#BlackLivesMatter

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I stand with Black Lives Matter and demand justice and public safety for BIPOC.

I deeply mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the many other BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color) at the hands of police brutality and racial injustice.

I started Vespertine because I am passionate about keeping people safe on the road. But the brightest safety vest won't make the streets safe from institutionalized racism. BIPOC lives are in danger, and have been for far too long.

Black Lives Matter view of street mural in Washington D.C.

As a white woman and solopreneur, I am listening, studying, and working to be a better ally and anti-racist. Here are a few Anti-racist resources I've learned a lot from recently and highly recommend.

  • Throughline: American Police  podcast episode on NPR with Historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Director Ava DuVernay's documentary, 13th, about the criminalization of Black people and the boom of the prison industrial complex (available on Netflix).
  • In the transportation space, follow @cyclista_zine on Instagram.
  •  The Bicycle As a Vehicle of Protest by Jody Rosen, an article in The New Yorker
I entreat you to educate yourself (non-BIPOC), use your voice (online and in real life), privilege and resources (wallet) to condemn and actively work to change the systems of racist oppression and white supremacy.

May we truly have safe streets, justice and equality for all.

In solidarity and with love,

Sarah Canner
Founder / Designer Vespertine NYC

Black Lives Matter aerial view of D.C. plaza from Google maps

 


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