At Stojo, we are on a mission to make positive changes in our world and that includes social change. Systemic racial injustice must not be condoned in any way and we choose not to be silent. The loss of so many lives in unjust ways has left many of us angry, outraged, and deeply hurt.
We believe in diversity and inclusivity, and that small steps can lead to big changes. We know that actions speak louder than words, so below are some resources that you can use to educate yourself, take peaceful action, or contribute to the movement.
Get to know Black leaders championing for social change
Patrice Khan-Cullors, a New York Times best-selling author of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Fulbright scholar, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
Melanie Campbell has been active in the civil rights, women’s rights, and social justice movements for more than 20 years. Today, she focuses on increasing voter participation among black youth and fighting voter suppression efforts around the country through the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.
Leteefah Simon, heads the Akonadi Foundation, an organization that goes after the structural inequalities at the heart of US society. There, she works to expand opportunities for communities of color, improve media representation of people of color, and foster intersectionality.
Bree Newsome, an American filmmaker, musician, speaker, and activist from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is best known for her act of civil disobedience on June 27, 2015, when she was arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds in the aftermath of the Charleston Shooting.
Brittany Packyetti Cunningham is an American activist, the co-founder of Campaign Zero, and a co-host of American political podcast Pod Save the People. She was a member of President Barack Obama's 21st Century Policing Task Force.
Get Educated on the Issues
Members of our team are listening and trying to better educate themselves of these issues. Here are a few video and written resources that we've found useful:
- Dominos of Racial Injustice by Trevor Noah
- How Racist Are You? Blue Eyes / Brown Eyes exercise by Jane Elliott
- White Fragility: Why its So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo PhD
- An Anti-racist reading list curated by Ibram X. Kendi
Educate Your Children
31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance curated by the Conscious Kid
Register to Vote
Use your right to vote. Voting in your local elections is more important than you think. Take time to educate yourself on candidates that will create positive change within communities.
Sign a Petition
Color of Change is the largest online racial justice organization in the country, developed a platform with structural demands that will, over time, reduce the overall impact of policing in ways that are concrete and tangible
Join or contribute to your local chapter of Black Lives Matter
Support Black owned businesses
BLK + GRN @blkandgrn ~ GOLDE @golde ~ PROCLAIM @wearproclaim ~ Triple O Polish @ooopolish ~ CLARE @clarepaint ~ Briogeo @briogeo ~ OUI the People @ouithepeople ~ The Honey Pot Company @thehoneypotco ~ House of Aama @houseofaama ~ KLUR @klur.co
Stojo is committed to fighting racial inequality. We will be doing the work internally within our organization and externally with our partners, to ensure we are working towards positive and effective change. We urge you to educate, to call, to donate, to do more. We are all in this together.
With Love and Solidarity,