Black Lives Matter

Women of SILOU, the Black Lives Matter movement has given us a hard and necessary reminder that systemic and racial injustices are felt both locally and internationally.

We have to do better.

We admit, it can feel intimidating as a small brand to address this issue correctly, but we know we need to make a start. We openly acknowledge that as a brand we have not done enough, and for this, we are sorry. We often discuss internally the lack of diversity in the wellness community and we need to discuss this more and louder. We need to represent the Black community, and we need to do it better. There are so many meaningful ways we can support and show up, so we will continue to help move this forward until we see real change.

Educate, Donate, Communicate & repeat until the message is clear. We are committed to these three principles to navigate towards a better future.

Educate

One of the things we’re doing here at SILOU is staying educated. Our small team is made up of people from many different backgrounds. And as a unit, we are sharing women who inspire, books we’ve read and podcasts we’re listening to. Most importantly, read the articles, sign the petitions, communicate with your own community and keep up to date.

SIGN

The Black Lives Matter movement demands acknowledgement and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanisation of Black life at the hands of the police. They call for a national defunding of police and investment in communities and resources that ensure Black people not only survive but thrive.

SIGN

READ

We understand that books are the most sought-after for research and reading. Share your books on the shelf to educate others.

Books 

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD


Articles 

“America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)
Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists
”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag
(June 22, 2011)
The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine
“The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)
Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD
”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)


WRITE

Writing is probably the best method if you wish to contact your local MP, as it provides a written record that can be referred to later. You can contact your MP at: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA or alternatively directly via the link below. Remember: always include your own address when you write to your MP so that they will know you live in their constituency. We do not advocate trolling and you should communicate with respect and care.

WRITE

WATCH


Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
"How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion" | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)
13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix, American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
King In The Wilderness — HBO
See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix


LISTEN

1619 (New York Times),
About Race,
Code Switch (NPR)
Intersectionality Matters! hosted 
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
Pod Save the People 
The Combahee River Collective Statement
Seeing White Series from Scene
Uncivil
Identity Politics

FOLLOW

Antiracism Center
Audre Lorde Project
Black Women’s Blueprint
Color Of Change
Colorlines
The Conscious Kid
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)
Families Belong Together
The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
MPowerChange
Muslim Girl
NAACP
National Domestic Workers Alliance
RAICES 
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
SisterSong
United We Dream

Wellness Instagram Accounts 

@DiveinWell
@maryamajayi
@maya.breuer
@BlackgrilinOm
@Yasminecheyenne
@NicoleaCardoza
@pilinanice
@glowmaven
@askdrjess
@lightwatkins
@thatschelsea
@iamrachelricketts
@sinikiwe.stephanie
@mynameisjessamyn
@sophia_roe
@blackandembodied
@jessicawilson.msrd
@nicoleacardoza
@hellolaurenash
@hellodrjoy

Donate

We have taken the first step and now commit to more. If you are in the position to do so, donating to organisations fighting on the front lines of change is an action that can have an immediate impact. If you are a Black-owned & focused organisation in the UK, or know of a relevant group please email us so we make our words actions.

These are just a snippet of the extensive list we have collated below which also includes organisations that need donations:

Donate to Reclaim The Block, a grassroots organisation that works to provide the Minneapolis community with the resources they need to thrive.

Donate to Say Her Name, a campaign that calls attention to police violence against Black women, girls and femmes.

Donate to The Bail Project, which provides funds to pay bail for those who have been arrested during the protests. You can split your donation between the 39 bail funds

Donate to UK Black Lives Matter.

Donate to Black Lives Matter.

Donate to the Black LGBTQIA Therapy Fund.

Donate to the National Memorial Family Fund, for the families of victims of police brutality.

Donate to The Movement For Black Lives, a global initiative which aims to support Black organisations to conduct conversations about current political conditions.

Donate to North Star Health Collective, which coordinates and provides healthcare services, resources and training to those protesting in Minnesota.

Donate to the UK Black Protest Legal Support fund.

Donate to Unicorn Riot, which supports journalists on the front line.

Donate to Black Visions Creative, which centres its work to develop Minnesota's emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns.

Donate to Official George Floyd Memorial Fund.

Donate to Belly Mujinga's family, including her daughter.

Donate to The Minnesota Freedom Fund, which provides funds to pay bail for those protesting in Minnesota
.

Communicate

Most importantly, and always, we’re listening to you.

Our philosophy is to inspire women to move with freedom and expression. Giving them a sense of escapism and confidence, regardless of age, gender, race or the time of day. Going forward we commit to creating inclusivity beyond our brand content and imagery. As we take this time to educate and navigate to a better future, we want you to know, we’re here and we’re listening.

Help us make a difference - share your thoughts with how you’d like us to communicate with you, we appreciate your support. 

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

You In Mind 

At SILOU, we talk often about mental health and self-care. We would not be doing ourselves justice if we also did not recognise that the media at this time is hard to digest and can be overwhelming.

SILOU is grounded through Yoga, and the word itself translates into ‘unity’, ‘wholeness’ and ‘connectedness’. If this meaning lives and breathes on the mat alone and is not connected into our day-to-day lives, we aren’t truly practicing. In Yoga there are 5 Yamas. The very first – and often thought of as the most important – Yama, is ‘Ahimsa’.

Ahimsa means ‘non-violence’ or ‘non-harming’. In this sense, we’re talking about non-violence in all aspects of life. When we act with ‘Ahimsa’ in mind, this means not physically harming others, ourselves, or nature; not thinking negative thoughts about others or ourselves; and making sure that what we do and how we do it is done in harmony, rather than harm.

Be kind to your mind. Below you can find wellbeing accounts created by and for Black people. This list is in any way exhaustive. There are many more to discover, engage with and learn from and if you have any recommendations, please share them with us so we can further our own brand and team education. 

Tend to your thoughts with care,

They have the power to grow weeds of flowers

- Cleo Wade


Love, Team SILOU xx 

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