Socio-cultural Trauma / Structural Oppression

Hey people with privilege, you need to be OK with making mistakes and being called out [nonprofitaf.com]

Last week, I wrote a blog post called “ Hey progressives, can we stop using the tools of social justice to tear one another down? ” The post resonated with many people, and I received lots of positive feedback from colleagues who felt seen and heard. However, there were also some disconcerting reactions as well. A few people from the opposite end of the political spectrum were gleeful—“Ha ha, the libs are attacking one another! Get the popcorn!”—which is to be expected. More alarming were a...

The Racial Wealth Gap: What California Can Do About a Long-Standing Obstacle to Shared Prosperity [calbudgetcenter.org]

In the years since the 2007 Great Recession, economic commentary has veered between hailing the subsequent recovery and sounding the alarm about rising inequality. Income inequality is often identified as a sign of both the country’s underlying economic troubles and public policies that disproportionately benefit the wealthy. An alternative indicator of the nation’s social and economic health pertains to wealth, specifically the growing wealth gap among people of different races and...

White Women: We Need To Talk About Race [forbes.com]

“White women like me” is a phrase you hear often when you talk with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. Rowe-Finkbeiner is the cofounder, executive director and CEO of MomsRising.org – a grassroots organizing nonprofit that takes on “the most critical issues facing women, mothers, and families by educating the public and mobilizing massive grassroots actions.” Both her activism at MomsRising.org and her latest book, Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Change Our World, focus on the idea that we can...

Key Lessons on Structural Racism & Health Equity: Highlights from the HealthBegins Webinar [healthbegins.org]

Our recent webinar on structural racism and health equity set a record. While HealthBegins’ monthly webinars typically attract several hundred registrants, this one drew nearly 800. Not only did hundreds of health professionals come to this discussion, but they vigorously engaged , with questions on how to acknowledge the health effects of racial injustice in the exam room, how to make an impact in the community, and how to convince others to care. This show of passion tells us that health...

State Violence Is at the Root of Health Inequities [truthout.org]

The root causes of health disparities lie in policies and practices that distribute power and resources such as housing, education, employment and health services inequitably. For example, law enforcement agencies—including police and Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officers—disproportionately target, surveil and perpetrate state violence against communities of color . Ample research shows that the unjust government practices associated with the enforcement of immigration policies ,...

Trauma Informed Principles through a Culturally Specific Lens (pdf)

This document attempts to define the core principles of trauma informed work through a culturally specific analysis. The content of this resource is primarily intended for culturally specific, communitybased organizations and seeks to provide practitioners with accessible language to describe the trauma informed/culturally specific overlap of their work. In our experience at Casa de Esperanza, as a national technical assistance provider, we come in contact with many culturally specific...

What Is White Privilege, Really? [tolerance.org]

Today, white privilege is often described through the lens of Peggy McIntosh’s groundbreaking essay “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Originally published in 1988, the essay helps readers recognize white privilege by making its effects personal and tangible. For many, white privilege was an invisible force that white people needed to recognize. It was being able to walk into a store and find that the main displays of shampoo and panty hose were catered toward your hair...

Social Adversity and Crime Victimization Increase Risk of Psychotic Experiences Five Fold [madinamerica.com]

Research has often cited urbanicity, or dwelling in an urban setting, as a risk factor for developing the symptoms associated with psychosis. A new study, published in Schizophrenia Bulletin, examines the impact of urbanicity, adverse neighborhood conditions, and violent crime victimization on developing psychotic experiences in adolescence. The authors, led by Joanne Newbury of King’s College London, determined that adolescents raised in urban vs. rural areas were significantly more likely...

'Trauma Training Plus' for Schools and Districts

Good Day Educators, I am hopeful your reading this and still enjoying a summer break! Do you have or know of a site struggling with behavior? Staff overwhelm? Have you thought of training in Trauma? Or have had training in Trauma and just do not know what to do next? If yes, please read... Here is the long version of what I offer that most likely is different and Thank you so much for being here, a part of ACES Connection and giving me a platform to share. Here is my website:...

Institutional racism can cause lifelong trauma. How experts hope to help kids in need [sacbee.com]

With plans to turn conversation into meaningful action, over 100 officials from the Sacramento region convened last week in Del Paso Heights to begin talks about the impact of trauma in the community. Local experts discussed the effective, meaningful work that can be done to process trauma of various forms. The event, which was organized by the national health care insurance provider Health Net, took place Friday at the Greater Sacramento Urban League. It featured a panel of local experts...

Video: Sierra Health Foundation Speaker Series - Race, Racism and Otherness: A Conversation with john a. powell

To view this video, click here . On May 22, 2018, john a. powell, Director of UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Author of Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society, joined in conversation on Race, Racism and Otherness with a panel of diverse voices on the subjects of advocacy and social justice in the face of historical and modern displacement and marginalization — and opportunities for change. john a.

Video: RYSE Presents...Revealing White Privilege and Healing Racial Trauma with Dr. Ken Hardy

To view this video, click here . FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RYSE CENTER LEARNING SERIES: Trauma and Healing Learning Series, Session 5: Revealing White Privilege and Healing Racial Trauma WHAT: Against a backdrop of the national Black Lives Matter movement and the rich local history of intersecting movements for social justice, young people of color face continued threats and exposure to harm including displacement, unwelcoming schools, over-policing, and dominant media narratives fueling...

Unrest in Chicago After Shooting Of Black Man on the City's Southside [wnycstudios.org]

A Chicago police officer shot and killed a 37-year-old barber over the weekend, triggering night after night of protests in the streets. Within 24-hours of the shooting of Harith Augustus, police had released a 40-second clip of the shooting, in an effort to dispel rumors about what had happened. The video shows police confront Augustus and attempt to grab him. In the scuffle that ensues, his shirt lifts to reveal a firearm. As he backs away from officers he appears to reach for his belt,...

Racial Resentment and White Cultural Anxiety Fuel Support of President Trump, Studies Find [kqed.org]

We’re all familiar with the argument that economic anxiety drove members of the white working class to vote for President Trump. But studies since the election have concluded that white Trump supporters are less motivated by economic pressures than by racial resentment and cultural anxiety brought about by social and demographic changes. We'll look at the role racial animus plays both at the polls and in shaping white voters' identities and attitudes toward immigration and other social...

Police Killings Vicariously Impact Mental Health of Black Americans [madinamerica.com]

A new study, published in The Lancet, examines the spillover effects of police killings of unarmed Black Americans. The study was co-led by Jacob Bor, assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health, and Atheendar Venkataramani, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Results of the quasi-experimental study, which analyzed data from over 100,000 Black Americans, suggest a causal link between police killings of unarmed Black Americans and poorer mental health...

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