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15 Things You Need to Hear and Do Right Now

We are in the midst of unprecedented times. On one side, we are still trying to fight off coronavirus, in constant fear of a new surge come fall. On the other, we are still trying to fight off racism, risking our lives to stand up for what is right and just.

Although we are doing our best to help and protect others, at the end of the day, we are left depleted, exhausted, and having little to give ourselves. But the fight continues. Right now, there are important things that you need to hear, read, and repeat to others, so that we can get through everything safely, smartly, and having created change.

Black Lives Matter

This is the most important thing you need to know right now. Black Lives Matter. We are standing up to make sure this is reflected in the police force, government, and in society as a whole. Everyone must do their part to make sure this message is relayed loud and clear.

Your Actions Towards Justice Are Making a Difference

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To encourage additional support, we are holding a raffle of some rare 8123 items. If you have already made a financial contribution to a non-profit supporting this cause or plan on making a contribution directly to a non-profit you can enter the raffle by submitting a screenshot of the donation at 81-23.com/impactraffle. In addition, on June 3rd & 4th, 100% of profits from every single item in the 8123 online store will be donated to a non-profit or fund supporting the Black community. If you purchase an item in the 8123 store you will automatically be entered into the raffle. If you cannot afford a financial donation in these times, please take action in another way. Visit 81-23.com/impact for more resources. In addition to engaging this initiative to elicit your support, we have and will continue to financially donate as individuals and as a company.  We also commit to using our platform to continue to highlight the voices of the Black community within the 8123 Family. #blacklivesmatter

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You don’t have to march in the streets if you don’t want to. But you have to do something. Share important posts, talk about what’s happening with those you know, donate to organizations supporting the cause and creating the change we are all seeking. Educate yourself, and others. Vote. Use your voice, however you see fit–but use it.

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Repost from @losangelesbucketlist • We stand in solidarity with the fight against systemic racism, white supremacy, and the historic oppression of the Black community. Black Lives Matter. Bucket Listers is committed to being an ally to the Black community leading the change we need. Our nation and our communities are hurting. Right now is the time to make our voices heard, open ourselves up to having uncomfortable but continuous conversations, and to educate ourselves. In order to ensure this is a movement, not just a moment, we have gathered a list of ways you can act right now (link in bio). We must fight for racial justice and equality together. If you know of any additional resources or organizations that are helping the cause, please share them below. #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

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Please Make Sure to Take Care of Yourself

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We are going through two major crises right now, and we are in threat of physical, mental, and emotional harm. Self-care is important always, but more so now. Please take the time to stop, disconnect when needed, and replenish by taking the time to relax and unwind. This can mean having a cup of chamomile tea, soaking in a bath with epsom salt, talking to a friend on the phone, or taking a yoga class on YouTube. When you help yourself, you are then able to help others.

 

 

Acknowledge and Honor Your Feelings

We may be cycling through many of them right now, but it is important to acknowledge your feelings. The good and the bad. We are not going to feel super positive all the time, and that’s fine, just like knowing that feeling sad is something that doesn’t have to last forever. Many, if not all of us are, in fact, angry right now, and anger is an emotion we have to acknowledge, although it may seem scary to do so. Everything from talking to a friend, to helpful apps, to confiding to an educated professional can give you extra tools to assist in feeling your best every day. But, your feelings are valid.

Know When to Take a Break from the News and Social Media

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Daily reminder to take the time you need to decompress and regroup. With so much going on, I’ve found myself overwhelmed at times by all of the information coming out constantly. While we continue put in the work for justice, we have to remember that if we are not okay then we cannot possibly be okay for others. So, do something special for yourself today! Whether that means taking a step away from social media, reading a book, working out, taking a nap, or meditating in the silence. Whatever that looks like for YOU. Do what you need to do to unplug and protect your mental and emotional health ✨ #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #selfcare #selflove #unplug #socialwork #advocacy #mentalhealthadvocacy #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforbreonnataylor #justiceforahmaudarbery

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There is a constant pull between wanting to be informed with all the up-to-the-minute news, and getting so overwhelmed you want to turn off your TV and phone permanently. Don’t feel guilty about having to take a momentary break from the news and social media. It’s needed! In fact, too much information at once and you’ll won’t even be able to take it all in. Knowing when to hit pause is a crucial part of self-care.

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Trust me when I say that I’m trying to take my own advice. The past week and few days have been horrific and shitty and I have a barrel of emotions running through me now. I’m angry, sad, scared, empathetic to name a few. I know everyone has an opinion on what’s happening but I can only speak for myself as a Black woman. Racial injustices and micro aggressions are traumatic. What is happening right now is a build up of the constant inequalities Black people in particular face. We are constantly traumatized, sometimes we ourselves don’t even realize. Trauma causes stress and anxiety that eat away at the body. As a health professional I can preach about taking care of the body non stop but I’m not ignorant to how hard that will be for the next week or so. And for many of us this is a constant feeling. All I can do is offer advice (which I’m trying to also follow) and say that you’re not alone. The solidarity that I’m seeing across social media is uplifting. But the conversation cannot stop after today and after June 7th. Take some time for yourself, remember to drink water, remember to eat (it can DEFINITELY be cookies 🍪), and remember to take breaks. . . . . . . . . . . . . #selfcare #selfcaretips #mentalhealth #stressrelease #takecareofyourself #takecareofyou #takecareofyourbody #blackhealth #blackhealthmatters #healthyeah #blackwomen #rdsofcolor #rdn #rds #dietitianapproved #registereddietitian

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Educate Yourself

 

Just because we think we know it all doesn’t mean that we do. And, you have to think about the filter through which you learn and understand things. This is the time to take in as much information about racism, antii-racism, social justice, laws pertaining to law enforcement and systemic racism. and more. And we have to make sure we are hearing what black voices are trying to tell us. Because they’ve been trying to tell us these things for way too long–it’s time for everyone to listen, together.

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All Latinx have a responsibility to the Black Lives Matter movement. Punto final. Supporting the struggle of Black people is NOT abandoning Latinos. LOTS OF LATINX ARE BLACK! ACCORDING TO THE TRANS-ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE DATABASE, 12.5 MILLION AFRICANS WERE SHIPPED TO THE NEW WORLD. 10.7 MILLION SURVIVED THE DREADED MIDDLE PASSAGE. AND HOW MANY OF THESE 10.7 MILLION AFRICANS WERE SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO NORTH AMERICA? ONLY ABOUT 388,000. THAT’S RIGHT: THE MAJORITY WOUND UP IN THE CARIBBEAN AND LATIN AMERICA. There is a long history of Black and Brown brothers and sisters supporting each other. Dating all the way back to the collaboration between Olmec and Egyptian civilizations to Dolores Huerta and Coretta Scott King marching together. LinkInBio for full post. Stop playing yourself. #supportblacklivesmatter #brownandblackunity #latinxisnotarace

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What we can do to support #BlackLivesMatter is recognizing our privileges and educating ourselves. Check out these Latinas who get real about anti-blackness and how we can move forward in solidarity with our Black community. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more additional resources, You can check out @itskatlazo recent IGTV "Unpacking: Non-Black Latinx In Solidarity For Black Lives" in conversation with @ambrosiolupe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And you can also join Betsy Aimee (@betsyaimeec) and Leslie Antonoff (@hautemommie) talking about racism and COVID19 in candid conversation TOMORROW at 12PM PST/3PM EST on IG LIVE.

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Talk About It

This is the time to talk about race and racism with everyone. The time to shut down racist “jokes,” ignorance, and beliefs. The time to be honest with yourself and others and help guide loved ones to a better place of understanding, acceptance, and a desire for justice. While you can’t change others, you can start a dialogue that will get everyone thinking, make them fully aware of what’s happening now, and offer ways in how they can help change it.

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@academicmami created this guide we can use to have conversations with our families Repost: “I quickly put this together today after seeing the need in my community. Many people are asking how to talk to their families in Spanish and in my opinion this conversation has to go beyond using certain concepts or terms. We need to explain and provide context that they may not have. What you see here are brief and basic explanations we can use to start talking about what is happening. I will continue to work on a more comprehensive guide with the collaboration of other community members, but for now this is what I was able to come up with. And of course, I need to add this disclaimer: there are different ways to say and explain things. This is MY way, with the words I use with MY family and my students, and that are obviously based on my beliefs. My intent is not to provide definite definitions but a starting point for these conversations in Spanish. Personally, I use the term Black in Spanish because there are Black people that do not identify with the term “Afro-American” (for example, Afro-Latinxs). I’ve added both here but I think it is important for our familias to know that there are Afro-Latinxs, so you may add that term as well. Also keep in mind that as non-Black Latinxs, we have to unlearn our own history of racism and oppression. This will take time, the first step is to have these conversations. I hope this is useful.”

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Eat Healthy, Exercise, and Drink Plenty of Water

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Trust me when I say that I’m trying to take my own advice. The past week and few days have been horrific and shitty and I have a barrel of emotions running through me now. I’m angry, sad, scared, empathetic to name a few. I know everyone has an opinion on what’s happening but I can only speak for myself as a Black woman. Racial injustices and micro aggressions are traumatic. What is happening right now is a build up of the constant inequalities Black people in particular face. We are constantly traumatized, sometimes we ourselves don’t even realize. Trauma causes stress and anxiety that eat away at the body. As a health professional I can preach about taking care of the body non stop but I’m not ignorant to how hard that will be for the next week or so. And for many of us this is a constant feeling. All I can do is offer advice (which I’m trying to also follow) and say that you’re not alone. The solidarity that I’m seeing across social media is uplifting. But the conversation cannot stop after today and after June 7th. Take some time for yourself, remember to drink water, remember to eat (it can DEFINITELY be cookies 🍪), and remember to take breaks. . . . . . . . . . . . . #selfcare #selfcaretips #mentalhealth #stressrelease #takecareofyourself #takecareofyou #takecareofyourbody #blackhealth #blackhealthmatters #healthyeah #blackwomen #rdsofcolor #rdn #rds #dietitianapproved #registereddietitian

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When a lot of us are feeling down,  bored, and/or stressed, we instantly reach for the rich, indulgent, and often unhealthy comfort food. While it seems to offer a momentary feeling of euphoria, we are usually left feeling gross and guilty for having a bit too much culinary fun (note: it’s perfectly great to treat yourself, though. Enjoy your cheat day, m’ijas!). Eating healthy truly helps your mood, by healing your system from the inside out. The same goes for drinking enough water (usually half your body weight in ounces) and exercising. Don’t ignore these fundamental things, as doing so will definitely have you feeling depleted.

Turn to Your Faith

Whatever your beliefs, prayer, meditation, and/or connecting to your spirituality helps and heals. Faith gives us the power to know that better days are just on the other side of this pandemic, and the belief that the justice we are fighting for is possible. It also gives us the opportunity to stop believing we are in control of everything, and give that power up to who it truly belongs to.

Check Your Own Privilege

If you are a white Latinx, then you have a privilege Afro-Latinxs don’t. You can’t pretend your struggle is the same as theirs. When you are honest with yourself, and inform yourself of how white privilege works, you will see how unfair Black Americans (and those of African descent everywhere) have had it. And then you can help dismantle the whole thing. This privilege, and colorism exist within the Latinx community, and we have to make sure it ceases to.

Support Black-Owned Businesses

Put your money where your mouth is, and where your values are. The best way to support a group in America is with the dollar. Support Black businesses, especially those dedicated to create justice and change. On the flip side, stop giving your money to companies and groups that aren’t supporting, and worse yet, attacking Black communities. Do your research on what you’re spending on.

Fund Racial Justice

There are several groups who are putting in the work to educate the masses on racism, pursue justice, and make change happen. They need our help to spread the message, but they also need funding. Donate to the organizations who are, in fact, making the world a better place.

 

Find Healing in Each Other

While we often isolate in times of stress and sadness, it is beneficial to instead reach out. We are all going through similar emotions and feelings, and sharing them, and recognizing that we are not alone in experiencing them, is incredibly healing. We are a community, and that includes coming together to find solace, inspiration, and empowerment.

 

Speak to a Therapist or Counselor if You Need To

We are all dealing with an avalanche of emotions that are often hard to navigate. We might feel empowered, yet scared, hopeful, yet depressed. And very tired. You don’t have to make it look like you’re okay all the time–that’s not the typical human experience. It is perfectly ok, however, to speak to a professional that can offer you the right tools to deal and thrive during these trying times. Another helpful thing to turn to are podcasts that offer this advice for free, straight from the experts.

You Better Vote

Vote. Vote, even if you think it won’t matter. We have to all have to show up and have our voices heard at the polls. We have to continue to vote people into office who represent us, and care about equality and justice. This is not the time to check out of being part of a democracy.