Call To Action: Black Lives Matter
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We want to leave room in your week and your podcast feed for Black Lives Matter. Escaping to the woods, while restorative and wonderful for reflection, won’t effect change. This is a time to listen and learn. This is a time to amplify Black voices. This is a time to vote, to donate, to sign petitions, to march, to protest. This is a time to support Black businesses, educators, and organizers. Pay it forward. There’s a whole lot of power in all of those things, especially if we’re all committed today, tomorrow, and every day after.
We compiled some resources, books to read, podcasts to listen to, and Black women and women-led organizations to uplift and support. This is by no means a complete list, but it’s a start.
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Hosted by Gale Straub
Music in this episode is by Kai Engel using a Creative Commons attribution license.
Ally Resource Guide: This guide includes: 1) Where to register to vote 2) Ways to donate 4) Petitions to sign 5) Reps & offices to contact 6) Antiracism resources to listen to, read, and watch 6) Other Antiracism resources
Books to Read:
These Books Can Help You Explain Racism & Protests to Your Kids (via New York Times)
An Antiracism Reading List (via New York Times)
Me & White Supremacy by Leyla F Saad (purchase even if you find a PDF out there)
SUPPORT/AMPLIFY/FOLLOW Black Women and Black Women-led Orgs in the Outdoor/Environmental Space
Note – please give them space and don’t DM them right now with your questions. The Ally Resource guide and books should help. So does google! Invest in them, support their work, and if you learn something – consider paying them.
Businesses, Nonprofits, & Organizations
- Brown Girls Climb: Website & Instagram
- Black Girls Trekkin’: Website & Instagram
- Melanin Base Camp: Website & Instagram
- Outdoor Journal Tour: Website & Instagram
- Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge: Website & Instagram
- Girl Trek: Website & Instagram
- Outdoor Afro: Website & Instagram
- Refuge Outdoor Festival: Website & Instagram
Awesome advocates, athletes, outdoor enthusiasts:
Hi everyone, it’s Gale. In lieu of an episode of She Explores, I and my team at Ravel Media want to leave room in your week and your podcast feed for the Black Lives Matter movement. If you’re thinking, this isn’t about hiking or the outdoors. Why can’t this podcast just be about the outdoors? Well, welcome to She Explores. If you’ve been tuning in, you know that this show, as well as the blog, is first and foremost centered around women and their real life experiences – yes, in the outdoors, but the outdoors exists in the backcountry and the front country. It’s right outside our front doors. The She Explores community is made up of people from all different backgrounds, but if you’re white like me, you may not have considered how racial and social justice intersect with the experience of nature. But whether you’re outside or inside, systemic, overt, and covert racism rages against Black people in the United States and around the world. The effects of this racism are violent and dangerous. Even when racism plays out in subtle ways, the system of white supremacy is always dangerous. And frankly, we haven’t done a good enough job of talking about it on this show. We’re committed to doing better.
This might be especially uncomfortable for fellow white listeners to hear, but it’s not a bad thing. Uncomfortable conversations are needed. We can come together, lean into discomfort, and actively fight against the status quo.
Over the weekend and into this week, protests filled the US against the untimely killings by police of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade — as well as the countless Black lives lost before this date, and the many injustices that continue.
Escaping to the woods, while restorative and wonderful for reflection, won’t effect change. This is a time to listen and learn. This is a time to amplify Black voices. This is a time to vote, to donate, to sign petitions, to march, to protest. This is a time to support Black businesses, educators and organizers. Pay it forward. There’s a whole lot of power in all of those things, especially if we’re all committed today, tomorrow, and every day after.
I linked books to read, podcasts to listen to, ally resources, and organizations to support in the show notes and on the episode landing page at She-Explores.com. I also included some Black women in the outdoor community who we’d encourage you to follow, support, and amplify.
Until next week.
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