Blackout Tuesday

Blackout Tuesday is an initiative to go silent on social media, reflect on recent events, and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement,” according to www.insider.com.

Black Lives Matter (in Canada) has a mission: To forge critical connections and to work in solidarity with black communities, black-centric networks, solidarity movements, and allies in order to to dismantle all forms of state-sanctioned oppression, violence, and brutality committed against African, Caribbean, and Black cis, queer, trans, and disabled populations in Toronto.

What this means for us…and for you

As Canadians, we’re inclined to the middle ground. We hold strong views about all sorts of global issues, but we’re inclined to temper our expression of opinion.

Donate a Car Canada has over 900 charities for donors to choose from. These charities attend to the needs of the sick, the marginalized, and the four-legged-adorable. Moreover, many address human rights.

The work we do here, every day, 364 days a year speaks to the importance of Blackout Tuesday. Hundreds of Canadians make it their mission to actively seek justice and equality for all. Markedly, this is key to the mission of Donate a Car Canada.

Freedom – of belief, of thought

Recently I had an encounter with a potential donor who expressed strong feelings about donating through our program. Notably, his feelings did not affirm our work! His dismissive concern was that some of the charities on our list have values that do not align with his hopes for Canada. Canadian donors can choose any of our 900+ charities to gift. Two of these charities did not match up with this gentleman’s value system. Therefore, he rejected our program in its entirety. Blackout Tuesday would be a frustrating distraction for him. His belief and thought center around oil & gas, and deep seated frustration with beliefs around environmentalism. For those reasons, he had no space for consideration of other needs.

And that is one of the luxuries of freedom of thought. We can support, judge, and ignore as we wish. We can give, withhold, and companion however we like. Freedom of movement and belief are a given in Canada.

Pausing for just a minute

Today we take just a few seconds out of our day to consider those for whom the right to live peaceably, without interference of discrimination or abuse is not a given. We turn inward and ask important questions: am I prejudiced? Am I afraid of beliefs, nationalities, races, or ways of being that I don’t understand? Can I expand my understanding of my fellow human in some way? Even a small way? Do I understand that history that preambles the unrest of today? What is my part in answering for that history? For the present?

Thank you for considering with us. And with the many Canadian front-line charity workers daily working to ensure equality, fairness, safety, and wellbeing for all.

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