Injustice has no place in the world. The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have ignited the pain, anger, and sadness we are seeing across the country and around the world. At KAZMALEJE, we stand with those who are using their voice to speak up and demand justice. We stand with those who are crafting petitions and enlisting phone trees to hold our elected officials accountable for doing their duty as civil servants. We stand with those who have taken trash bags to the streets to help with clean up efforts. Change is never easy, but it is time that it happens.
"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."
- Shirley Chisholm
In the midst of what is happening, there's an opportunity to learn, connect, strategize, and grow. It is also important that we take care of ourselves to ensure we are strong. Below are a few resources we've compiled to help you use your voice, understand what you may be experiencing, and how to recharge.
The Color of Change is the nation's largest online racial justice organization. You can view their active campaigns to sign petitions for George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, and more.
Dr. Candice Nicole is a counseling psychologist, healer, and black woman who was trained to use meditation and loving-kindness to reduce stress at Emory University. Listen to her Black Lives Matter Meditation using mindfulness and affirmations.
Racial Battle Fatigue is a concept introduced by Dr. William A. Smith, a professor at the University of Utah. In this video, Philippe Matthews interviews Dr. Smith about the topic.
In a recent essay on Medium, former President Barack Obama gives his thoughts on how to make this a true turning point for America.