As much as our mission is to provide couples with a trustworthy platform for discovering Indian wedding vendors, we are equally as driven to always do the right thing. Doing the right thing, includes standing on the right side of history, when it comes to social issues. In 2020, the movements we actively stood for were the Black Lives Matter and Kisaan movements. This is our statement on why we are moving our social justice activities from Instagram, to this platform.
When George Floyd died on May 25, 2020, and the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum, our team felt the need to do the right thing. A member of our team did what he did best, and created a dream team of software engineers to build an important app to help raise awareness on killings carried out by police officers. That app was done in partnership with Grass Roots Law Project, an organization associated with Shaun King. The app can be seen here.
6 months later, our team got word of the Farmer’s march to Delhi, which started on towards the end of November. By 11/29, members of the PlanEvents.ca team mobilized multiple initiatives aimed at raising funds for the protesters, and facilitating multiple educational sessions (thank you Dr. Harjeet Singh Grewal from U of Calgary, Coaches Don’t Play Podcast, and DJ Heer) on the 3 agricultural bills passed by the Indian government. During our campaigning for the Kisaan movement on Instagram, we had experienced at least 3 instances of shadow banning. The first 2 instances of shadow banning resulted in our Instagram account being partially blocked. The third time we experienced shadow banning, our team discovered that our Instagram account had been deleted. Shortly after, we had our account re-instated, and made the decision to move our discussions of social issues from Instagram to our website (where you are, now). Ever since we have made this move, we have stopped experiencing shadow banning.
With that said, PlanEvents.ca is not the only company or internet personality to report being shadow banned for sharing content about the Farmer’s Protest. After speaking with others who have experienced similar issues, our team concluded that it is not in our best interest to rely on a third party, for spreading awareness on issues like the Farmer’s Protest.
Moving forward, this blog post will contain all key resources we follow or have published, in relation to social movements we have actively participated in. For now, we have linked those things relating to the Farmers and Black Lives Matter Movements, below.
Indian Farmers' Protest
Below are a list of organizations, we encourage people to donate to.
The following is a description about them, from their website. “Sahaita is a non-profit health and children welfare foundation headquartered in San Francisco(Bay Area), California, USA and has chapters in India and Canada. Sahaita is committed to educating, supporting and uplifting the underprivileged members of society. We accomplish this through healthcare initiatives, education sponsorships, vocational training and affiliated partner non-profit organizations.”
The following is a description about them, from their website. “Khalsa Aid is an international NGO with the aim to provide humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world. The organisation is based upon the Sikh principle of “Recognise the whole human race as one.”
Below is the primary news source we use, for getting news about the protests from the source of the protest-site.
The following is a description about them, from their website. “#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives”.
Are there any other social justice issues you would like us to support? Let us know in the comments.