Anti-Racism Small Business Commitment

My identities and privileges include: white, agender, mid fat, able-bodied, middle class, Scandinavian descent.

As a small business person, uplifting anti-racism and anti-oppression in my work is a top priority. This is how I am instilling those values into my work.

I believe that capitalism sucks and that we all deserve services regardless of ability to pay. Thus, I offer payment plans and am always open to a system of payment that works for clients – all options are considered. In addition, all registation fees include a portion to fund scholarships for BIPOC, LGBTQ and single parent clients. Also, all of my business funds are held in a Black-owned bank.

All of the education I provide includes justice and equity in the narrative. This includes talking about the impact of racism, transphobia, fatphobia, homophobia, ableism, xenophobia and others – and how they all matter in the world of birth and parenting. I commit to continuing my own education in all fields by attending workshops, reading books by BIPOC folks, and by following activists of color on social media. I also commit to working with other white folks on their role in both dismantling the systems we live in that were built by our ancestors, and that we uphold in our daily lives. For white folks that want resources on anti-racism and anti-oppression visit a resource page here to get started.

As a parent and a white person, I work to dismantle the system in my everyday. I speak to my kids about their privilege and about the history and present systems of racism. They too commit to interrupting racism in their schools and among their friends. As a family, we fund financial reparations whenever we can. I am in community with my family, friends, and other parents on our roles as anti-racist people and parents. And, I connect with school staff, local politicians and community members on explicitly putting forth anti-racism and anti-oppression practices. I also commit to participating in local and nationwide activism events. And, I believe Black women and femmes, every time.

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Lilla Watson, Aboriginal Elder, Activist, and Educator