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Black Lives Matter

Continuing the Work with Gratitude

June 6th, 2020

We are grateful for the heartfelt responses to our support of the Black Lives Matter movement. (See below) Our community connects with each other over a shared love of yarn, tea, and the act of making. Now, in this moment of urgency, we are taking steps to strengthen our bonds through a commitment to human rights and anti-racist work.

At Churchmouse, we are learning (always learning) what it means to be an ally, how—for those of us who are white—to use our privilege to help lift others, and how to recognize and rectify mistakes that we have made. Clearly stating our support of Black Lives Matter is a first step for us. The next step is continue to learn and work and speak out.

Among the many notes we received this week, we got a few that responded with the phrase, "All lives matter." We understand that the intention of those words may not be racist, but we must recognize that the impact those words have is harmful. "All lives matter" deflects attention away from the core issue—that Black people, specifically, are endangered and harmed by systemic racism every day. To affirm that "Black lives matter" is not to say other lives don't—rather, it asserts that Black lives must matter before the phrase "all lives matter" can be true.

Thank you again for engaging with us on this important issue. We are so grateful to be a part of this community.

All the best, from all of us.

Churchmouse Yarns & Teas

Black Lives Matter

June 4th, 2020

Words are not enough, yet we must not be silent. Black lives matter. That is not a statement to be debated but a statement of truth.

Thank you to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who have raised their voices while bearing the burden of a system that privileges white people at the expense of Black Americans and people of color.

At Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, a small company of individuals, we support the Black Lives Matter movement and are committed to anti-racist work. Those of us who are white have the responsibility to be an active part of the solution to racism. The need for change is on us and we have work to do.

Here are a few ways we can stand together:

Vote in your local, state, and national elections.

Call your federal, state, county, and local representatives.

If you are able, donate to organizations urgently asking for aid.

Speak out when you witness injustice.

And stay informed.

Thank you for reading,

Churchmouse Yarns & Teas