Pledge of Solidarity
Statements We Stand By
To do trauma informed care requires us to engage in anti-racist work.
Racism is a public health crisis.
Racist practices and policies traumatize and then retraumatize and then the impact is used as a vulnerability to exploit.
We cannot realize, recognize, respond, or resist retraumatization if we don’t repair by acknowledging and grieving the harms of the past and present.
We need to realize the intersection of the pandemic and the war on race—the burden it is to carry and how it’s creating a hyper vigilant and always on alert new normal level of functioning.
We need to understand the importance and history of protest and rioting. That for some, mainly whites, this “freedom” is exercised as a right. For blacks, it’s a breaking point and indicates being fed up.
Our work has to be anti-racist, anti-oppressive, culturally sustaining, healing, and trauma informed.
In trauma informed systems and organizations all voices are valued, power is shared, practice based evidence is elevated, and healing and belonging are centered.
Trauma informed care directs us to ask What has happened to you? versus What is wrong with you? We need to also add What have we (systems and organizations) done to you?.
But, be alert to people wanting to do trauma informed care work instead of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work because they don’t want to talk about racism. Or people wanting to focus on resilience instead of trauma because that feels better. We need all of this wisdom and work and when we center DEI, all will flourish.
Let’s start a record so we don’t forget what has been possible as a result of COVID-19, what we have learned about disparity, and what we say we will do to fight racism. It is typical (a strong pull even) to return to the familiar—even if it was not helpful or even harmful. We can’t let that happen.
Below is a list of resources (that we will continue to add to). We hope they are useful to you as you continue the work of trauma informed care.
People to Follow on Twitter and Instagram
- Dr. AMC @DralishaMD
- Dr. Thema – @drthema
- Samuel Sinyangwe – https://twitter.com/samswey
- Dr. Joy – @hellodrjoy
- R.A.C.E Lab – @Turner_RACE_Lab
- Coalition of Communities of Color – @colorcoalition
- APHA Black Caucus of Healthworkers – @aphabchw
- The Conscious Kid – @consciouskidlib
- Layla F. Saad @laylafsaad
- Ibram X. Kendi – @ibramxk
Things to Watch
- Black Feminist Perspectives on COVID-19 – Black Women Radicals
- Black Parents Speak Out on Parenting During COVID-19 – MultCoPresents
- Coping with Racial Trauma with @dr.thema – @drearlturner
- Mayor Ted Wheeler press conference – KOIN 6
- ‘Pain for decades’; Black leaders on Portland’s riots, rallies and vigils – Maggie Vespa
- Vanport Mosaic 2020 Virtual Festival
- The path to ending systemic racism in the US – Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King, Anthony D. Romero
Things to Listen to
- The Trauma of Being Black in America – Kathryn Fink
- To Be In A Rage, Almost All The Time – Nikole Hannah-Jones and Paul Butler
- Seeing White
- Good Ancestor Podcast-Layla F. Saad
Things to Read
- Breaking the Chain: Healing Racial Trauma in the Body, An Interview with Resmaa Menakem – Kristin Moe
- Maintaining Professionalism In The Age of Black Death Is…A Lot – Shenequa Golding
- Police Use of Force Project: How police use of force policies can help to end police violence
- Where is the outrage for Breonna Taylor? – Renee Nishawn Scott
- Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma – Teaching Tolerance
- National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal – Smithsonian
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice – Corinne Shutack
- Resources for Black Healing
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners (outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values)
- ANTIRACIST ALLYSHIP STARTER PACK
- Anti-Racism for Beginners
- Anti-racism resources for white people
- Vanport Mosaic (memory-activism platform)
- Race Talks: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism (Portland conversation series)
- Recursos antirracistas en español