Breathe, said the wind
How can I breathe at a time like this,
when the air is full of the smoke
of burning tires, burning lives?
Just breathe, the wind insisted. (entire poem here)
Carol Sanford’s Indirect Work — Read chapters 5-6 and do the intermezzo journaling assignments for discussion.
- (11-min video) Why The Gold Rush Is One Of The Darkest Moments In US History
- (article) A secret society in Brooklyn, NY tied to the Underground Railroad fights to save its home
(film) The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
- Five principles for making state and local reparations plans reparative.
Food for thought from Camara Jones ‘Allegories on Race and Racism
- Generative Somatics
- Wake Up, an anti-racist organization focused on dismantling white supremacy
- So often, when race and racism is discussed, the focus is on BIPOC people. Discussing Whiteness shifts the focus to the anti-racist work that white people need to do. Two recommended videos on whiteness:
The lie that invented racism | John Biewen (18 min TED Talk)
- 6 Tips for White People Who Want to Celebrate Black History
- Black Inventors Hall of Fame
- Art In Conversation: Black Resistance in Contemporary Art exhibit at the Museum of Sonoma County
- Exhibit at the Petaluma Museum: From Enslavement to the Path of Freedom: The Power of Black Resistance.
- The Sonoma County Library offers information, books for all ages, and a variety of events HERE
- Sonoma State University’s listing of Black Community Resources
- Greg Sarris’ speech. Information and story about the indigenous people Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok who lived in Sonoma County, along with a brief history of changes brought by the Spanish, Mexican and then U.S. governments. One of the questions: “[Pre-contact,] how did so many people, living so close together for so long a period, get along? Speaking so many different languages, so many different cultures.” I found his answers to this question to be in concert with the ideas in Indirect Work.
Suzanna: 26 day racial healing journey
After George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis Police officer on May 25, 2020, our mindfulness community came together as a commitment to being a positive force for racial justice. We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.
Each session is inspiring as we listen, learn, share and stir up ideas and actions, supporting each other in a safe space.