Black Lives Matter
The CannaButta Shop expresses the solidarity of its community in protesting and addressing anti-Black violence, systemic and entrenched racism, and the ongoing legacy of historic racism. Horrified by the recent murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Sean Reed, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and by so many before them, we share the increasing revulsion, in the United States and throughout the world, for white supremacy, a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fight will be long, but we will stand in solidarity alongside the movement to create a world where Black communities will be safe and free. It is now our turn to uplift, support, and show up for a community we honor and owe our legacy to.
In solidarity and power, we will now be contributing 5% of all sales to be donated to a collection of Black Non Profit, community based programs that are focused on refunding, rebuilding and restructuring urban and minority communities. This is a commitment that we will uphold now and forever.
Bail funds: Movement for Black Lives collected a list of bail funds across the US. (Note that while a few NYC funds are listed, organizers have said that additional funds are not needed at this moment in NYC and so donations could be directed at other jurisdictions.)
Organization funds: Reclaim the Block, a grassroots organization that works to provide the Minneapolis community with the resources they need to thrive, has posted a list of hard-working and worthy organizations to donate for the movement right now, and the long-term.
One of the best tools for the fight for Black liberation is self-learning and reflection. Here are some books and media that can help you learn more about our shared history with the Black community.
- Colored Cosmopolitan: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India by Nico Slate
- Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald
- The Karma of Brown Folk by Vijay Prashad
- Black Lives Matter: An Informal Letter to the South Asian Community by Aasta Gandhi
- The Revolution Starts with My Thathi: Strategies for South Asians to Bring #BLACKLIVESMATTER Home by Sasha W.
- The Secret History of South Asian and African American Solidarity by Anirvan Chatterjee
- We Cannot Stay Silent about George Floyd, Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act
- The Broken Policing System, Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act
- South Asians in the Perpetuation of Anti-Blackness, Aretha Basu’s TEDx talk
- Mississippi Masala, directed by Mira Nair (1991)