“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” Audre Lord

This can be a starting place for resources on educating ourselves about social justice issues. There are many resources available and many issues that we are being called on to understand and care about. We are being called to live with awareness, and to repair the disconnection caused by personal and collective trauma. We are being challenged to expand our awareness, and to understand and respect other’s humanity and the right of everyone to live in freedom.

“I have come to believe that behind the entire epidemic of chronic afflictions, mental and physical, that beset our current moment, something is amiss in our culture itself, generating both the rash of ailments we are suffering and crucially, the ideological blind spots that keep us ignorant of the connections that bind our health to our social-emotional lives. Chronic illness is not a glitch, it is a consequence of how we live.”
Gabor Maté, MD

Gabor’s latest book is wide ranging and covers many of the systems of conditioning that together create the toxic culture we live in.

Patriarchy

This is really the water we all swim in. It hurts everyone.

Some people feel they have the right to control other people’s bodies. Some people feel they have the right to objectify and use the bodies of other people.

Any time we challenge and break out of gender roles and conditioning, we challenge the rigid narrow ideas of control that give some people the right to control and use others.

There is so much written on this that I don’t have specific recommendations on resources.

Racism

Life is hard for everyone. If you are white, racism is not one of the things that makes it harder for you.

Go to Instagram and search #antiracist

Engage and learn in community: Michelle C Johnson

Quaking in America and My Grandmothers Hands, somatic healing and abolition, Resmaa Menakem books and courses

Robin d’Angelo website and Cheat Sheet

There are many available resources on anti-racism.

Intersectionality

Our systems of oppression are intersectional. Knowing our social location is helpful.

It is necessary to build resilience and strength in your nervous system.

This is hard and we will make mistakes. As we engage, we are more and more able to stay out of shame and powerlessness, and engage with others to change the world.

Watch some of my interviews on the Radical Recovery Summit, recovery and healing trauma through a social justice lens.