On this, the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, Ideas On Purpose stands united with the Black Lives Matter movement, improving BIPOC representation and practicing antiracism. We believe everyone deserves to be treated fairly and equally, with respect and with dignity. We denounce all forms of injustice and violence towards any minority community.
The events of 2020 have been a mirror. Forcing all of us to take a hard and sometimes unflattering look at ourselves as people, as local and global citizens and as organizations that we operate, work for and engage with. Look deep and see: we all have to take action together.
As creative problem-solvers and communicators we ask, listen and understand so we can develop appropriate solutions to our clients’ unique challenges. As a responsible LGBTQ-certified business, we must do the same in the face of societal challenges, so we can be a part of the solution. As a diverse group we are sensitive to and respectful of each person’s history and point of view and what they bring to IOP and the world. Collectively, we want to advance positive change in diversity, justice, equity, representation and inclusion.
We know actions are the only way to enact change. As a start we have made a donation to New York Urban League. We recognize we have more to do, and we’re working on it. We take inspiration from the following resources and hope you will, too.
Explore, donate, read, act, learn, unite, watch, listen, protest, ask, support, share, discuss AND vote.
The History of Juneteenth
Juneteenth: What the Juneteenth flag symbolizes
The History and Meaning of Juneteenth – The Daily: NY Times podcast
20 Marches & Rallies Taking Place For Juneteenth In All Five Boroughs
SUPPORT & DONATE – organizations
How to Make Sure You’re Donating Effectively – from The Cut
The Martha P. Johnson Foundation – Protecting Black Trans Lives
Black Lives Matter
Campaign Zero – Ending Police Brutality
Brooklyn Bail Fund – Fighting for freedom, justice and an end to detention
The BIPOC Project – Building authentic and lasting solidarity among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
READ – books & articles
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
The End of Policing
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World
Systemic Racism in 25 Charts – Business Insider
LISTEN – podcasts, music
NY Times 1619 – Examining the long shadow of American Slavery
NPR’s Thoroughline: Mass Incarceration episode
The Nod – Stories of black lives
KUT: In Black America
Yo! Is This Racist?
A Perfect Way to Die – Alicia Keys
I Just Wanna Live – Keedron Bryant
WATCH – films
12 Years a Slave
Netflix BLM film listing
BIPOC films to consider
I Am Not Your Negro
Teach Us All
LEARN – lectures
The Path to Ending Systemic Racism in the US
The Urgency of Intersectionality
An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter
How to Raise A Black Son in America
How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion
Black Lives Matter – Instagram
For the Gworls Party – Instagram
Aja Barber – Instagram
Mireille Cassandra Harper – Instagram
Keedron Bryant – Instagram
Dr Mos-Shogbamimu – Twitter
Martin Luther King III – Twitter
Ibram X. Kendi – Twitter