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How Black Women Can Stand for Racial Justice and Take Care of Themselves.

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2021

Join our workshop on How to Avoid Racial Justice Burnout... click here to learn more.

Ms. Joyce Washington comes to this work through growing up in a small rural community in northwestern Tennessee, where she witnessed subtle and insidious forms of racism, seldom in-your-face and mostly right under the skin. She moved away for more than three decades, living in Germany, St. Louis, and Northern California. She eventually returned to her hometown years later, hoping that things would have...

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Racial Justice From The Heart Celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Month

Uncategorized May 20, 2021

Meet Facilitator and Mentor Kristen Mun

Kristen's Story:

My name is Kristen Mun and I am Filipina, Chinese, born and raised on the island of Oahu.  I moved to the mainland in 2005 to go to school in Oregon.  When I first started undergrad, I knew I was different. I knew I would have to explain to classmates that I did not live in a grass shack, or that yes; Hawaii has paved roads.  But I wasn't ready for the implicit cues that told me I had to leave my race and my culture...

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On Implicit Racial Bias: An New Epic Blog

unity Jan 14, 2021

You can check your implicit racial bias if you are willing to do the work.

A lot of folks have written or are talking about implicit bias.  I recommend Jerry Kang’s excellent Ted Talk "Immaculate Perception" and this NPR story on the Yale study of Racial Bias Amongst Pre-School Teachers.  

The data on implicit bias in health, criminal justice, education, employment is so consistent that it can be daunting.  There’s very little readily available information on how...

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unity Jan 11, 2021

Recent events have gotten most of us riled up. Many of us feel unsafe, anxious, and upset.

And, it's not going to stop. There's millions of people and multiple interests invested in ongoing instability.

The most important things we can do now is to:

  • Limit your social media and news scrolling and reacting.
  • Process your feelings.
  • Take positive action.
  • Exercise Unity Consciousness.
  • Rinse and repeat.

In our last episode of Get your Chocolate On, Makeda and I show you how to process your...

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Praying for Change Makers

If you'd like to try praying, I have two recommendations:

First, I use a forgiveness prayer when I feel hooked or tied up by blame and shame.  I've used it especially when I am ping ponging between blaming the other party and blaming myself.  I've used it at home and in the world.  I recommend you watch how Dr. Hew Len teaches the practice Ho'oponopono. 

You can also download my recitation of this prayer here.  It is short and sweet and good to say on a...

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Ahmaud Arbery and What to Do

Uncategorized May 22, 2020

I've been feeling grief, anger and fear since hearing about Ahmaud Arbery. It was so emotionally overwhelming I didn't want to share with you. As you know, I have a son who is Black. I have nephews. I have a brother. It was all too close.

Now that I've had a moment to breathe, I'm writing to ask you to join me to create more justice and peace and love right now.

One, sign our partner petition with JustGeorgia, a coalition of progressive and social justice organizations including the...

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Get Your Chocolate Prayer

Uncategorized May 18, 2020
Last week I shared with you about gratitude and how I've been cultivating it even though things are hard right now.

Many of you replied to me with condolences and reached out for the quick gratitude check-in calls. Congrats to Leslie, Bugz, Heidi, and Joy. You were randomly/divinely selected.

This morning I had my first call with Leslie. To begin our conversation, we started to breathe together and a new gratitude meditation just flowed through me. Fortunately, I was recording the session,...

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Black Women and White Women--Powerful Partnerships

You know the key ingredient to doing good racial justice work and cultivating powerful partnerships across the color line?


Can you distinguish what is your responsibility, what is someone else's and when to let go and trust the process?

Find out more about this on The OPT-IN, a podcast hosted by a Black and White woman Team, Aurora and Kelly.

I had a great time sitting down with Aurora + Kelly of The Opt-In podcast to talk about Racial Justice...

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Gratitude When It's Rough

Uncategorized May 12, 2020

What's rough for you right now?

I've been going through a tough time at home.

One of my beloved mentors died a couple days ago.

And, I'm not sleeping well. Again.

I have felt angry, judged, dismissed and abandoned. I've also felt guilty,
ashamed, not worthy of love, and defensive.

Maybe you can relate.

I call this suffering--for short!

The furthest thing from my mind at times like this is gratitude.

But wouldn't you know it?

This is the message I've been getting from Jojopah Nsoroma, a Black...

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Stop the Hurt--Covid-19 and Racial Bias

covid covid19 virus May 03, 2020

It hurts to write this post.

I've been reading Ibram Kendi's articles on how Covid-19 is exacerbating racism and anti-Asian and Anti-Black stereotypes and killing people of color at higher rates. (See links below.)

Here are some of the "low" lights.

  • In Michigan where African Americans are 14% of the population they are 40% of the deaths due to Covid-19.
  • In Milwaukee African Americans are 26% of the county's population but 81% of the deaths.
  • New York City's highest concentrations of Covid...
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