International Day of the Girl, DeRay McKesson, Jenny Farr, Jack’s & The Dots (B+A Bulletin #157)

International Day of the Girl, DeRay McKesson, Jenny Farr, Jack’s & The Dots (B+A Bulletin #157)

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Hey there, hello…

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But boasting isn’t a good look on anyone, so let’s move swiftly into Bulletin #157…

B+A Brilliance

Thursday 11 October is International Day of the Girl: a celebration of female empowerment, while also highlighting the challenges women face worldwide. We’re here for it. And so is Tate, who have partnered with Girls Gotta Run Foundation to promote the cause with a scenic 5k run through London – culminating in a panel discussion on the power of collaboration across sectors to empower girls and women around the world. The door’s open to everyone – get involved.

B+A Books etc.

In 2015, DeRay McKesson quit his $110,000-a-year job as a human resources official at Minneapolis Public School and moved to St. Louis, Missouri, to join the second year of protests in Ferguson over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Fast forward to 2018, and he’s made a career out of activism.

Tamika went to the Arlene Schnitzer to check out his inaugural book-tour On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope. We were promised a “no-holds-barred conversation about inclusion, community, and progress” hosted by local nonprofit Literary Arts. While it felt a little more ‘soundbite-y’ than conversational, we still respect the work he’s done and continues to do on the ground for social equity.

B+A Big Up

There’s a bunch of different ways to change the world, and thankfully they don’t all involve quitting your job and moving across the country like DeRay McKesson did. This week we want to shout out Jenny Farr, who’s been bringing in serious cash as a volunteer for the NSPCC for an incredible 60 years, both in her hometown of Nottingham and throughout the UK. Fundraising can be a thankless task, but we see you, Jenny!

B+A Babble

Tesco announced this week that it is opening a new discount supermarket chain, Jack’s, across the UK. Looking past the branding…the opening sparked two streams of chatter on the B+A Slack: 1) what impact does this have on the sustainability/anti-plastic movement in the UK? and 2) the venture is a clear indicator of the value of the budget sector for big brands, pointing to a stubborn squeeze on household wealth. Tesco, we’d love to chat to you about this, if you’re interested…;)

B+A Bye…

That’s yer lot! Whilst we’re talking food though, Plantain Papers are on the hunt for an editorial art director + designer to work on Edition 002 – hit Tamika up for details.

Love, team B+A x