I spent last weekend away from the news and social media because it was necessary for my sanity and peace. I’ve learned to be good at respecting the boundaries of my mental health.
I cannot, and would not want to, ignore what is going on in the U.S and right at home in Canada. The only thing that’s helped me function has been gratitude that I am in a position to help fund the fight.
Privilege comes in a variety of shades. And I’d like to recognize, be grateful for, and help with what I have.
Thank you to the many of you who reached out. With concern. With questions. With words of comfort.
I pause and reflect and feel like there has never been a better time for the issue of race to come to a head (again!). We are more connected than ever before. News spreads like wildfire. There are multiple points of view to the news stories. And thankfully, in the Trump era, fact checking news is more the norm than the exception.
These are good things. And I remain steadfastly focused on the good things.
But, like I said, that is never the only side. Injustice is rife. And we must fight it.
Over the past little while, Henry Business Law has been giving 10 percent of profits to causes that are important to me. Last month it was the local food bank. This month, the NAACP and the Minnesota Bail Fund. I’ve done it quietly because Jesus told us not to announce our gifts. I share it now because I want to tell you how important our economic empowerment is.
I never did take economics in school but here is what I know for sure.
We live in a world where money talks. One of the surest ways to effect change is to fund the causes you deem worthy. If you are outraged and know this is the last straw, show the system. With your dollars. I’ve included links to places you can donate to fund the change you want to see, including a list of Canadian resources.
And because I’m a type A lawyer who likes lists, here are three things you can do.
- If you are a small business, especially a woman-led small business… (I don’t mean to be non inclusive. I do however know the struggle is more intense for women) hear this: When we get economic power, we can support the candidates who can bring change, ensure that those on the front lines of the fight have legal protection and hold to account those who would harm us and divide us. I am deeply passionate about women owning successful, profitable businesses for this reason. And I believe that change will come from us taking our power and from us taking up more space. Do what you do best. Don’t let the external voices deter your drive.
- Hold your loved ones close. And your dreams closer. In this time of crisis, blessing or not, COVID-19 is allowing us proximity and saved time in scheduling and commuting. Use it. Refill your cup.
- Check in on your friends, but also, respect their boundaries. Not everyone needs to hear or be forced to talk about a 20 step plan to fix systematic racism. Make time for the less heavy conversations too. There’s joy in the world; find it.
We all process pain differently. For some, being open about their pain and outrage is the way to cope.
Others focus on self-care.
The events of this last week have made me more determined than ever to work on my business and help other women to protect theirs.
Revolutions need money. Let’s make more of it and deploy it with power and voice.
Links for donation
Want to donate to Canadian resources? Here’s a complete list.