Celebrate Mothers/Mamas/Mami’s Day!

Looking for a way to celebrate the folks who raised you–but from a slightly different perspective than you would get down at Hallmark? The good people over at Strong Families (a project of Forward Together/Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) present Mama’s Day, a multicultural, queer-friendly celebration of the folks who do some of the most significant (and unpaid) work in our society.

As usual, Jamilah King at Colorlines has the scoop:

“I can’t find a Mother’s Day card that looks at our identities in a way that is sentimental for me and my mom,” says Shanelle Matthews, communications coordinator at Forward Together, an Oakland-based organization that’s leading the e-Card drive through its Strong Families initiative. Matthews grew up as one of three kids in a single-parent black household, and wants to celebrate her mother’s hard work. “This campaign is personally close to be because I can finally say something to my mom on Mother’s Day that’s actually of cultural relevance and value.”

Help support Mama’s Day!

(Thanks Perez for the tip!)

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  • http://twitter.com/jobopaqu Jose B Padillla

    i have always leaned toward cards that didn’t have people on them, due to the lack of brown figures. a duck surrounded by ducklings, a blank card with a picture my mom would like, etc. good to see that other options are becoming available.

    • Jay

       I used to be a greeting card buyer for a retail store. We carried about
      1500 card designs from several dozen different vendors, most of them big
      companies like Papyrus, Recycled, etc. During my work day I would look
      through catalogs as large as the dictionary, searching for new cards to
      order.

      I would estimate that the number of designs we were able to get that
      featured people of color was about twenty, total. Of those, almost all
      featured black people, so if you didn’t want a card with a white or
      black person you were limited to cards without people on them.

      I made a point of contacting the vendors who did have POC cards and telling them I liked that they carried them and would buy more if they were available. As a customer, probably the best thing you could do is ask to speak to the card buyer at the stores you shop at, and tell them what you’d like to see on the shelves. Stores are limited by what their vendors stock, but they in turn may speak to the vendors and tell them what the customers are asking for.