Here at MINKA Brooklyn, we believe our individual healing is deeply intertwined with societal healing. As we heal our individual wounds and trauma, we gain insights and power to engage in social change. The same can be said about the reverse; it is healing for our individual soul to engage deeply to change the way our society expresses itself, for the better - for all beings.
Racism is at the intersection of all social injustice - and it is why MINKA Brooklyn stands as an anti-racist healing collective. When we care deeply about healing and well-being of all beings, it is a no brainer to stand and work with people who have been oppressed, silenced and erased. We are all ONE; therefore suffering of one is suffering for ALL.
'Racism is the single most critical barrier to building effective coalitions for social change. Racism has been consciously and systematically erected, and it can be undone only if people understand what it is, where it comes from, how it functions, and why it is perpetuated.'
- People's Institute for Survival and Beyond
Please join us in re-education and re-creation of the society that supports the healing and growth of all.
If you are wondering “How Can I Help?” Anti-racism as Practice for White People & non-Black/Brown People
OR Bring Anti-racism through healing lens workshops to your organization? Contact us HERE.
Stay tuned for more...
Anti-Racism Resource Guide
7-Day Bias Cleanse
Free Mindfulness Meditation audio
Simple Breath exercise for Stress Reduction
Facebook Private Group to stay in touch
Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice (PDF)
White Allies Group in NYC
How to use White Privilege for Good
People's Institute for Survival and Beyond
The Neuroscience of Why People Won’t Budge on Their Beliefs
Liz Plank – The Divided State of Women: Implicit Bias/ How do we end racism if we can’t talk about it?
A Better Way to Argue About Politics
The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling
Idea Framing, Metaphors, and Your Brain - George Lakoff
Jonathan Haidt – The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives
Why Facts Don’t Convince People
The Science of Persuasion
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority' by Ellen D. Wu
This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror by Moustafa Bayoumi
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race' by Debby Irving
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy' by Andrea Flynn, Susuan R. Holmberg, Dorian T. Warren, and Felicia J. Wong
An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz'
Peoples' History of the United States by Howard Zin
Community Agreement: Use it externally and internally
This is a BRAVE space, not a SAFE space
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.
Speak from the ‘I’ - speak from own experience
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.
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.
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.
Respect people’s identity - don’t assume, ASK
Step up/Step Down - Be aware of the space you are taking up, make sure everyone feels heard, not just the outspoken few.
Practice mindful listening - Listen for the sake of listening, allow the new idea to surprise you and open you up to new possibilities of reality.
Confidentiality - Take home the experience and learning, not the identity of folks who are courageous to be vulnerable.
Stay engaged with your whole body - Mental & emotional reaction has physical consequence, listen to your mind, heart and body.
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’.
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 an easily packaged conclusion. Life is messy and it’s beautiful.
Adopted from BUFU community Agreements, modified by MINKA brooklyn practitioners
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
It will be our brave space together,
We will work on it side by side