August 2018 Newsletter
Hello All! Hopeful, timely, and relevant. That's how I experience the resources this month. As the summer months speed by, and the world continues to be rocked by what seem like daily crises, we need to hear wise words that help us take stock. Where are we? How are we reacting to critique? How can we better understand the challenges facing others?
Patrisse Cullors retains a positive outlook. This short article articulates some of the successes of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and how it continues to make a difference.

Don’t let the title turn you off! Lean into it. There is significant value in the pattern Leslie Mac identifies and a prescription for something white allies should do instead.

My summer reading! This 2016 book finally made it to the top of my bedside stack. I can’t recommend it strongly enough. It’s powerfully written, and it explains issues underlying the tensions that play out within activist groups. Essential for anyone who cares about supporting movements for justice, this well-researched book is motivating and inspiring!
Resources from Embrace Race
Families are not yet re-united. Family separation is ongoing and unresolved. We need to stay attentive to how many families remain separated and what is at stake. From Embrace Race, here are a set of resources on race and kids in regards to immigration and trauma.

VIDEO: Child Psychologist breaks down the trauma of family separation - by ABC News

For Latinx-American Kids, Fear of La Migra Has Always Existed -  by Ella Ceron for Teen Vogue

"These Books Can Help": Reading to Kids About Immigration and Refugees - by Jen Gann for The Cut

The Muslim ban expands the cruel practice of family separation - by Rachel Brown and Georgia Travers for WaPo

This is a useful 5-minute video that offers an overview of how banks have helped maintain the wealth gap between white and black people for two centuries.

In case you missed it last month! I’m thrilled to announce this new interactive website. It offers a large set of FREE exercises you can mix-and-match to suit the needs of your community. Used as a companion to the reading of Living in the Tension, and anchored in a mindset of “both/and,” the site provides agendas and handouts so groups can build community, analysis, emotional capacity, and skills to engage on topics of racial justice.

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