Since I was a child I have been preoccupied with bullying and people not standing up for each other when awful things are being done – often in plain sight. When I was 8 I saw a book of photographs of people imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Men, women and children, living skeletons but still just alive, looking into the camera. Someone took those photographs and they published them and let the world know. As the writer James Baldwin famously and beautifully wrote ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.’ When terrible things are happening it is so overwhelming that people think nothing they can do can ever make a difference - and turn away. But there is ALWAYS something that can be done and it starts with not turning away. Anything, however small is it, is caring. And it is the caring that starts the change, people helping each other and being kind. That is when you can see what it is you can do to help. If we don’t turn away we start to notice what can be done, however small the gesture is - it is huge. Opening our hearts to people instead of closing up in fear will change things by itself.
All the profits from the Artist Series t-shirts will go to Southall Black Sisters https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/ and East Los Angeles Women’s Centre https://www.elawc.org/
Both of these charities provide support and assistance for women escaping from domestic violence.
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