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Black Lives Matter & Anti-Racism: Where Do We Stand?

Posted by admin on June 26, 2020 in Black Lives Matter, Human Rights |

The question we should be asking ourselves is “Why do Black Lives Still Not Matter after all this time?”  After the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and much more both before and after, why are we still in this dark inhuman place? Who would not want to walk side by side with Martin Luther King on his March to Washington and breathe in his words at the Lincoln Memorial.  Who would not want to walk side by side today with our fellow Black Lives? 

We are proud to provide a piece on “Black Lives Matter” written by our staff. We support and endorse it fully.

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Black Lives Matter & Anti-Racism: Where Do We Stand?

The last couple of months have been a whirlwind for everyone, to say the least. I think we can all agree that 2020 has not gone the way many of us have planned or imagined. In the midst of a global health pandemic, we have simultaneously witnessed the emergence of a great social shift. George Floyd’s murder was a heartbreaking and egregious act of injustice that Black communities are, unfortunately, all too familiar with. Although the pain and numbing of this open hate is felt the same each time it occurs, something was different this time. Black communities and non-Black allies alike, said enough is enough.

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Mosaic Home Care does not condone racism or hatred of any kind and we have taken it upon ourselves to create safe spaces for people from all races, ethnicities, creed and sexuality. Embedding anti-racism in our work structures and models, from the care we provide to the interactions with community members, is something we acknowledge is necessary and how we move in the right direction.

When working in careers based on and positioned in community work, it’s important to work from an anti-oppressive lens while including anti-racism, anti-colonialism, and social justice frameworks. Recognizing unearned white privilege is also important and understanding that it exists because of historic, enduring racism and biases. To know that someone automatically has an advantage just because of the colour of their skin is to recognize privilege. Providing the spaces to enhance the voice of marginalized and oppressed groups, through your unearned privilege, is essential.

You might wonder where you fit into all of this, “how can I help?”. We have seen various forms of activism and tools for change come into play recently that help advance social justice substantively in different ways.

Activism can range anywhere from personal critical self-reflection, pursuing education, expanding your community/relationship boundaries, taking part in local protests and having difficult conversations with family and friends. A dialogue around these social justice issues is not only essential but long overdue.

As a company, our staff held a guided discussion about Black Lives Matter movement and Anti-Racism. This conversation was difficult, uncomfortable, and eye-opening but it was an important conversation to have. Mosaic’s goal is to work towards ending the silence and continue the conversation. To do so, Mosaic has created a Resource Board platform for our team and we want to share some of our resources with you. These resources are a great place to start to learn more about the Black Lives Matter Movement and Anti-racism. These resources allow us to dive deeper into race issues right here in Toronto and and across the world.

If you want to share any resources with our team that you may have come across, please email us at info@mosaichomecare.com.
Thank you,

Sarah McGilvray (bio) & Beth Eshete (bio)

Podcasts:

Brene Brown and Ibram X. Kendi: How To Be an Antiracist

https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist/

9 Podcasts on Racism: Understanding The Black Lives Matter Movement
https://www.harpersbazaararabia.com/featured-news/podcasts-on-racism-black-lives-matter-resources

Movies/TV Shows:

Just Mercy
American Son
Mudbound
When They See Us
Selma
13th
Get Out
Fruitvale Station
* You can stream any of these movies online/using a streaming platform. Keep in mind that Netflix Canada has added a new Black Lives Matter category as well.
Educational Links:

Anti-Racism Voices and Resources
https://sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/antiracism-voicesandresources/home?authuser=1

National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal:
https://nmaahc.si.edu/about/news/national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-releases-talking-about-race-web

Talking about Race:
https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice:
https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

Anti-Racism Resource Centre:
http://www.anti-racism.ca/
Welcome to the Anti-Racism Movement – Here’s What You’ve Missed
https://medium.com/the-establishment/welcome-to-the-anti-racism-movement-heres-what-you-ve-missed-711089cb7d34
Implicit Bias Test
https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/
Holy Sh*t, being an allly isn’t about me!
https://medium.com/@realtalkwocandallies/holy-shit-being-an-ally-isnt-about-me-ae2de5c47514

Support Black-Owned Businesses:
Black-owned businesses in Toronto you can support right now

https://nowtoronto.com/lifestyle/black-owned-businesses-toronto/
135 Black-owned restaurants and other businesses in Toronto you can support right now
https://www.blogto.com/city/2020/06/black-owned-restaurants-businesses-toronto/

Message From Jane and Nathalie to our community(from our current newsletter)

Posted by admin on June 8, 2020 in Mosaic, Newsletters |

When providing care to persons and families our primary objective is to facilitate expression of a person’s physical, social and emotional abilities. Social networks and community connections remain important. Life continues, we continue to grow and learn, to connect and to be in this world of deep meaning and context. For most of us COVID-19 […]

MOSAIC’s Advocacy Position on Pandemic Pay: No frontline health care worker should be left behind!

Posted by admin on May 14, 2020 in Advocacy, COVID-19 |

From “The Forgotten Frontline: homecare during the pandemic”[1]: “This pandemic has shone a light on the extent to which, so few people understand what homecare is. For too many there is still an outdated image of homecare as ‘mopping and shopping,’ as a set of practical activities designed to make people feel better but not […]

Social distancing is not enough, we also need social networking awareness and much more attention to basic hygiene!

Posted by admin on March 30, 2020 in COVID-19, Hygiene and Handwashing, Social and Physical Distancing |

As a home care provider working and collaborating with persons with complex care needs, their families and the wider community we are especially aware of the greater vulnerability that many have to the Novel Coronavirus, both young and old. There is a lot of information on the COVID 19 virus: – Some sources say that […]

6th Annual Conference, European Society for Person Centered Health Care (London, UK, February 2020)

Posted by admin on March 22, 2020 in Conferences, European Society For Person Centered Health Care |

Amidst the Coronavirus storm we have managed to piece together a summary of the recent 6th Annual Conference of the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare in London, UK, from 27th to 28th February of this year. Conference Brochure —- What a conference! Speakers and delegates from around the world, and well engaged panel discussions […]

Active Living with Walking Poles (Urban Poling)

Posted by admin on February 2, 2020 in Health and exercise, Nordixx Pole Walking, Pole Walking |

It is not uncommon to see someone strolling past with a cane, having to rely on it for balance and stability. But don’t be surprised if you see someone zip past you on the street, propelled by specialized walking poles. This is exactly what participating in a fitness activity called Urban Poling (aka Nordic walking) […]

SAFE WINTER WALKING – YOU’RE INVITED!

Posted by admin on January 19, 2020 in Community, Health and exercise |

Urban Poling is excited to be partnering with Mosaic Home Care Services in hosting a free round-table discussion on Winter Walking Safety on January 28 @ 10:30 am at the Armour Heights Armour Heights Presbyterian Church (Community Café)! Please join us to learn all about valuable winter walking and fall prevention safety tips while walking […]

Pictures & a Testimonial from Mosaic’s Winter Holiday Celebration–Special Guest Ori Dagan and

Posted by admin on January 5, 2020 in Community, Community Centres, Events, Holidays - Christmas, Winter Holiday Event |

Here are some pictures from our Winter Holiday Celebration headlined by Ori Dagan. “Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and exciting places. His rich baritone voice and impressive abilities as an improviser produce an instantly recognizable sound. In live performance, he surrounds himself with Canada’s finest musicians, […]

Supporting identity and its opportunity for expression may be a better way of looking at falls risks.

Posted by admin on December 12, 2019 in Falls, Health and exercise, Person Centered Care |

Person centered home care requires sensitivity to the character, identity, wishes and abilities of the person:  Much care provision is still overly focused on completing set tasks, on illness, “age” and the many risks posed by daily living.  Person centered home care is dependent on close collaborative relationships sensitive to the person, their preferences, their […]

REMEMBERING THE PAST AND THE PRESENT (Dina Campeis on November and the Danish term Hygge)

Posted by admin on October 12, 2019 in Keynote |

November. It’s the one month of the year that seems dreary. The days are shorter. The leaves have fallen and the grass is brown. And the cold wind and rain seem to blow right through you. It’s time to cozy up! Pull out the soft blankets and candles (battery-operated candles are fine). If you have […]

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