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In response to recent events, Alliance Healing Arts would like to offer a message of inclusion, solidarity, and healing for our communities. Today, we mourn the losses of our Black community members: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Manny Ellis and so many more Black lives whose names go unspoken, who have been killed through police brutality and racist violence.
We would like to state clearly and unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.
Alliance Healing Arts strives to create a space that is inclusive, where deep holistic healing can occur, where the personhood of each member of our community, both patients and staff, is honored. As a clinic that values holistic healing and wellness, we understand that we cannot heal the deep wounds within this country and our communities, without valuing and supporting black lives. Now is the time for us to come together as a community, now is the time to begin healing those deep wounds. None of us are free until we all are.
As always, we would like to include resources for the mental health and wellness for our patients. Check out the resources below for how to stay healthy and well during these challenging times. For our community members on the frontlines, for those protesting, especially for our black community members: we hope that you take moments to care for yourself and your mental health. Below are some resources for you and for us all to stay well.
We also would like to take this opportunity to invite you to action. Get informed, donate to organizers and bail funds, sign petitions, call your local representatives. Below is a guide of resources that we have compiled (based on Obama.org and other trusted sources) for you all on how to get engaged and stay engaged. And remember: engagement looks different depending on the intersection of our identities, so please be kind to yourselves and engage in the ways that make the most sense for you and your safety and well being.
Mental Health/Self Care Resources
The Ride Daily Meditation: Everyday starting on June 2nd, the Ride will be holding a 5 minute meditation followed by a 3-5 minute dance… 7:40-7:45 meditation and 7:45 dance. Join for one or both. Instagram: @therideseattle, follow them on Facebook here
Open Path Psychotherapy Collective: therapists provide affordable, in-office and online
psychotherapy sessions between $30 and $60 (between $30 and $80 for couples & family sessions)
Resources for Black Healing: a google doc created by a self-identified black woman and social worker, including resources surrounding trauma in general and racial trauma as well as other resources.
Get informed: read these articles to learn about police violence and antiracism in America (source: Obama.org)
Equal Justice Initiative—Tragic Death of George Floyd Reveals Continuing Problem of Police Violence: A reflection on the current state of police reform with recommendations for progress.
Campaign Zero—Solutions: A look at data- and research-informed policy solutions that communities can put in place to end police violence.
Center for Policing Equity—The Science of Justice: Race, Justice, and Police Use of Force: This detailed report delves into police administrative data to show disparities in the use of force. You can watch the director of the Center, Phillip Atiba Goff, deliver a TED talk on fighting racism and improving policing here.
The Opportunity Agenda—Promoting Accountability: Learn how police accountability works, and the four mechanisms—community-based, political, civil, and criminal—for holding law enforcement accountable.
Parenting & Anti-racism resources: As you begin to read more and inform yourself on racial issues, make sure to buy your books from Black owned bookstores rather than Amazon. Here’s a list of stores you can order from.
Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup: podcasts, articles, and books for adults and children (based on age) about anti-racism.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture—Talking About Race: An online portal to help families, individuals, and communities talk about racism and commit to being antiracist.
Webinar: AntiRacism Parenting as Practice: Exploring Race, Whiteness, and Privilege Through a Fifth Grade History Assignment, JUNE 17TH, 6:00PM PDT. Sign up for this webinar with Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, Cultural Food Studies Scholar, & Facilitator, A. Breeze Harper, PhD
Support Local Black-Owned Businesses
Black owned restaurants open for takeout in Seattle
We Buy Black is an online marketplace where customers may purchase everything they want and need provided by Black owned businesses. Sellers may register to sell their products to a diverse, open, and international market. Webuyblack.com was created by Howard University Alumnus Shareef Abdul-Malik in 2015 after being inspired: “I was inspired by a common motif heard among all great black leaders, we need to do for self and allow the world the opportunity to buy directly from the Black community.” The site was launched for public purchases on June 19th 2015, which marked the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth.
Seattle Black Business Directory – local facebook page with listings of black owned brick and mortars in the Seattle area. We urge that everyone experience the site by making a purchase today! Thank you!
The Ride: The Ride not only is hosting daily meditations, but is also one of our favorite cycling spots in Seattle! Support this black, woman owned local business by signing up for online classes here.
Color of Change—Sign a Petition to End Violent Policing Against Black People Sign this petition calling for the end of police violence against Black people.
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund—Go Fund Me Support George Floyd’s family through this fund designed to cover expenses as well as care for his children and their education.
Reclaim The Block, Minneapolis @reclaimtheblock Reclaim the Block is a community coalition representing activists, organizers, faith and community leaders united by the demand that Minneapolis divest from policing and invest in long-term alternatives that would decrease the scope of MPD and promote healthier, safer, more diverse communities. Donate here.
Black Visions @BlackVisionsMNBLVC is a Black-led, Queer and Trans centering organization whose mission is to organize powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems of violence. We do this through building strategic campaigns, investing in Black leadership, and engaging in cultural and narrative organizing. Donate here.
Minnesota Freedom Fund Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) exists to offer low-rate bail to arrested individuals who do not represent a threat to the community and to end the cash bail system in Minnesota. Donate here.
North Star Health Collective (Medical Donation): North Star includes street medics, radical health organizers, and community health trainers. Contact [email protected] if you need street medics for an event. Since 2008, based out of the Twin Cities on occupied Dakota land. Donate here.
Rest in Power.
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Image Description: a square filled with four artistic depictions of Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, alive and encircled in flowers, smiling with dignity.