Anti-Racism Resource Guide




Community Agreement: Use it externally and internally

 

  1. This is a BRAVE space, not a SAFE space

  2. Honor this Land and its History- NYC occupies Lenape land on Turtle Island.  For those of us who are settlers of this indigenous land, we must constantly give thanks and acknowledge the stolen lives and the ongoing struggles of our indigenous family in the face of American imperialism - we ground our session from this.

  3. Speak from the ‘I’ - speak from own experience

  4. Be the risk taker/truth sharer - speak your truth, be open.  We are here to listen and learn from all of us. Make mistakes - it’s only human, and there is no shame in falling on your beautiful face. Discomfort is your new friend - expect to be challenged, yet expect no one to judge you. We are here to explore the discomfort - so we can learn the lesson for integration.

  5. No judgement - It takes all of us to create a safe space of growth and healing.  Curb your judgement - and inquire where this judgement is coming from.

  6. Be curious - about others’ points of view, and about your reaction to them. Be willing to try on new and unfamiliar ideas and ways of doing things

  7. Respect people’s identity - don’t assume, ASK

  8. Step up/Step Down - Be aware of the space you are taking up, make sure everyone feels heard, not just the outspoken few

  9. Practice mindful listening - Listen for the sake of listening, let the new idea to surprise you and open you up to the new possibilities of reality

  10. Confidentiality - Take home the experience and learning, not the identity of folks who are courageous to be vulnerable

  11. Stay engaged with your whole body - Mental & emotional reaction has physical consequence, listen to your mind, heart and body.

  12. Read the room - We all live our own realities, and they are all different, be flexible and open to other ideas while making sure you are not imposing your ideals as the ‘truth’.  Look around, and see how the room ‘feels’.

  13. Expect ‘non-closure’ - We want you to hang out in uncertainty.  It is the place of possibility, learning and unlearning.  True learning and transformation takes time - do not rush to have easily packaged conclusion.  Life is messy and it’s beautiful.

Adopted from BUFU community Agreements, modified by MINKA brooklyn practitioners


Brave Space

By Micky ScottBey Jones     

 

Together we will create brave space

Because there is no such thing as a “safe space”

We exist in the real world

We all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.

In this space

We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world,

We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere,

We call each other to more truth and love

We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow.

We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know.

We will not be perfect.

This space will not be perfect.

It will not always be what we wish it to be

But

It will be our brave space together,

and

We will work on it side by side