Over the last couple of days a remarkable number of protests alongside incredible online activism has resulted in greater justice for George Floyd, the Minneapolis public school board voting to cut ties with the police department, and a motion put forward by Los Angeles city council for the reduction of the LA Police Department’s budget. This is only the beginning, and the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been clear with their aims. I will continue to share updates over on Instagram and Twitter, and strongly encourage everyone else to continue to read, listen, and to speak out against racism actively. See the links at the end of my previous post for a document containing all of the information you might need to get you started.
What To Expect From Bethanie’s Place: Where Do We Go From Here
Now that more people are expected to go back to work, the need for key worker childcare has increased, and as such I have been required to work. Because of the nature of my work I could not justify putting the children I care for at risk to attend a protest here in the UK, so instead I have been doing as much online activism as possible. I cannot say this enough, but before I continue with my plans for Bethanie’s Place I urge everyone to visit the links, bookmark them, learn from and share them, amplify black voices, and research black history.
With all of the reading and listening I’ve been doing this week something became very apparent to me, if there’s ever been a time in my life to become a vocal and persistant activist for matters of social justice and equality it’s now. Now isn’t the time for my story, but trust that I have been working to be better throughout my twenties. I have worked to undo and rid myself of the prejudices, hatred, and ignorance that was taught and encouraged throughout my life and education.
As some of you may know, I recently created Bethanie’s Place as a name for my small art business. If you’ve read my about page since this blog’s creation you’ll know that Bethanie’s Place was somewhere I wanted to be a safe and accepting place, but now I want to do more. I want to continue to build my platform through my art, but I want more of my art to mean something, and I want the art that I sell to help finance frequent and important donations.
With this in mind I have decided that alongside my personal development and continued activism, I am going to work on collecting information on important global social justice issues and causes and create a flexible monthly series. In this series I will share resources for movements such as BLM, and so many others working against oppression. I will also continue to share resources as and when on my social media pages throughout the month. Further to this I am going to open up discussions as to where my audience would like to see 10% of my monthly profits from art sales to go. I dislike talking about personal contributions to charity, but as I grow as a business I hope that in including others in my decision making will hopefully encourage people to look into the causes we collectively choose to donate to.
Thank you so much for reading. Stay safe, and stay informed.
See you in the next one.