At Mercy For Animals, we stand united in support of Black Lives Matter principles and against systemic racism and anti-Blackness. In June, we made nine commitments to guide our evolution into an antiracist organization. Below is a summary of our progress.
The committee has designed, in partnership with Critical Diversity Solutions, and distributed an organization-wide DEIJ literacy survey to help us gain a better understanding of our current collective knowledge of and familiarity with DEIJ principles and practices. This will enable us to design, build, and offer tailored learning and growth opportunities to help increase our DEIJ literacy in meaningful and effective ways.
The committee sent nine team members, including from Brazil, Latin America, the United States, and Canada, to the Encompass Foundational DEI Institute, a transformative two-day training on DEI and racial equity in the farmed animal protection movement.
Our public engagement team created a six-month content plan to educate supporters on key intersections of racism and animal suffering in our food system, such as environmental racism, worker exploitation, and food deserts. We’ve also contributed video content pro bono in support of BIPOC-led projects:
We’ve also published several DEIJ-related blog posts and led social media campaigns and promotional offers: