Zachera Photo denounces any form of racism,
social injustice, or hate.
The wedding photography industry is steeped in systemic bias towards white, able bodied, cisgender couples. This page seeks to create sustained change within my own company and act as a resource for sharing what I'm learning with my community. Whether you are a peer, a client or a friend, please join me in my continued education and contributions to some incredible organizations.
Additions, suggestions and feedback are welcome.
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about its inclusive design and the
Kickstarter campaign bringing it to life.
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- The only Black, Women - owned book store in Chicago
What I'm reading...
" Antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively."
"On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, was raided by police. But instead of responding with compliance, the patrons and a growing crowd decided to fight back. The five days of rioting that ensued changed forever the face of gay and lesbian life.
Renowned historian and activist Martin Duberman tells the full story of this pivotal moment in history. "
"The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been
reluctant to face."
What I'm watching...
Directed by: Ava DuVernay
An exploration of the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with
Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars. This piercing, Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards.
Click the thumbnail to be taken directly to the documentary on YouTube (via Netflix)
If Beale Street Could Talk
Directed by: Berry Jenkins
Based on the Novel by:
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime
he did not commit.
Stream this film on Hulu
The Racial Wealth Gap
In partnership with Vox, this enlightening series will take viewers deep inside a wide range of culturally relevant topics, questions, and ideas.
In this episode: Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.
Click the thumbnail to be taken directly to the episode on YouTube (via Netflix).
If you are able, please join me in donating to these organizations doing important work to improve the lives of the BIPOC, and LGBTQ communities.
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"The Loveland Foundation was established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle in response to her widely successful birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls. Her enthusiastic social media community raised over $250,000, which made it possible for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support. Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations.
The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of this effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, ultimately we hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities we serve."
"The Lavender Rights Project (LRP) advances a more just and equitable society by providing low-cost civil legal services and community programming centered in values of social justice for trans and queer low-income people and other marginalized communities.
Through direct representation and community programming, our by-and-for services aim to radically re-imagine the legal landscape for LGBTQ+ people while building community resilience, encouraging self-advocacy, and asserting the rights of marginalized populations."
"Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.
EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America."