Black LivesMatter

We stand in full support of the Black Lives Matter movement

Dear Friends of CMC:FFC,

We at CMC:Foundation for Change stand in full support of the movement to seek justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black Americans who have been killed by police in this country. Organizations like Black Lives Matter are undertaking vital work to build a world in which “every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive”.

As an organization working to address the impact of addiction in the US, we find it vital to recognize, discuss, and do our part to educate others on how the US’s long history of systemic racism and discrimination has impacted our field.

In drug policy and reform work, communities of color have been consistently criminalized instead of cared for. Campaigns like the War on Drugs have employed practices like mandatory minimum sentencing and broken windows policing to push forward an oppressive agenda that has disproportionately impacted Black communities.

We believe that treatment of those who struggle with substance use should no longer be the job of the criminal justice system. It should be the job of our public health system to find sustainable ways to help those who are struggling by providing them access to the support they need, as well as support for their families, loved ones, and communities.

So we invite those of you who have not been directly impacted by racial injustice in this country to listen with us as we step back and let the words of Black Americans guide us in how we can continue to be supportive during this time and going forward. Below we have compiled some resources you may find useful.

Introductory readings on race in the US

“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”

Social Justice and Liberation Centered Books, Websites and Articles

Want to buy one of the books mentioned above to learn more? Buy it from a black-owned bookstore!

Want to take action right now?

This landing page will direct you to petitions to sign, numbers to text or call, and places to donate. It is being updated regularly and is a great source for staying up-to-date on actions you can take.

Also consider donating directly to this national network of bail funds. These funds pay bail to release arrested protestors. If you cannot protest yourself (and many of us can’t!), it is a huge help to get arrested protestors out of jail as quickly as possible.

Mental health resources for Black communities

A collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.

An online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

A directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist.

A search tool for finding culturally competent and responsive therapy.

A fund that provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy

An interactive digital resource that helps QTPoC locate QTPoC mental health practitioners across the country.

A google doc list of therapists who specialize in supporting BIPOC and queer people.

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