Black Lives Matter - Resources to Learn, Act, and Make a DifferenceBy Divya Gugnani | Nov 02, 2021
At Wander Beauty, our culture is one of teamwork, respect, integrity, and learning. These are not just words printed on offer letters but rather values by which we live and operate all day, every day.
Our hearts are broken by the recent events which again exposed the inequality that plagues our society.
As a team, we have talked about what’s happening in our country and also mobilized our community to stand in solidarity with the Black community. We have made donations to Black Lives Matter, The Minnesota Freedom Fund, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, but we realize that that is not enough. We have encouraged and empowered our own team members to participate individually by matching 100% of all employee donations made to any organization that fights racial injustice and inequality. We need to take time to listen, learn, and act to effectuate real change. We’ve shared the below resources with both our team and community to read, watch, listen and learn, and better ourselves as individuals and as a society. Actions speak louder than donations and words, so we are urging everyone, internally & externally, to vote, text, and petition. We are holding ourselves accountable. We are committing ourselves to amplify the voices, stories, and perspectives of Black creators.
As Co-Founders and as mothers, we know we can’t fix anything overnight, but we are implementing daily changes in our lives and within this brand, which we co-created with our community. Together we can have an impact now and in the future. Together we must do everything in our power to dismantle racism and bias. The time to take action is now.
With Love and Solidarity,
Divya, Lindsay, and Team Wander
Where to Donate:
Organization that works with Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that ruly promote community health and safety
Minnesota-based organization working to create a political home for Black people across the state
Online platform and organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America
The nation’s largest online racial justice organization working to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America
Global network working to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe
On February 23, 2020, 25 year-old Ahmaud Arbery was chased and gunned down by Travis McMichael, son of retired Brunswick investigator Greg McMichael, under the father’s and son’s pretenses of witnessing a burglary in Satilla Shores of Glynn County. This fundraiser was designed to assist Ahmaud's mother; Ms. Wanda Cooper-Jones and her immediate family with financial support during this extreme difficult time and in their struggle for justice for the murder of Ahmaud Marquez Arbery.
National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers, and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration
Petitions to Sign:
Text FLOYD to 55156 to put pressure on district attorney Mike Freeman and demand justice
Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen. She worked at two hospitals as an essential worker during the pandemic. One month ago, a division of the Louisville Police Department performed an illegal, unannounced drug raid on her home. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her.
Register to Vote:
Vote.org is the largest non-profit, non-partisan voting registration platform in America. Register to vote, get election reminders, find your polling place or request an absentee ballot. Not sure if you're registered? Vote.org can check your voter registration status.
Fill Out the 2020 Census:
The 2020 Census is open to every person living in the United States. The Census information is used to direct federal funding as well as determining the number of congressional seats for each state.
Literature to Read:
A powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America
An indispensable resource for white people who want to challenge white supremacy but don't know where to begin
The Great Unlearn by Rachel Cargle (List of Resources)
Films to Watch:
A mini-series based on events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case and explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were falsely accused then prosecuted on charges related to the rape and assault of a woman in Central Park, New York City
The documentary film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States
A journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter
A film based on the powerful true-story Bryan Stevenson, a Black lawyer in Alabama who worked to defend those wrongly convicted or who were not afforded proper representation
Podcasts to Listen to:
A fearless conversation about race hosted by journalists of color
An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling
A take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color
Support Black-Owned Businesses:
Use their directory to find local Black-owned business to support
Books to read:
An explanation of what racism is and how to know when you see it.
An explanation of what race is and what makes each of us special.
A positive look at skin color and celebrating the beauty in diversity.
A sweet reminder that we are all human and it is okay to make mistakes.
An explanation of how people may look different on the outside and live different lives, but are similar on the inside.
Videos to watch:
Sesame Street/CNN Town Hall
A 60-minute special "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families."
Elmo talks to his good friend Lupita about skin and how it comes in all different textures and shades of color.
A TedX Talk to Support Your Conversations by Beverly Daniel Tatum
A discussion on why the way forward is to have conversations, even a conversation with a [five] year old.
An infographic explaining how young children notice and think about race.
These are the first of many steps in the right direction:
Spotlighting more Black creators across all of our channels
Evaluating our assortment, acknowledging where we can do better and taking action
Continuing to educate ourselves, our team and our community
We will continue to share more resources and ways to help on our Instagram @Wander_Beauty