Relationships

Where to Donate to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

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This week we’ll be taking a break from regular posting, and today, we’d like to encourage our readers to donate to support the Black Lives Matter movement. We will match readers’ donations up to $15,000 — all you have to do is make a donation to an organization supporting Black causes and forward your receipt, with subject line “donation,” to hello@cupofjo.com.

We will be donating here:

NAACP is a civil rights organization, founded in 1909, which is committed to political, educational, social and economic equality.

National Bail Fund Network is made up of over 60 community bail and bonds funds across the country, including the Minnesota Freedom Fund. It also includes a directory of protest bail funds, if you’d like to donate on the local level.

Know Your Rights Camp, started by Colin Kaepernick, has a mission to “advance the liberation of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.” Currently, the fund is also providing legal services for people in Minneapolis.

The Equal Justice Initiative works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment and racial inequality in the United States. They provide legal representation to the most vulnerable people in American society, including prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes and prisoners who cannot afford effective representation.

Please join us in donating, if you’re able to. We’ll have more posts this week about listening to and amplifying Black voices, as well. Thank you so much for reading.

Update: Oh my gosh, readers donated $150,000 in less than a day, and we are adding our $15,000 for a total of $165,000 to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Thank you so much, and let’s keep acting, giving, listening and learning.

P.S. 18 children’s books with characters of color.

(Photo by Simon/Stocksy.)

Motherhood

Raising Race-Conscious Children

Raising Race-Conscious Children

Cup of Jo has been running for 13 years (!) so we’ve decided that every week, we’ll be highlighting one of the most popular posts from the past. Here’s one that’s more important than ever, originally published on October 3, 2016…

As a mother, I’ve always wanted my children be kind to everyone and accept people without biases or stereotypes. I figured that by being “colorblind,” or not calling attention to race, I was showing them that everyone was equal. But then I read a Washington Post article that explained that a colorblind approach may actually do more harm than good. To further educate myself, I spoke to Lori Taliaferro Riddick and Sachi Feris from the fantastic site Raising Race-Conscious Children, and here’s what they told me…

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Design

Have a Great Weekend.

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What are you up to this weekend? We’re giving each other haircuts! Wish us luck, it’s definitely harder than it looks. Have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Camping? Dining out? Here’s how experts rate the risks of 14 summer activities.

Freezer wine.

Have you seen Never Have I Ever? The Netflix comedy is so funny and great.

I’ll be wearing these shorts all summer.

Tina Fey is turning 50, and here are 50 of her best moments.

Face mask street style in Brooklyn.

Made me laugh.

These bars are next up on our baking list.

Or these cookies!

What a lovely 280-square-foot apartment.

And thank you so much for all the comments on this post. They were really thoughtful and informative.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Emily on becoming anti-racist: “I can’t recommend Harvard’s implicit bias test enough. EVERYONE has some implicit bias and if we aren’t aware of it or believe it can’t happen to us, then we can’t do anything to fix it. It’s free, anonymous and quick. I hope everyone takes it.”

Says Jen on becoming anti-racist: “When I was teaching 10th graders, we journaled about our greatest fears. Every single young man in my class wrote that they were afraid that the police would kill them. I can’t stop thinking that George Floyd was once a 10th grader in somebody’s class, too. Now, it is no longer enough for me to just try to be a nice white person.”

(Photo by Casie Giroux. Tina Fey link via Girls of a Certain Age.)

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