focus is achieving health and birth equity. NBEC creates solutions that optimize Black maternal and infant health through training, policy advocacy, research, and community-centered collaboration. They also use a customized set of strategic racial equity training sessions covering how racism shows up in levels of power, leadership, and worldviews, and how to identify and apply this knowledge to dismantle the root causes of health inequities.
We are also matching donations from our employees and candidates to other similar equity-centered non-profits up to $5,000. Candidates who would like to participate in this donation matching can simply forward a receipt from their donation to email@example.com.This work of reconciliation and progress goes beyond acknowledging our privilege as an agency and donating resources. We are providing resources and information to our team and communicating the need for open dialogue around race and the impact of white dominant culture that can invade any workplace. We are continuing to create internal guidelines and systems of accountability to ensure that we are consciously centering and amplifying the voices of marginalized people.
One of our core values as a company is to celebrate and educate diversity, and we have been humbled in all the ways we can improve and work towards becoming the agency we want to be: one that is safe, affirming, and welcoming. Over the past 8 years, our company has been proud to adapt and grow in ways that serve our clients – candidates and families alike – to the best of our ability. We feel it is our continued responsibility to be open and receptive to the feedback and perspective of those who are marginalized, and we welcome you to reach out directly regarding your thoughts, impressions and experiences interacting and working with Adventure Nannies, including navigating our vetting process.
We want to acknowledge that it is not the duty of the people of color to inform and educate us, but it is our responsibility to welcome the voices of those that have historically been silenced as we continue to work to make our agency welcoming and accessible to all candidates. We heartily welcome your thoughts, and if desired, please email our CEO directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you’ll find some resources that we have found helpful as we work within ourselves to enact change. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter
Resources For Adults
- White Supremacy Culture by Tema Okun (http://www.dismantlingracism.org/uploads/4/3/5/7/43579015/okun_-_white_sup_culture.pdf)
- I’m Still Here: Black dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (http://austinchanning.com/the-book)
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (http://www.ijeomaoluo.com/writing)
- Diverse City’s Learning Series, episode 12, Understanding White Privilege (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4QGeANghj4)
- How To Support The Struggle Against Police Brutality (https://www.thecut.com/2020/05/george-floyd-protests-how-to-help-where-to-donate.html)
- George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4amCfVbA_c)
- Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/opinion/george-floyd-minneapolis.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage)
- How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (https://www.amazon.com/How-Be-Antiracist-Ibram-Kendi/dp/0525509283)
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo (https://www.amazon.com/White-Fragility-People-About-Racism/dp/0807047414)
- How To Make This Moment The Turning Point For Real Change by Barack Obama (https://medium.com/@BarackObama/how-to-make-this-moment-the-turning-point-for-real-change-9fa209806067)
- The Great Unlearn with Rachel Cargle (https://www.patreon.com/thegreatunlearn)
- Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum (https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/09/beverly-daniel-tatum-classroom-conversations-race/538758/)
- Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement by Premilla Nadasen (http://www.beacon.org/Household-Workers-Unite-P1141.aspx)
Resources For Children
- Children Of The Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton (https://www.amazon.com/Child-Civil-Rights-Movement-Shelton/dp/0385376065/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538958996&sr=8-1&keywords=children+of+the+civil+rights+movement)
- On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children’s Right (https://www.amazon.com/Our-Way-Oyster-Bay-CitizenKid/dp/1771383259/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538958910&sr=8-1&keywords=on+our+way+to+oyster+bay)
- The Snowy Day, A Letter to Amy, Hi, Cat!, and Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats (https://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/ezras-characters/peter/)
- Saturday by Oge Mora (https://www.lbyr.com/titles/oge-mora/saturday/9780316431279/)
- The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/10/books/review/12bookshelf-black-lives.html)
- Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham (https://www.dottirpress.com/not-my-idea)
Title image: © 2016 Pacific Press