As a brand we talk about empowering our customers and everyone throughout our supply chain, but we cannot stand behind this mission if we do not stand up for the basic and equal rights of all people that make up our vital multi racial global supply chain, our customers, our audience and really everyone beyond that.

We are strong believers at Maggie Marilyn that everyone has the power to make a difference. We openly acknowledge that as a business we have not done enough, and for this, we are sorry. We also acknowledge that our apology is not enough. We will no longer be quiet or passive. The world needs our voice and our action, not our silence. We are speaking out and taking action because it is our responsibility to be an active part of dismantling systemic white supremacy. It is our responsibility to do the work, to actively educate ourselves and our community, to actively remove and undo any unconscious bias and to advocate for change from a position of knowledge. Because BLACK LIVES MATTER. 

The Black Lives Matter movement demands acknowledgement and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanisation of Black life at the hands of the police. They call for a national defunding of police and investment in communities and resources that ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive. Please visit their website to sign the petition and sign up for updates.

Going forward we vow to create inclusivity beyond our brand imagery and content. As we further our education, we will navigate exactly what this means and how it looks but we promise to stand firmly behind it, to be better. We are starting by furthering our education using the resources below which are just a snippet of the extensive list we have collated below which also includes organisations that need donations. If you are in the position to do so, donating to organisations fighting on the front lines of change is an action that can have immediate impact. 

Educate yourself, your friends, your family, your acquaintances. Challenge the brands you buy from and the businesses and organisations you work with and for. Demand more of them and yourself. Here and now you have the power to be on the right side of history.

 Resources 

‘World Saving Bookshop’

Baratunde Thurston, author of ‘How to Be Black’ and advisor to Obama has partnered with Bookshop to bring us the ‘World Saving Book Shop’. We have listed all of this suggestions below under his own categories 'What had happened was', 'Time for some action', The Play's the thing', 'Let them lead the way', including his recommendations for kids picture books, however please visit this link to purchase any books and support independent book sellers instead of using Amazon.


What had happened was (books about context, "stuff they probably didn't teach you in school")  
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America - Ibram X. Kendi
White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America - Nancy Isenberg
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin Diangelo and Michael Eric Dyson
A People’s History of the United States - Howard Zinn
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot - Mikki Kendall
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World - Anand Giridharadas


Time for some action (books focused on solutions)
How to be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi
Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance - Edgar Villanueva
So You Want to Talk about Race - Ijeoma Oluo
We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter - Celeste Headlee
We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities - Zach Norris and Van Jones
For the Love of Men: From Toxic to a More Mindful Masculinity - Liz Plank
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming - Paul Hawken


The Play’s The thing (mainly memoirs)
How to Be Black - Baratunde Thurston
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors
Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison - Shaka Senghor
Know My Name: A Memoir - Chanel Miller
Men We Reaped: A Memoir - Jesmyn Ward
Negroland: A Memoir - Margo Jefferson
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Let them lead the way (storytime children's books)
The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael Lopez
Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness - Anastasia Higginbotham
How Mamas Love Their Babies - Juniper Fitzgerald and Elise Peterson
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters - Stephen Alcorn and Andrea Davis Pinkney
Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock - Aslan Tudor, Jason EagleSpeaker, and Kelly Tudor
I Am Sonia Sotomayor - Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice - Marianne Celano
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History - Vashti Harrison
My Hair is a Garden - Cozbi A. Cabrera
Red at the Bone - Jacqueline Woodson

Other Books

Have Black Lives Ever Mattered - Mumia Abu-Jamal
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - Richard Rothstein
The Warmth of Other Suns - Book by Isabel Wilkerson
The Fire Next Time - Book by James Baldwin
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Book - Cathy Park Hong
America's Original Sin Book - Jim Wallis
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book - Michelle Alexander
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race Book - Reni Eddo-Lodge
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Book - Mira Jacob
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People Book - Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Book - Layla F Saad
How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America Book - Moustafa Bayoumi
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race - Jesmyn Ward
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Book - Austin Channing Brown
An African American and Latinx History of the United States Book - Paul Ortiz
Citizen: An American Lyric Book - Claudia Rankine
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States Book - Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out Book - Ruth King
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Book - Bryan Stevenson
Tears We Cannot Stop - Michael Eric Dyson
Can We Talk about Race? - Beverly Daniel Tatum
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria - Beverly Daniel Tatum
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on how to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work Book - Tiffany Jewell
The Yellow House Book - Sarah M. Broom
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower - Brittney Cooper
Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People - Benjamin Crump
The World Doesn't Require You: Stories - Rion Amilcar Scott
I'm Telling the Truth, But I'm Lying: Essays - Bassey Ikpi
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present - David Treuer
We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders: A Memoir of Love and Resistance - Linda Sarsour
Dominicana: A Novel - Angie Cruz
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World - Anand Giridharadas
Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own - Eddie Glaude
Solitary - Albert Woodfox
The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong - Karen J. González
Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family - Mitchell S. Jackson
Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America - Karine Jean-Pierre
Little Fires Everywhere Novel - Celeste Ng
This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving - David J. Silverman
The Young Lords: A Radical History - Johanna Fernández
Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration - Emily Bazelon
Full Dissidence - Howard Bryant
The Fire Is Upon Us - Nicholas Buccola
No Justice in the Shadows: How America Criminalizes Immigrants - Alina Das
Heavy: An American Memoir - Kiese Laymon
The Beauty of Your Face - Sahar Mustafah
Revolution of Values: Reclaiming Public Faith for the Common Good - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership - Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Breathe: A Letter to My Sons - Imani Perry
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir - Saeed Jones
Such a Fun Age Novel - Kiley Reid
A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump - Lonnie Bunch
America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States - Erika Lee
Cutting School: The Segrenomics of American Education - Noliwe M Rooks
Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues: Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls - Monique W. Morris
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau: A Novel - Michael Zapata
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together - Heather McGhee
Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century - Charles King
Black Feminist Thought - Patricia Hill Collins
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More - Janet Mock
Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde
The Bluest Eye Novel - Toni Morrison
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century - Danny Glover, Grace Lee Boggs, and Scott Kurashige
Their Eyes Were Watching God Novel - Zora Neale Hurston
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color - Rosario Morales

Films / Shows

13th - Ava Duvernay
American Son - Kenny Leon
Dear White People - Justin Simien
When They See Us - Ava Duvernay
If Beale Street Could Talk - Barry Jenkins
The Hate U Give - George Tillman Jr.
Black Power Mixtape: 1967 -1975
Clemency - Chinonye Chukwu
Fruitvale Station - Ryan Coogler
I Am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin Documentary
Just Mercy - Destin Daniel Cretton
Selma - Ava Duvernay
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Central Park Five - Ken Burns
Time: The Kalief Browder Story
16 Shots
Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement
Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 - John Ridley
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
The Colour Purple
Hoop Dreams
The Great Debaters
Sounder
Hidden Figures
And The Children Shall Lead (family friendly film)
Do The Right Thing
Gook
Mississippi Masala
The Joy Luck Club
Pariah
Malcolm X
In The Heat of the Night
Beatriz at Dinner
12 Years a Slave
Remember the Titans (family friendly film)
Get Out
The Namesake

Podcasts

1619 - The New York Times
About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
Code Switch - NPR
The Diversity Gap
Intersectionality Matters! - Kimberlé Crenshaw
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Pod For The Cause - The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
Pod Save the People - Crooked Media
Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race
Intersection - Jamil Smith
TWiB (This Week in Blackness) - Elon James
Sooo Many White Guys - Phoebe Robinson
Still Processing - The New York Times
The Stoop
The Chicken And Jollof Rice Show
The Nod
Girls Like Me
Dear White Women
Speaking of Race
Bound for Justice
It’s Not a Race

Donate / Support in the USA

George Floyd Memorial Fund
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Black Visions Collective
Reclaim The Block
Campaign Zero
Unicorn Riot
Migizi
Minnesota Voice
Communities Against Police Brutality
I Run With Maud
Bail Funds (split your donation between 39 community bail funds)
The Bail Project
National Bail Fund Network
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
The Atlanta Solidarity Fund
No New Jails NYC
Know Your Rights Camp
Fair Fight

Donate/ Support in NZ

Amnesty International
Multicultural NZ
Arms Down NZ
NZ Human Rights Commission

Our Resources

Anti Racism Center
Book Shop - Baratunde
The Cut
@goodgoodgood
Bustle
@greengirlleah

We will continue to add to these lists as we find more resources. If we have missed any that you know are valuable, we would be so grateful if you could share them with us so that we can continue to educate ourselves together.

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Kia kaha

Libby and Graham Wood June 04, 2020

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