We at Canopy want to express our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and all those who struggle and stand up against state and police violence.
In the past few weeks, millions of people from all walks of life have taken a stand to condemn the atrocities committed by the police and to push for holistic change. As a global conservation and solutions-driven organization, Canopy feels a responsibility to support and follow these movements, to seek solutions, and press for justice.
Today, and every day, we must work to ensure that everyone has safety, opportunity, and equality. Only when we remove the barriers that hold too many of us back can we all move forward together.
It will take all of us to build a new system that is rooted in environmental and social justice and we commit to work with you – and hope you will work with us – in the spirit of creative collaboration and resilience, to bring it about.
p.s. we wanted to share the following resources that we are working through internally as well, to provide ideas and to help.
- Black Lives Matter resources and toolkits.
- 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship (Mireille Cassandra Harper – @mireillecharper)
- How to Be an AntiRacist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow – Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- ‘Teaching for Black Lives’
- Four Critical Titles that Tackle Anti-Black Racism in Canada (The Fold – @TheFOLD_)
- Indigenous Solidarity Working Group Decolonization Reading List (for Turtle Island)