A Necessary Connection: #13

Updated Resources 6/28/20 (bottom)

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COVID-19 Updates from me, numbers 1-12, are below in the previous two blog posts.

I did not expect to send another email this way, but leaving Sunday’s newsletter with recent events unsaid did not feel right, and I wanted to pass on a few resources and insights to possibly help make sense of all that does not make sense.

I think some meaningful conversations this week involved those talking about feelings of inadequacy and even insecurity about how to feel, act and even understand all that is happening in our city, country, and world with the recent arrest and death of George Floyd. We are helpless with COVID-19 but we had instructions on how to “do our part” to fight the escalation of the virus.  This movement happening around us leaves many feeling helpless again, but also searching for ways to feel anything but helpless.  
Understanding who you are, who you want to be, is all part of the process of self-love.  Dahleen Glanton in the Chicago Tribune held up a mirror to many of us on Tuesday:  https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/dahleen-glanton/ct-racism-white-people-george-floyd-20200531-tmdbj52ownc7fegdargh75k4qq-story.html

Here is a great list of resources if you are looking for “something” to do, whether it is to vote, read, organize, or educate:  https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

And for those of you who want to keep reading:

Decolonizing mental health: The importance of an oppression-focused mental health systemhttps://calgaryjournal.ca/more/calgaryvoices/4982-decolonizing-mental-health-the-importance-of-an-oppression-focused-mental-health-system.html

Part 1 – Racial Reconciliation: Do White Therapists Talk to their White Clients about Race?

Part 2 – Racial Reconciliation: Inviting Curiosity to Resist Unintended Racism

Sun-Times List of Must Read titles for Adults, Teens and Kids

New York Times series:  A Conversation on Race

A mighty girl’s list of 60 bookshttps://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11056

I am a volunteer elected board member of NASW-IL and this is their list

And more:

Described as: Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:

June 2020 offered so many more quality resources. Here are some additional ones:

I hope you are taking care of yourself.  You are absorbing a lot of input.  Make sure you have places to release and recharge.


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