Happy Monday, my friend! I’m still on the injured list, so my making has been nil these past 5 days. That’s 5 days too many!! I’m having withdrawals. But I can’t sit for long, and leaning forward, etc. is just too painful. So, I’m here today to share an important blog hop that happened over the weekend. I missed the call for participating; I would for sure have loved to join!
PAPERCRAFTERS UNITE AGAINST RACISM
This blog hop (which also has a video hop and Instagram hop) was organized by Justine Hovey. and amazing maker. She also hosts & organizes the annual ‘Save the Crafty YouTuber’ hop. The participating papercrafters have created projects that stand for anti-racism, unity, friendship and encouragement. It’s an inclusive hop, meant to support & rally behind people of colour. You can start HERE at Justine’s blog, and go from there.
SUPPORT BY DONATING
Justine has provided several links to organizations to which you can donate, if you’re able to provide support in that way. Here are the links – I’ve copied them direct from her blog.
- Black Table Arts – organizes and brings in black artists into communities and provides creative spaces for leadership
- The Loveland Project – helps provide therapy for black women and girls
- Fair Fight – a movement to ensure free and fair elections
- Black Girls Code – a movement to increase women of colour in STEM fields and exposes girls to computer science and technology
- The Bail Project – mission to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States and helps reunite families.
I believe all of those links are for organizations within the U.S. If you’re like me, and live in Canada, here are some Canadian organizations:
Black Lives Matter – Vancouver – has a great list of resources for mental health, legal assistance, and more
Nia Centre for the Arts – providing professional development, youth mentor ship & engagement and exhibitions & special events for Black artists
Black Youth Helpline – for youth and their parents/caregivers
There are A LOT of services out there – all you have to do is type into the search bar! The services are not just for Black people; we know too well that there is racism against Asian, Indigenous, people of colour (POC), so please be sure to look them up, as well.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT
All makers love support! Kristina Werner compiled a list of Instagram accounts of Black makers – you can see it HERE. Jennifer McGuire has put together a list of books, stories, and posts to read & discuss with friends and family members HERE.
ENJOY THE BLOG HOP!
I do hope that you’ll enjoy the Papercrafters Unite Against Racism blog hop! There are so many talented crafters, as well as the YouTube hop and Instagram. Be sure to start HERE at Justine Hovey’s blog. That’s where you’ll find all of the links, for all of the hops.