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Acting as transparent as we can be, it's been a rough week. Protests ignited across the Untied States this weekend is response to the killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, who died in the way of countless African Americans before him - at the hands of a police officer. Across the country, people of all backgrounds use their First Amendment rights to march to state their grievances with the systemic injustice that has been happening for several decades.
We are pushing out this article to help people stay safe, all of us, together, to flood the streets in search of long-overdue justice against the system that allows only some to win, but not all. Let these resources prove valuable not just for the Black community, but all those participating in the protests.
The Therapy for Black Girls podcast is a weekly support group that is broadcast to its nearly 30,000 member-base every Thursday at 7PM EST via Facebook. The group exists as an open-forum to discuss issues that stand in the way of living a normal life as an African American. "It's not enough to just survive, the goal should be to thrive," reads the landing page.
HealHaus is a donation-based, moving meditation held via Instagram Live. Their next session is on June 3rd at 7 PM EST.
Hosted by Intuitive Wellness Practitioner, Tiffani Moore, this meditation series aims to serve as a "healing space in a time of chaos where black people endure incessant injustices, we maintain committed to holding space for our fried while still cultivating our joy. We deserve to breathe easy and nourish ourselves during this time, and this week for our IG community programming we will center our experience and collective trauma."
All donation proceeds will go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Reclaim the Block and George Floyd's family.
Mental health therapist, Kamilah Majied, PhD, and meditation teacher Ruth King are hosting a free retreat on June 7th at 3pm EST via Zoom. While the retreat is primarily dedicated to advancing the mental health wellness to the Black Community, the event is open to all.
This wellness retreat offers a 2-hour seminar focused on meditative practices that help us awaken and sustain our physical, emotional, social, and communal wellness.
If you have the means to, consider donating to one of several relief funds put in place to further advance the goals of the protests. The relief organizations exist to advocate the rights for People of Color and protect those that participate in social activism such as protests.
George Floyd Memorial Fund - The George Floyd Memorial Fund is managed by George's brother, Philonise Floyd for the family's benefit.
Reclaim The Block - Reclaim The Block is a coalition to demand that Minneapolis divests from policing and invest in long-term alternatives.
National Bail Out - National Bail Out works to end systems of mass incarceration and reunite families.
Black Lives Matter - Black Lives Matter is an international human rights movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.
Bail Project - The Bail Project is a national nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.
Black Visions Collective - Black Visions Collective is a Minnesota-based organization dedicated to Black liberation.
Campaign Zero - Campaign Zero is a nonprofit organization that seeks to limit interventions, improve community interactions, and ensure accountability between the local law enforcement and People of Color communities.
Innocence Project - Innocence Project exonerates the wrongfully convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
Anti-Police Terror Project (APTP) - The APTP is a multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color.
Community Ready Corps (CRC) - The CRC's prime objective is to build and/or contribute to self-determination in disenfranchised communities.
While support groups bring the community together and donating to relief funds further fuel the cause, the single most important step you can take is to TAKE ACTION.
Taking action comes in many forms, most notably, you can peacefully protest. Every American has the right to demonstrate peacefully under the protection of the First Amendment. While there are some measures officials can use to limit protests, being educated on your rights allows you to do this safely.
The single-most important thing you can do to be part of this change is to vote. All American citizens have the right to register to vote at age 18. By voting, you are exercising your right to be part of the change at the systemic level. Voting not only puts individuals sworn to uphold our interests in power, but also keeps them accountable.
Our country has experienced a very tumultuous four years. Come June 6th and November 3rd, make your voice heard and vote for your Senator, your Congress representative, and your President.
We hope this article serves you well in these troubling times we find ourselves in. Injustice targeted towards a specific community is injustice targeted at everyone and as members of the community, it is our responsibility to be part of the change.
Before we end the article, we'd like to share some additional actions you can take to further advance the change:
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Stay safe everyone.
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