5 new ways to help this week (13 December 2020)

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Each week the WCWD team adds new content to the site – we keep it relevant to make sure you’re informed on the latest!

But because we also know it can be overwhelming with so much information flying around, we’ve collated 5 new things for you to get involved in this week,

whether you do one or all five, you can make a difference.

1. What is going on in India and why should we care? Support Punjab and Haryana’s small farmers

The Indian government has passed new agricultural bills that remove minimum support prices meaning corporations can monopolise the farming economy in Punjab, Haryana’s and Uttar Pradesh.

It is feared that prices will be pushed so low that small farmers will not be able to cope. An estimated 200 million people have protested against these new bills.

In 2019 it is estimated that 10,281 farmers died from suicide in India because of stresses caused by farming. These new bills will only increase the pressure on farmers.

Image: Protesters gather outside India’s consulate in Vancouver on Dec. 2 to protest the proposed regulations affecting farmers in India. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Why should we care?

In this global economy, we are all connected and these events affect your own food and clothing supply!

India is the world's largest producer, consumer and exporter of spices, producing about 68% of the world's spices, such as: pepper, cardamom, chilli, ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, garlic, curry powder and fennel.

India is also one of the leading exporters of rice, milk, wheat and other cereals. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, India is also the world's leading producer of cotton (even surpassing China). Read more on CNN.

What can we do?

Spread awareness using the #IstandwithFarmers #Farmerprotest #DilliChalo hashtags.

Email your MP demanding action is taken against the Indian government. You can use the template on https://www.savingpunjab.org/.

Donate to Khalsa Aid, an international humanitarian relief group, with a team on the ground working with protest organisers and Sahaita, a volunteer-based humanitarian non-profit, collecting donations to help affected families.

To read more about what’s happening check out articles on Aljazeera and The Guardian.

Image: Farmers Protesting in Patiala. (PTI Image)

2. Demand the adoption of the Halo Code

1 in 4 Black adults had a negative experience at school in relation to their hair texture - The Good Hair Study by Perception Institute & The Hair Equality Report by World Afro Day & De Montfort University

For too long, Black people have been told that our hair textures and hairstyles are inappropriate, unattractive, and unprofessional. We’ve been suspended from school, held back in our careers, and made to feel inferior by racist policies and attitudes - The Halo Collective

Help end hair discrimination by demanding schools and places of work adopt the Halo code...

The Halo Code explicitly protects students and staff who come to school with natural hair and protective hairstyles associated with their racial, ethnic, and cultural identities. - The Halo Collective

You can write to your workplace and you can copy and send this pre-written email to schools.

Ask the government to fix up the law by signing these two petitions:

1. Protect Afro textured hair! Amend the UK Equality Act to include hair

2. Ban Hair Discrimination In The UK

And finally, do your research. Read up on hair discrimination and read testimonies from the collective.

3. Celebrate International Migrants Day (18th Dec)

There are 272 million migrants living across the world - United Nations

To mark this year’s International Migrants Day, attend the online panel discussion on Tuesday 15th December 18:30-20:00 hosted by PPT Rights of migrants and featuring activists Frances Timberlake and Dorothy Guerrero, journalist Yasha Maccanico, and campaigner Khadija Najlaoui.

Over the evening they will discuss issues of border struggles, community surveillance and the rights of the undocumented.

Book your ticket.

Image: A family walks faces an uncertain future after dozens of refugees and migrants were rescued by an Italian coastguard vessel and landed at the port of Augusta after their own ship was sinking in the Mediterranean sea in 2015. (UNHCR/Francesco Malavolta)

You may also find our blog on the refugee crisis interesting and full on quick bites of information.

A great charity to support in the UK is Refugees at home - read their blog with us here!

4. Get inspired with Josie Naughton and Jameela Jamil

On her latest podcast, Jameela Jamil talks with Josie Naughton, founding member of charity Choose Love.

They discuss the experience and challenges facing refugees, Josie’s journey into activism and how to make changes on a personal and political level.

Listen here


5. Sustainable and Ethical Swap: Presents

Left your Christmas shopping to the last minute? We’ve got your back.

Presents are a great way of making someone smile whilst also donating money to great causes.

Check out your favourite charities and see if they have shops that use profits to fund their work. To get you started check out Amnesty International and Choose Love’s online shop.

Give a present that helps protect the UK’s wildlife. Sponsoring an animal in someone’s name is a great way to fund the vital conservation efforts of The Wildlife Trusts. With doormice, otters and dolphins to choose from, it's great present for children.

You can also get some beautiful stocking fillers from https://www.made51.org/ (a brand created by UN Refugee Agency).

Every product in the MADE51 collection also works to preserve cultural traditions, create a sense of purpose for refugee artisans and gives the world a window into their rich vibrant communities. - MADE51

You can also give the gift of eco-friendly products such as handmade soap, deodorant sticks, reusable face cloths, reusable water bottles and tote bags.

REMEMBER shop local and where possible purchase in store as online deliveries will increase your carbon footprint significantly.

& before each purchase remember to check that the material, production and packaging is sustainably and ethically sourced.

Image: https://mygreencloset.com

Now it's time for a cup of positivi-tea!

Argentina’s parlimentary lower house has approved a landmark bill that brings the country one step closer to legalising abortion. The upper house is expected to vote on the bill before the end of 2020. To learn more check out this article.

Come back again next week for more ideas about how you can get involved and make a difference. In the meantime, if you know of any initiatives in your community that you think we should promote get in touch.

Have some more time to give? Find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and at our website for more inspiration.

Do you want to be our next guest blogger for our Voices of Change blog series or want to write for our Spotlight series? Then please get in touch.

Contributor for this blog: Laura Toms

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