How are you going back to school this year? Online, homeschooling on your own, learning pods or social distancing in person? Either choice you make...welcome back! Our Restorative Circles with the King County Library System are still on hold until we can all safely meet in person. Stay tuned for online RJ training scheduled for Spring 2021...until then stay safe (and home when possible). We'll get through this together!
What a difference a month makes! The murder of George Floyd ignited a global uprising. We are demanding justice and visibility during a global pandemic while the world is watching. However, I've noticed something missing from the conversation...Afro Women! Breonna Taylor was murdered in her home on March 13th and there have been no arrests of the officers who made this fatal lack of judgment. To add insult to injury the police report just released has missing and false information and one of the LMPD officers involved has allegations of sexual assault and harassment...where is the justice?
When we talk about equity and racial justice it is important to highlight crimes against Afro-American women, Native or Indigenous women and Afro-trans women. In fact, crimes against self-identified Black Trans Women are so high there is a public safety crisis in their community. According to the Human Rights Campaign women of color made up four out of five anti-trans homicides. SAY HER NAME! We want justice for all people...but especially those of us who are systemically and consistently marginalized and treated as if our lives don't matter.
AFRO LIVES MATTER, WOMEN'S LIVES MATTER, BLACK LIVES MATTER! I invite you to sit in circle and start a conversation in your community. Use these conversations to start actions steps you can take to make sustained changes. We are stronger...together!
Congratulations to our first group of youth keepers trained in partnership with the King County Library System @Skyway Library in South Seattle. They are now officially able to co-keep and assist with Community Restorative Talking Circles. Keep an eye out for the next opportunity to participate in intergenerational talking circles or teen internships.