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Welcome to Solidarity Healing September!
“Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported…. We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.”
Welcome to Solidarity Healing September, a project of Reclaim UGLY! Having found your way to this page, you are likely already committed to participating in the movement for Black lives. That is wonderful. We are grateful for your commitment to this movement. The problem of white supremacy is so big, it is going to take all of us together to solve it. Not everyone can risk arrest, not everyone can offer funds, but everyone can heal and be healed. Everyone can support a world where others can heal as well.
Reclaim UGLY is 100% confident that your personal strengths will be the perfect addition to our growing network of anti-racist healers and organizers.
Solidarity Healing September is an open invitation to engage in personal and collective healing as Non-Black People of Color and white people in a way that actively contributes to and centers Black healing.
It is an opportunity to
- Build relationships with powerful healers in our communities;
- Invite more people to begin anti-racist healing practices;
- Discover how and where white supremacy lives in our bodies;
- Join a wide, Black-led, multiracial community of people who are learning how to dismantle white body supremacy together.
- Add your body to this community.
There is no single way that healing work needs to happen –in fact, it needs to happen many ways, to accommodate our many needs.
With Solidarity Healing September, we as white people and non-Black People of Color have a chance to directly support Black healing – by funding it and by doing our own healing work so we may collectively transform this world. This is a chance to participate in a beautiful, creative, collective act of solidarity and to put into practice what BLM’s has described as the intention to “build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting” (https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/)
Solidary Healing September asks us to develop healing events and teach-ins that focus on:
- Transformative creative practices,
- Healing from white supremacy,
- Developing anti-racist solidarity communities,
- Learning more about who we truly are, and
- Loving each other and ourselves through change
while fund-raising for Black Healing October.
In October, Reclaim UGLY is gathering Black Healers, artists, activists and educators from across the US and Canada to facilitate healing workshops and sacred spaces. All funds raised from Solidarity Healing September will go to paying for Black facilitators, Black ASL interpreters, CART services, etc during Black Healing October so that all events during Black Healing October will be 100% free for Black people.
Why is it important to participate?
From Caleb: In 2018, I was lucky to go see Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, speak. In her talk, Dr. DeGruy spoke about the enduring legacies of trauma from chattel slavery is passed down intergenerationally. Importantly, this trauma is not only that of being kidnapped, enslaved, beaten and the other violences of enslavement, but also of witnessing this happen, of participating in or otherwise benefitting from these practices. As non Black People of Color, we have undoubtedly been victims of racism, we have also undoubtedly both committed and benefited from anti-Blackness, both ancestrally and within our own lifetimes. Solidarity Healing September is one step toward making amendments, with the knowledge that this is a lifelong process. This is one way–but should not be the only way– reparations can look.
Solidarity Healing September is an open invitation to engage in personal and collective healing in a way that actively contributes to and centers Black healing. It is an opportunity to build relationships with powerful healers in our communities; an opportunity to invite more non-Black folks to begin healing practices; an opportunity to discover how and where white supremacy lives our bodies; an opportunity to join a wide, Black-led, multiracial community of people who are learning how to dismantling white body supremacy together. It is an opportunity to add your body to this community. There is no single way that healing work needs to happen–in fact, it needs to happen many ways, to accommodate our many needs.
From Encian: As a white person, I often struggle with a tension I feel between engaging in nourishing healing practice – including rest, pleasure, play, and creativity – and engaging in collective liberation work – including taking on support work for BIPOC organizations, and risking my health and safety in defense of Black lives. I also know that one function of white supremacy culture is to reduce complicated, multiple truths to simple binaries (Tema Okun, 2007). In reality, it is not an either-or situation.
Reading My Grandmother’s Hands (Menakem, 2017) has helped me understand that white people too carry generational trauma, and that it is crucial we engage in healing practices around this trauma in order to effectively intervene in white supremacist discourse, policy, and practices. But we can’t get stuck in the trap of thinking we need to heal ourselves first and only then practice these interventions in service of the movement for Black lives. Healing is a lifelong practice, and so is liberation work. They need to be simultaneous, cyclical, and they need to be collective as well as individual.
We need to learn how to connect our logical minds, felt emotions, and full-body sensory awareness so seamlessly that we’re able to feel ourselves getting triggered or activated – whether that looks like fight or flight or freeze or dissociate or appease – and quickly ground ourselves and approach the situation as our commitments and convictions lead. We also need to support each other in these practices.
We are at a tipping point where popular perception of the Black Lives Matter movement is shifting. More and more white people are joining the movement every day. We have an incredible opportunity to mobilize these people into the healing work (and play) that is inextricable from the success of this movement. Resmaa Menakem asks why social movements to dismantle racism have not yet worked, and answers: because they have failed to address the body’s trauma, including white body trauma (My Grandmother’s Hands, 2017). He offers many exercises to begin this path of healing. Through Solidarity Healing September and the networks held by Reclaim UGLY, we have the means to engage in healing this trauma collectively. Let’s play our part in spiraling out the beautiful patterns of healing justice as they emerge.
We ask you to consider—what do you need to heal in yourself or your community in order to intervene more effectively in white supremacist culture and systems? We promise you that whatever it is you need, there is another person who needs it too. By joining Solidarity Healing September, we are simultaneously planting the seeds of liberation, nourishing its growth, and eating its fruit. Please join us!
Some of the ways you can participate:
1. Host a healing/educational workshop, sacred sharing space, or performance. Donate the proceeds (the ask is $250) to Black Healing September. Click here to learn more!
Ideally these workshops and sacred spaces will support Non-Black people to move through internalized white supremacy and anti-blackness in loving, non-shaming, and spiritually generative ways. These workshops can be uniquely specific. They can involve communities you already serve and build with (like a spiritual group, a yoga or movement group, an activist or organizing group, a parenting group, a writing group, etc) or they can be new workshops that you want to facilitate (solidarity and capacity building, moving through guilt and fragility, institutional changes, witches for liberation, self-love and resilience). Maybe you’re a teacher, a cook, a historian, a sexologist – someone with a specialized education and you want to teach what you know – share intellectual and emotional resources. All are welcome and celebrated ❤️
2. Attend a workshop, event, or healing circle! Heal in community, fundraised for community. To see our schedule of events and learn more about our presenters, click HERE (coming soon).
3. Become an In-Kind Donor. Do you make art, jewelry, skin care, or other crafts. Do you offer cool services, like tarot readings, distance Reiki, and more? Donate a portion of your proceeds ($250 is the ask, but whatever you can offer) to this project.
4. Donate to Purchase Raffle Tickets to potentially win the incredible offerings people have donated.
5. Organize a small fundraiser amongst your friends and family. Create a “blessing circle” and Bless us with as much as you and your community can offer.
6. Sponsor Black Healing October through your business or organization. Invite them to be a part of something great and dynamic.
7. Promote this event far and wide!
8. Join our volunteers who are helping Reclaim Ugly in hosting Solidarity September and Black Healing October.
Thanks so much for your love, solidarity, and support. We are immensely grateful!!!!!
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