Here at Lalabye Baby, we are moms first, and we feel called to act as mothers do in doing more to support our fellow moms in the BIPOC community- to help protect the lives of BIPOC families with our privilege.
We have been busy finding ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement and to better educate ourselves on how to be more anti-racist and helpful and productive allies.
If you are busy doing the work, too, we hope you’ll choose check out some resources we have found helpful over at Mommy Brain.
As part of our commitment to invest in a brighter future for BIPOC families and children, Lalabye Baby has become a monthly patron of the non-profit organization The Conscious Kid.
We chose this organization because of the varied, widespread, and important work they are doing for the families and children in the Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities:
“We are an 501c3 educational nonprofit that equips parents and educators with tools they can use to support racial identity development, critical literacy, and equitable practices in their homes and classrooms. We use critical race theory (which is intersectional) to navigate how issues of race impact young children and their identity development. Most of our work takes place off-line and is focused on critical media literacy research, teaching, advocacy, and increasing access to books that center marginalized groups through our book-of-the-month subscriptions and children’s lending library.” ~The Conscious Kid
We also value the opportunity given to us as patrons to ask questions directly to their staff regarding best practices to support our BIPOC customers in a way that “values and compensates educators of color for [their] time, labor, and experiential knowledge,” as we move forward.
The Conscious Kid also collects donations towards their Anti-Racist Children’s Books Education Fund:
“All donations made here go to a dedicated fund for us to get children’s books from our list of “41 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance” into classrooms across the country. Beyond addressing issues of race and racism, these children’s books focus on taking action. They highlight resistance, resilience, and activism, and seek to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice. Children not only need to know what individual, systemic, and internalized racism looks like, they need to know what they can do about it.”
If you would like to donate to that fund, you can do so here.
Our partners at The Conscious Kid created a list of teacher materials & evaluation criteria to affirm and reflect students’ identities and to help facilitate important conversations about belonging, discrimination and equity. Bookmark it today: g.co/inclusivereads
We know that making Black Lives Matter requires life-long investment in changes in educating ourselves, challenging the status quo, and making sure we are raising a generation that is not merely inclusive but intentionally and actively anti-racist.
When you see Lalabye Baby, we want you to feel seen, valued, and to be represented in our advertising, to be supported as a cloth diapering parent, and for allies to be able to access educational resources on how to actively work to be anti-racist and raise anti-racist children.
We will continue to add to the resources we’ve found helpful to us in our stories and saving them to our Instagram Highlights for easy access. We have just begun to do the work and examine the best ways forward to contribute to the movement individually, and we will continue to do so as a company as well.