Anti-Racist Activism From Home

Write to your elected officials

They are representing you, it’s their responsibility to listen to you. 

Talk to people in your own circle

Some of your family members and other acquaintances might be racist, try your best to explain the consequences of their actions to them. On the other hand, some people close to you may have very useful information for you in regards to how you can help end police brutality and racism. However, remember that is not the responsibility of black people to educate you.

Sign petitions

There’s a link for a few: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#petitions

Donate

If you don’t have the financial means, there are videos on YouTube that are created with the purpose of generating lots of ad-sense to donate to non-profit organizations working on the Black Lives Matter movement. If you search up something along the line of “Black Lives Matter Fundraiser” you’ll be sure to find one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgLa25fDHM&feature=emb_title

Read up!

  • Be sure to read literature from a variety of authors. If you’re only reading books by straight, white men, you aren’t well read. And, when buying books, try to purchase from a local bookstore, to help support small businesses in Calgary.  
  • Remember, despite your best efforts, you will not be able to learn everything right now. Make a list of what you want to learn in the future so you can continue to educate yourself
  • – Support the Black-owned and local businesses.  @gonaduraj on Instagram has a post with a list of Black-owned restaurants here in Calgary. There’s plenty more too! 
    • https://blkgrn.com/ This is a link to BLK + GRN which is “an all-natural marketplace by all Black artisans who create quality natural Black-owned toxic-free products.”

Share education resources and petitions on social media. 

You can start by sharing the resources we have provided in this post!

Be open to learning and changing your opinion. 

Be okay with making mistakes, just make an effort to recognize them and learn from them.

Write to your elected officials to repeal Bill 1

Bill 1 is a direct threat at the Wet’suwet’en people, Indigenous peoples and all those who choose to exercise their right to protest. This bill makes it illegal for anyone to protest on “essential infrastructure” which has broad definitions. While this bill was directed to suppress the protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline, it could be used to suppress other protests for other issues.

We encourage everyone to write to their elected officials and ask them to repeal this bill. Provided below is an email template which you can change and add on to.

You can contact your elected officials using the following emails/links.

Template:

To whom it may concern,

Hello, my name is [insert name here], and I am a resident of [city/province]. I am contacting you today as I am deeply concerned to hear about Alberta’s Bill 1 that is soon to reach royal assent.

The critical infrastructure described in the bill is vague to the extent in which Albertans’ rights of assembly and freedom of expression could be compromised. Furthermore, it is clear to many Albertans that this bill places Aboriginal communities in the province, who already have few avenues to effectively express their interests, at a greater disadvantage. The heavy fines and threats of incarceration stated in the bill will discourage many from assembling.

Most importantly, this bill goes against section 2C of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. All peoples of Canada should remain to have the right and freedom to protest as long as they are not directly harming others, especially in the current time of civil unrest. I would highly appreciate it if [politican’s name], as [political title (i.e., the mayor of Calgary, the conservative leader of Canada, etc.], intervened to ensure Canadian freedoms are not violated. 

This letter is written without prejudice,

[insert name here]

Coronavirus Message

Due to recent community health concerns regarding the novel coronavirus, we have a few recommendations for those who would like to continue protesting with us.

Please do not attend a strike if:

  • You are feeling ill or showing symptoms of cough, fever or extreme tiredness.
  • You have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days prior to a strike or have been in close contact with someone who has
  • You are apart of any high-risk populations such as the elderly, those with compromised immune systems or those who have pre-existing medical conditions.

To be extra cautious, we ask you to wash your hands before and after attending a strike and avoid shaking hands with others.

Even if you are not able to attend a strike due these concerns, you can still join in online! Post a picture of yourself with your favourite climate action related sign and use hashtag #climatestrikeonline.

The mass climate strike on April 3 has been cancelled. However, we are in the midst of making alternative plans that will allow us to still have an impact on April 3rd without the mass gathering of people. More information regarding the national climate strike on April 3rd will be posted soon.

More up to date information regarding the coronavirus in Alberta can be found at alberta.ca.