We have been completely outraged, upset, shocked and devastated about the horrible murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tamir Rice and so many more, which has brought to light the systemic racism in our nation and throughout the world. We just watched LA92, a film about the riots that erupted in LA after the acquittal of four police officers filmed beating Rodney King. We highly recommend watching this film (and many more listed in this resource).

Although the donation-based yoga classes, additional donations, petitions, books, posts, movies and protests have helped us learn more about the work we have to do to facilitate lasting change, this is nearly not enough, and the efforts need to continue on a global scale.

Jonah and I fully understand that we come from privilege. Frankly, I have had privilege guilt for quite sometime. I know that our lifestyle is not the norm and I know that many people do not live the same way that we do. However, ’seeing’ it and recognizing our own white privilege is the first step in the process. Personally, I know we have all experienced trauma, but I cannot wrap my mind around the trauma that people of color experience everyday and the ancestral trauma that has been carried throughout the generations. We have to help. The time is now. We desperately want to assist in the change and want to see our future brighter, equal and more educated. Here we are including some resources (thank you SheBrand and Christopher Robert, and everyone speaking out right now). We will continue to update this resource page as things shift.

Please know that one person cannot do everything, but as a collective we have power in numbers. Please start with educating yourself on systemic racism and white fragility. Have the difficult conversations with your family. Start in your own home and begin to work outward. We can all make a difference.

If you have any resources you’d like to add, please send us an email at info@bzenwellness.com.

Thank you for helping us make a change!

SPOTLIGHT ON BIPOC INDIVIDUALS:

MLK, Jr.

Rosa Parks

Bayard Rustin

Maya Angelou

Audre Lorde

Angela Davis

Marsha P Johnson

Malcom X

George Floyd -2020 (the tipping point to this years of oppression leading to protests today)

Breonna Taylor -2020 (ER tech. police raided wrong residence during “no knock raid” and shot her in bed 8 times) her partner KENNETH WALKER is set to trial for “attempted murder” for his self defense of firing back at the ‘plain-clothed’ police officers.

Eric Garner – killed 2014 (lack of oxygen by police…)

Michael Brown – killed 2014 (shot inside a police cruiser)

Laquan McDonald – killed 2014 (shot 16 times by police while walking away from the office in ‘self defense’)

Tamir Rice – killed 2014 (12 y/o playing with toy gun shot by officer in Cleveland)

Walter Scott -killed 2015 (pulled over for broken tail light, officer used excessive force)

Freddie Gray -killed 2015 (arrested, placed in transport van w/o seatbelt, body found with severed spinal cord and unable to breathe 45 minutes later)

Philando Castile -killed 2016 (reached for wallet, shot 7 times)

Kendrick Johnson – killed 2013 (body discovered in school gym mat, organs missing, died of blunt force trauma, preliminary autopsy showed he died of suicide…)

Rodney King – assaulted by Police in 1991 (turned into activist, 3 of 4 officers were acquitted and thus started the LA riots in 1992. 6 days of riots which involved the CA national guard)

George Stinney -executed 1944 (wrongfully accused of murdering two young white girls in S. Carolina, sentenced to death by electric chair. 70 years later case revealed he had not committed it.

James Byrd, Jr. – killed 1998 (murdered by 3 white supremecists blatantly, tied to a truck and drug over asphalt for 3 miles, arm and head severed only halfway through drive…) (lead to Us Congress and Pres. Obama to sign the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009)

Trayvon Martin -killed 2012 (shot by George Zimmerman under ‘self defense’ at night).

David Dorn -killed 2020 (retired black police officer trying to reason and deescalate ‘looters’ at a pawn shop in st. Louis Missouri, killer unknown)

Sandra Bland -killed 2015 (found hung in jail cell after traffic violation.)

WEBSITES THAT ARE HELPFUL:

Past Black Killings

Wording and Inclusion Etiquette

Mental Health Awareness for POC

Where Black People are Disproportionately Killed

Petition Site

Locally Owned Black Businesses (Lane County)

NAACP – National

The Color of Change

BLM

US Congressional Black Caucus

The BIPOC project

For Whites Who Want To Be Allies

Email Your State Representatives

Know the Difference Between Actor, Ally, and Accomplice

White Allyship 101 (loads of resources here)

Hidden History in OREGON

Being Black in Bend (TED Talk)

25 New and Established Black-owned Home Decor Brands.

WHERE TO DONATE:

How to Support BLM Protestors in Every City

Advancement Project

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Audre Lorde Project

Black Lives Matter

Black Visions Collective

Black Voters Matter

Campaign Zero

Color of Change

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

National Bail Fund Network

National Urban League

Race Forward

Reclaim the Block

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Loveland Foundation

BOOKS:

The New Jim Crow , Michelle Alexander

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide , Carol Anderson

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou (Memoir)

How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram Kendi

Citizen, Claudia Rankine

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Audre Lorde

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race, Reni Eddo-lodge

White Fragility, Robin Diangelo

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

The Hate You Give, Angie Thomas

Dear Martin, Nic Stone

A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, Brittney Cooper

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown

Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad

So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo

Women, Race & Class, Angela Y. Davis

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Phd

MOVIES/SHOWS:

LA92

13th (Netflix) -Very Insightful!

The Death and Life of Marsha P Johsnon

Explained: the Racial Wealth Gap

Just Mercy (free for a limited time by Warner Bros, viewable most places like Youtube)

12 Years A Slave

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Selma

If Beale Street Could Talk (bawl my eyes out)

The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975

I Am Not Your Negro

Teach Us All

VOTE:

Register to Vote

Request an absentee ballot

Vote Save America

MOTTOS/PHRASES/SLOGANS:

White Silence is Compliance

Silence is Violence

No Justice, No Peace

Color is Not a Crime

“I Can’t Breathe”

SLOGANS AND PHRASES THAT DETER BLM:

All Lives Matter

Blue Lives Matter

White Lives Matter

“I Don’t See Color”/“Colorblind”

WHO TO FOLLOW:

Alicia Garza

Andrea Ranae

Austin Channing Brown

Bernice A. King

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Desiree Adaway

Ericka Hines

Layla F. Saad

Opal Tometi

Patrisse Cullors-Brignac

Rachel Elizabeth Cargle

Rachel Rodgers

CRISIS RESOURCES IN EUGENE, OR:

Options After-Hours Crisis Line 541-607-4952

CAHOOTS Eugene 541-682-5111

CAHOOTS Springfield 541-726-3714

White Bird 541-687-4000

Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255

Oregon Warm Line 800-698-2392

SASS 541-343-7277; 800-698-2392

Womenspace 541-485-6513; 800-281-2800

Sex Assault Hotline 800-656-4673

Crisis Text Line text “start” to 741-741

Hourglass 541-505-8426

WellMama Support Line 800-896-0410

Station 7 Respite (11-17 years old) 541-689-3111

Child and Teen Crisis Response 24/7 (for parents and providers) 888-989-0410

Trevor Lifeline (LGBT+ youth) 866-488-7386

TransLife Line 877-565-8860 or www. translifeline.org

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