Black Lives Matter: Act

We grieve the many, ongoing, deaths of Black folks, Afro-Indigenous folks, and Indigenous folks as a result of police violence, anti-Black racism, and white supremacy. Here are some options to take action in our communities.

Support & Resources for Black folks:

Donate

  • We can make donations to the Vancouver Black Therapy Fund.
  • Afro-Canadian Positive Network is a Black-led organization that does incredible work to provide direct support to Afro-Canadians, including newcomers, impacted by HIV. This volunteer-led organization provides important services to people experiencing anti-Black racism, xenophobia, and the related HIV stigma, poverty, and over-policing throughout Surrey, the Lower Mainland and BC. Afro-Canadian Positive Network is a key partner in supporting Camp Moomba families year round, and is led by wonderful volunteers whose  labour should be paid.
  • BC Community Alliance is a community based organization dedicated to combating the structural inequities created by anti-black racism.
  • Black Lives Matter Vancouver is working against police brutality and anti-blackness and uplifting Black voices.
  • Hogan’s Alley Society advocates for Black Vancouverites who have endured the legacies of urban renewal and their erasure from the official historical narrative. (As described on the Hogan's Alley Society website.)

Learn

  • Read Black Lives Matter Vancouver's calls to dismantle systems of violence and oppression
  • Stratagem is an online conference and digital resource hub hosted by Cicely Blain Consulting. In a time of social distancing, Stratagem Virtual uses timely and meaningful diversity and inclusion content to build community connection from a distance and is taking place in July 2020.
  • Rachel Cargle is a Black public academic, writer, and lecturer who offers anti-racist education through public workshops, Instagram, and The Great Unlearn.

Write

Sign

Read YouthCO's Letters

....and consider writing your own! Use these letters as templates for your own!

Video Transcript

Black Lives Matter

We grieve Breonna Taylor, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Tony McDade, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Chevranna Abdi.

We grieve the many more Black people who have died, including those whose names we will never know.

Each name represents a preventable death of a Black person, within and beyond our colonial borders.

At YouthCO, we believe Black Lives Matter.

We affirm Black youth in our communities who are resisting, who are grieving, who are raging, who are organizing, who are resting, and who are afraid that they will be next. We uphold Black joy, innovation and resilience.

We are all coming to this moment with different needs, whether we are Black folks seeking supports and community, or we are non-Black and are looking to build our practice of anti-racism. Here are some ways to start:

Support & Resources for Black folk:

The Vancouver Black Therapy Fund website has a variety of free and paid mental health and holistic resources we can access. This list includes nonprofit organizations, Instagram accounts, and counselling practices.

Learn:

Stratagem: Hosted by Cicely Blain, Stratagem Virtual is an online conference and digital resource hub for diversity and inclusion engagement. In a time of social distancing, Stratagem Virtual uses timely and meaningful diversity and inclusion content to build community connection from a distance.

Start Conversations:

Sign petitions like JUSTICE FOR REGIS KORCHINSKI-PAQUET at change.org.

Reduce budget for policing in our communities at youthco.org/blm_act.

Donate:

Donate to the following organizations and if we’re not able to do that; we should share donation posts and links!

To donate towards a Black-led organization doing work in HIV, connect with Afro-Canadian Positive Network of BC. This is an amazing Black-led, volunteer-driven organization that provides direct support to Black folk living with HIV.

There are also many other organizations we can support with a donation: Black Lives Matter Vancouver, Hogan's Alley Society, and the BC Community Alliance.

Black Lives Matter


YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!