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Jul
08
Self-Care in Small Moments, By Mary Westervelt

By Rebecca Honig, Ready4K director of curriculum & content


Last night I slept on a baseball. It was the next best thing to a backrub. Well, it was the closest thing to a back rub that I could come up with at midnight when I realized that nothing would make me happier than a massage.



I just placed that ball right in the curve of my back, laid down, and shimmied from side to side working out all the aches, the parts that get strained as I give piggyback rides to my kids in between conference calls.



It might sound a little sad when I describe my baseball massage to other people. It might sound a little bit like a “How did it come to this?!?” moment.
But it was actually an empowering ac...


Jun
19
BABY ACES: When we consider the traumas that qualify as ACEs, babies need their own list.

According to: Ace Connection


BABY ACES: When we consider the traumas that qualify as ACEs, babies need their own list. by Laura Haynes


Babies are obviously very different from older children developmentally, including their ability to understand and process trauma. Indeed, a baby may be completely unaware of an actual ACE— say, the incarceration of their father— which a middle schooler would be painfully aware of. Yet at the same time, the baby could be much-more-acutely impacted by the secondary effect of this same ACE: a sad, stressed, and distracted mother. Similarly, if a parent dies in a car accident when a child is in middle school: that child will experience the pain and tra...


Jun
18
there's already an alternative to calling the police

there's already an alternative to calling the police


A 31-year-old program in Eugene, Oregon, is a model in de-escalating situations that could end with law enforcement violence.



As citizens across the country fill the streets to protest police killings of Black people, the violent response from law enforcement has added urgency to a national conversation about police brutality. Pressure is mounting to reform or abolish police departments. City officials in Western urban centers like Los Angeles are reducing police budgets — L.A.’s currently totals $1.8 billion — and reinvesting in underfunded social initiatives. Minneapolis City Council members pledged in June to disband it...


Jun
18
The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

According to:https://nmaahc.si.edu/


The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth


Juneteenth celebration in 1900 at Eastwoods Park. Credit: Austin History Center.


Juneteenth day celebration in Texas, 1900.
Austin History Center.


On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, marched onto plantations and a...


Jun
17
Racism's Effect on Health, and the Heartbreak of Being a Black Parent Right Now: Nadine Burke-Harris

According to: KQED Science



Racism's Effect on Health, and the Heartbreak of Being a Black Parent Right Now: California's Surgeon General Speaks, Nadine Burke-Harris


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 the wellness of minority populations. Here are excerpts from the interview, edit...


Jun
16
HIGH ACHIEVEMENT TODAY, By Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D.

According to: HIGH ACHIEVEMENT TODAY, by Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D.



Since the COVID-19 pandemic began over 3 months ago, our “usual” lifestyles have dramatically changed. We have had to practice new habits of thinking, interacting, creativity and relating to friends and loved ones. Until we have a vaccine or develop a “herd immunity,” the nature of our lifestyles will never return to “normal.” We will adapt to a “new normal.” How can we attain the goals we have held prior to the pandemic? How can we achieve the outcomes we may have had before COVID-19 affected, and possibly changed them? To address those questions, below I have written 25 habits of...


Jun
14
Five Steps White People (Myself Included) Can Take in Response to Systemic Racism

According to: PsychCentral



Five Steps White People (Myself Included) Can Take in Response to Systemic Racism


By Beth Kurland Ph.D.



Here are some things that I am trying to do:
1. Understand that Black Lives Matter
Some people are inclined to say that “all lives matter,” and of course all lives do matter. But as John and Ocean Robbins shared in a recent post (and I paraphrase): If a house is burning down, you don’t call the fire department and say “all houses matter”; instead you focus on and send help to the specific house that is burning.
Black people have endured unspeakable individual and collective traumas of a nature that I/we (the privileged white) can never tr...


Jun
14
Roiled by Racism & Pandemic, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Says 'the Only Way We Make It Through Is

According to: People.com



Roiled by Racism & Pandemic, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Says 'the Only Way We Make It Through Is Together' by The Rev. Dr. William J Barber II


"The only way we make it through this — and we come out better — is if we find our way together, we lift up everybody," he says



The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II — an orator and activist whom Dr. Cornel West has likened to Martin Luther King Jr. — recently spoke with PEOPLE about poverty, racism, President Donald Trump's administration amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and national unrest after George Floyd's death.



Barber's conclusion? People need to rise up together and push for change.



"If we cannot...


Jun
11
ACEs Connection Stands in Solidarity with the Worldwide Protests for Racial Justice by IngridCochren

According to: ACES CONNECTION


ACEs Connection Stands in Solidarity with the Worldwide Protests for Racial Justice by Ingrid Cockhren


In response to the police brutality and racism that caused the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other African Americans and people of color, ACEs Connection supports the worldwide protests demanding racial justice. Integrating practices and policies based on the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) — being trauma-informed — requires us to be racially just.



Our organization's vision is a world where all people thrive. Our goal is to prevent ACEs, heal trauma and build resilient communities. To heal from the ...


Jun
11
Anti-Racism Resources List, by Cissy White

by Cissy White




Welcome to our Anti-Racism Resources List!
We have resources divided into these categories below.



  • Racial Trauma, Historical Trauma, & Healing

  • Police Brutality & Reform

  • Anti-Racism Work

  • Talking to Kids about Race & Racism

  • ACEs Connection: Community Resources


This list is culled from ACEs Connection, Learn4Life, Prevention Institute., Rise Magazine, VA TICN, Vital Village, and 10% Happier.


Please share other resources by leaving a comment on this post. We will update this regularly.


Sincerely,
ACEs Connection
Racial Trauma, Historical Trauma & Healing