Periodically week we highlight a specific Social Justice Action Item or resource and invite you to join us in support. Click the images below to visit that organization’s page.
“Racism is a public health crisis,” according to a May 2020 statement from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This means that racism — whether unintentional, unconsciously, or concealed — has affected Black Americans’ access to equal and “culturally competent” health care.
Employees of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent a letter to their director alleging “widespread acts of racism and discrimination within CDC that are, in fact, undermining the agency’s core mission” that may have indirectly contributed to that disparity.
Just as some medical facilities have been overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases, increased anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — in people who are worried they might catch the virus or have been impacted by the lockdown and social isolation needed to control the pandemic — may, in turn, overwhelm the mental health system.
Learn more at www.sunshinebehavioralhealth.com
Today we feel compelled to donate to BEAM.
BEAM is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Their mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to, or staying connected with, emotional health care and healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy, and the creative arts.
If you can volunteer or donate, reach out today.
If you need to talk to someone visit www.beam.community/talktosomeone
Today we support Manna Food Bank.
MFB is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
Their mission is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina.
MANNA is currently moving over 50,000 pounds of food each day of the year through a partner network of over 200 agencies, stretching every resource to meet the growing need for food across our 16-county region of WNC.
If you need help with groceries this season, call the MANNA Food Helpline at 1-800-820-1109
If you can volunteer or donate, reach out today.
Today we support the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The SPLC is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people.
They monitor hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and expose their activities to the public, the media, and law enforcement.
Their mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse society.
They’re seeking justice for the most vulnerable people in society.
Today we support the Movement Voter Project.
MVP works to strengthen progressive power at all levels of government by helping donors – big and small – support the best and most promising local community-based organizations in key states, with a focus on youth and communities of color.
They support hundreds of incredible organizations that both turn out unlikely voters and organize communities to grow their power and create transformation, from policy to the streets. We believe that supporting local movement vote groups is the most effective and most cost-effective strategy to transform our country.
Support local organizing.
This week’s social justice action item is The Loveland Foundation
Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways.
Their resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing. They are aiming to raise $600,000 in order to offer over 5,000 hours of FREE therapy sessions for Black women and girls.
This week’s anti-racism action item is supporting #wehiketoheal.
They believe in the healing powers of nature and community. At #wehiketoheal, they use both to create a space of healing and respite. The mission is to encourage women everywhere to tap into the healing power of themselves, each other, and Mother Nature. Over the last 3 years, thousands of women have taken to the great outdoors for community, connectedness, and healing with group #healinghikes all over the world. This has made #wehiketoheal the largest outdoor wellness movement of its kind!
This week’s anti-racism action item is supporting Beloved Asheville.
They are making sure our most vulnerable and impacted communities have access to essential items and their basic human needs are being met during the pandemic.
They have shared over 56,000 pounds of rescued food, over 1,250 prepared meals while supporting locally owned businesses and latinx workers through the #ComidaDeEsperanza Project.
They shared essential items for kids through #WingsForKids Project.
They have multiple gardens growing throughout the area to support the#PlantsForThePeople Project.
They have shared over 2,545 masks as of the beginning of May through their #MasksForThePeople Project.
They have 2 pantries located in downtown that folks can access at all hours. #BeLovedStreetPantry and the #BeLovedPetRestaurant
SDS Designs is also spearheading a mural fundraiser Saturday, July 18th with donation funds being matched by Mc Bride Construction. Just notate your donations “McBride Construction”.
This week’s anti-racism action item is supporting Equity Over Everything.
Equity Over Everything’s mission is to advance equity by closing the gaps in social equity, entrepreneurship, and homeownership within low resource communities across the south.
They offer education and experiences that increase resources and help communities thrive. Each program is sustainable through its social enterprise component.
You can order one of their Tshirts, hoodies, mugs, or straight-up donate.
This week’s anti-racism action item is supporting your Black-owned booksellers. As a family we are working through the tome This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell, illustrated by Aurelia Durand.
Quick synopsis: “Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing, and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. 20 activities get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge. All you need is a pen and paper.” Today we are encourage you to not just use this moment to read, but take that new knowledge into action now.
Here’s a list of Black-owned booksellers. Please seek out those in your community as well.
This week’s anti-racism action item is supporting Black Lives Matter. BLM Works vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and by extension all people. They intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.
This week we’d like to shine a spotlight on Campaign ZERO. They work from a research-based approach to policy solutions aimed at ending police violence in America. Campaign zero states: We can live in a world where the police don’t kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.