I have taken some time to educate myself and listen
so I could write this from the humanity of my heart,
and the logic and reasoning in my head.
I was raised racist.
I was told to not be friends with Black people.
I was told not to get darker.
I was told to put a clothespin on my nose to make it look more “white.”
I see now how problematic these things are.
I am sorry for not taking action and using my privilege sooner.
I am sorry for not taking the cries of our Black siblings as seriously as I do now.
I am committing to doing better now.
I do not take commitments lightly.
My word is something I hold sacred.
It is the magic that manifests.
This is a movement.
This is not a moment.
This is not action out of reactive shame.
This is a game plan to make systemic change.
This is not a newsletter.
This is a commitment.
Committed, consistent action is what this movement needs.
It is the only way it lives on.
Black Lives Matter doesn’t need another performative business ally.
It needs a business accomplice.
It needs companies that not only put their money where their mouth is,
but really put their own superpowers in service to their mission
to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe.
We aim to be that accomplice.
What We Are Doing Now:
Passion Planner’s vision is a world where everyone has access to the tools and community they need to heal.
When we heal ourselves,
the healing ripples to our families,
and eventually the world.
The world cannot heal if our Black siblings are treated like second class citizens.
We cannot heal if we continue to support the powers that keep it that way.
We cannot heal if we keep wounding one of our own.
We cannot heal if those who wound others are not served justice.
We are playing this game of revolution on level expert,
in the midst of a pandemic,
heated internet debates,
violence and greed.
It is hard.
It is tiring.
I know we will not always get it right,
but we are committed to doing our best.
I love you all, and remember,
It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to start.
Angelia “Angel” Trinidad
CEO and Founder, Passion Planner