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San Mateo County (CA)

San Mateo County ACEs Connection is a community for all who are invested in creating a trauma-informed and resilient San Mateo County. This is a space to share resources, information, successes, and challenges related to addressing trauma and building resiliency, particularly in young children and their families.

Racial Equity

Inspired by Black Lives Matter, BART will de-emphasize police for homelessness and drug use calls [sfchronicle.com]

Rachel Swan June 26, 2020 BART plans to shift police away from calls related to homelessness, drug use and mental health crises as the transit agency heeds reform calls from the Black Lives Matter movement. Over the next three months, the Board of Directors will work with General Manager Bob Powers to change the transit agency’s law enforcement model, emphasizing social services instead of officers with guns. Four progressive directors introduced the plan as an amendment to BART’s 2021...

This Is What Racial Trauma Does To The Body And Brain [huffpost.com]

Racism, injustice and brutality — experienced directly and indirectly — can have a lasting effect on a person's mental health. By Jillian Wilson 07/01/2020 05:45am EDT In mental health training and treatment, examining the impact of racism on brains and bodies is largely uncharted territory. And while, in recent years, clinicians who advocate for the study of race-based trauma have made strides in promoting this work, most mental health programs still do not offer official training around...

Resmaa Menakem ‘Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence’ [onbeing.org]

The best laws and diversity training have not gotten us anywhere near where we want to go. Therapist and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem is working with old wisdom and very new science about our bodies and nervous systems, and all we condense into the word “race.” Krista sat down with him in Minneapolis, where they both live and work, before the pandemic lockdown began. In this heartbreaking moment, after the killing of George Floyd and the history it carries, Resmaa Menakem’s practices...

Board of Supervisors Codify their Commitment to Black Lives Matter [gethealthysmc.org]

At the June 23 rd County Board of Supervisor meeting, the supervisors unanimously voted on a resolution supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and reaffirming the County’s commitment to racial equity. The most important part of the Board meeting was how many people turned out to express their deep commitment to racial justice. There were speakers on the overall agenda, the budget, the resolution, the measure to extend the eviction moratorium and the vast majority specifically spoke about...

San Mateo County voted to recognize Black Lives Matter, then OKd 310 more Tasers [LAtimes.com]

By SUSANNE RUST STAFF WRITER JUNE 27, 2020 MENLO PARK — As Bay Area communities adopt resolutions supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, one Silicon Valley county this week voted to stockpile its Sheriff’s Department with nearly $1 million in new Taser guns. On Wednesday, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved a budget that includes the purchase of 310 new Tasers. The approval of the Taser purchase is coming under fire, in part because it occurred just minutes after the...

Pro-bono Therapy for BIPOC

Sharing an offering from Islam Hassanein, a local therapist: I have been thinking about the mental health of the BIPOC community as we are seeing recent events of racism and police violence occurring, in addition to this national pandemic. I want to share this flyer with you all and ask to spread the word if you can: I am offering free short-term virtual therapy to Black, Indigenous, People of Color who are 18+ and live in California. Please share this with people you think may benefit.

Now Is the Time for Abolition [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

The child welfare system causes harm to Black children and we have known this for decades June 22, 2020 Alan Dettlaff and Kristen Weber Black children are over-surveilled , over-policed and over-removed by the child welfare system. Once involved in this system, the trauma and harm that results from foster care causes irreparable damage to Black children, and serve as a source of their ongoing and continued oppression. As a field, we have known this for decades. And now it is time to abolish...

Race, Trauma, and Social Justice: Resources from APA Publishing [apa.org]

Racism has a long and complicated history in the United States. Psychological research has shown that racism and racial discrimination—at both the interpersonal and systemic levels—are barriers to human development and psychological wellbeing. This page showcases research on racism, discrimination, and social justice to improve psychological outcomes for underrepresented communities. On This Page: Calls for Papers American Psychologist Special Issue APA Journals Article Spotlights Books...

STUDY: Climate Change Is Contributing to Negative Pregnancy Outcomes for Black Babies [colorlines.com]

Air pollution and heat exposure can lead to stillbirths and low birth rates, say researchers. AYANA BYRD JUN 24, 2020 11:45AM ET Pregnant people in the United States who are exposed to air pollution and heat exposure have significantly higher chances of having a pre-term birth, stillbirth, or a baby with low birth weight, according to a new study. Black people and those with asthma are particularly at risk. The report , “Association of Air Pollution and Heat Exposure With Preterm Birth, Low...

Racism's Effect on Health, and the Heartbreak of Being a Black Parent Right Now: California's Surgeon General Speaks [kqed.org]

By KQED Science, KQED, June 14, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic and the recent killing of George Floyd have brought longstanding racial inequities into sharp focus. One of those disparities concerns the high rate of coronavirus transmission among people of color. To talk about the intersection of race and health, KQED's Brian Watt spoke last week with California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, who is known for her pioneering work on the role that childhood stress and trauma play on...

Anxiety, Depression and Racism while Sheltering-in-Place [childrennow.org]

By Lishaun Francis June 23, 2020 The shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19 ignited widespread alarm, anxiety and depression for adults concerned about interrupting their daily routines, falling ill and maintaining their economic stability. Simultaneously, children and youth were struggling with the same fears. School closures, disconnection from friends and an abrupt stop to community resources put additional strain on an already tenuous hold on mental wellness for many young people. In...

Confronting Racism at Work: A Reading List [hbr.org]

June 15, 2020 Companies must confront racism at a systemic level — addressing everything from the structural and social mechanics of their own organizations to the role they play in the economy at large. We know that diversity programs have historically failed , but there are proven ways to improve hiring programs, interrupt bias at the team level, interrogate supposedly “color-blind” analytics, and support employees of color — especially Black employees. There’s much work to do on a...

It's Time to Move Beyond Buzzwords and Radically Re-imagine Schools [edweek.org]

"Woke" language is not a substitute for the deep work anti-racism requires By Jamilah Pitts June 16, 2020 Educators have to move beyond the buzzwords and trends circulating today if we are seeking to truly transform schools. The terms “diversity,” “equity,” and “inclusion” simply are not enough. And I fear now that the radicalism tied to anti-racist work is being watered down. Educational trendy buzzwords pave a destructive road for the commodification of otherwise transformative action.

5 ways to approach racial equity at work [pbs.org]

Courtney Vinopal , Jun 5, 2020 11:33 AM EDT The death of George Floyd and the protests that have followed sparked a national dialogue about race in America. For many, discussions about race and the reality of living in America as a black person happen daily. But many households, communities and workplaces are having these conversations for the first time. How can employers and colleagues better support employees of color? What is the most productive way to talk about race in the workplace?

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