• Alison Rollman

In it For the Long Haul

Updated: Jun 13, 2020

Dear community,

I'm hoping you are all safe and well, as much as you can be in the heartbreak of this moment.

I've been reflecting on the below quote by Maya Angelou. What I love about her words is that she encourages us to feel anger, yes, but to not let it fester in our hearts, minds, and bodies. She encourages us to catalyze our anger into action, and notes that there are many different ways to take action.

“If you’re not angry, you’re either a stone …or you’re too sick to be angry. You should be angry! Now mind you, there’s a difference. You must not be bitter, and let me show you why: Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host; it doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger, yes. You write it, you paint it, you dance it, you march it, you vote it, you do everything about it… you talk it, never stop talking it.” Maya Angelou

I know that many of us are already plugged into ways to show up in this moment. And we know that we're in it for the long haul. Long after the intensity of this moment burns out, there will still be work to do.

As I did last week, I want to remind us that healing and care are necessary to sustain social movements and to nourish our continuing resolve for activism, collective care, and policy change.

In the spirit of healing, I will be donating the proceeds of this week's classes to BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective), an organization whose mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. They do this through healing justice based organizing, education, training, grantmaking and advocacy.

If you're unable to join me for class but you'd still like to donate, you can do so here. Or you can Venmo me @Alison-Rollman and write in "donation," and I'll add your contribution to the collective amount I'll be donating.

Plus, here are some additional resources that I'd like to share to support your healing:

Third Root Community Health Center is offering its virtual yoga and meditation classes to Black folks for free for the foreseeable future. Please email them at info@thirdroot.org to register. Third Root has a variety of other offerings, both for POC and white folks, that I'd highly recommend (I love Third Root!). Please see their website to view the rest of these beautiful virtual classes and gatherings.

The New York Insight Meditation center has an online offering for people of color, Free At Last – Identifying Our Suffering Around Race, led by DaRa Williams and Karen Williams. Find more info here.

Therapist Liz Afton is offering coaching for white folks around white guilt and anti-racism, with 2/3 of the proceeds going to BIPOC therapists.

Find out more about her offering here.

Additional places to donate:

(1) Brooklyn Movement Center

(2) The Okra Project

(3) Black Youth Project (BYP 100)

Feel free to email me with any other resources or places you'd like me to share in next week's newsletter, and as always, please use this form on my website to share any feedback with me.

With love,