The nineteenth link in the chain: Pien Kars.
We’re learning to recognize our privileges, flaws and responsibilities. We stand in solidarity with those who fight against systemic oppression. We are researching ways to create and amplify more diversity in our community, structurally, and use our position in a more substantial and helpful manner, structurally. In doing so, we would like to use our platform to shine some extra light on a handful of initiatives doing this already.
Please consider signing petitions, donating and making use of resources to educate yourself and others via the links below. Thanks to all creating and running these initiatives.
Stichting Fossil Free Culture NL’s goal is to support and enable politically engaged art projects that focus on climate justice. They are demanding governmental regulation for oil companies like Shell and also shed light on other serious (and related) topics such as climate racism. Oil companies often use the land of BIPOC to dump their waste in, this puts indigenous people in unsafe environments where they face sickness and death, and in some cases, entire tribes face existential threats.
Donate, volunteer and read more here.
Booking agency Minor A.M. has created free contract-templates for independent artists to provide a legal framework to protect themselves from exploitation. These contracts include a lot of inclusivity; artists can specify their pronouns and express other needs.
Find the templates here.
Abortion Network Amsterdam is an organization that helps people from regions where abortion is illegal, to get safe abortions in the Netherlands. The criminalization of abortion often leads to dangerous and life-threatening situations where people try to abort themselves, on their own, in unsafe conditions. This is why it’s important to support groups like Abortion Network Amsterdam to give people in need the opportunity to get an abortion, safely.
You can donate or volunteer here.
The UK BLM Fund commits to dismantling imperialism, capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy and the systematic structures that harm black people in Britain and around the world. They build deep relationships across the diaspora and challenge the rise of the authoritarian right-wing across the world, from Brazil to Britain. They do this by using political education, direct action and leadership towards black liberation. Black communities are the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic making your help needed more than ever.
Donate and read more here.
On September 27, Azerbaijan launched a military campaign along the line of contact in Artsakh, as well as the Republic of Armenia’s internationally recognized borders. This conflict has killed and displaced thousands of people. Armenia Fund is a non-profit organization that boosts humanitarian efforts in Armenia and Artsakh. They provide necessary medical and surgical equipment and aid. They also help develop ongoing housing, construction and infrastructure projects.
Black girl magik’s crowdfund builds a digital platform that centers the mental health and well-being of black women. There is a lack of safe-spaces for black women to heal, nurture and evolve within their community.
Help build an online sanctuary where they can grow spiritually and mentally by donating and read more about it here.