We hope this message finds you well and safe during these challenging times in our world.
Recovery Dharma PDX stands with those protesting systemic racial injustice in the justice system and greater society. We stand against racism and bigotry of all kinds. We as an organization are committed to investigating where we may fall short in respect to race and diversity and addressing those shortcomings so that we may greater assist all people in finding recovery.
We are committed to ongoing anti-racism work and being inclusive for BIPOC as a recovery community. That’s why we’re offering a forum entitled:
Creating Anti-Racist Change in Recovery Dharma
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 7-8pm PST
Where: Virtual Zoom (Video Conferencing Platform)
Who: All are welcome!
Host: Co-Created Peer-led Forum
Reserve your spot at: AntiracismRecoveryDharmapdx.eventbrite.com
About: Serving as a foundational, peer-led forum for anti-racism, we want to tackle racial discrimination, racial justice and inclusion issues in our sangha, while nurturing and caring for BIPOC in our area. We want to move forward as an anti-racist group, identifying as Buddhist practitioners who are for social justice. This forum is not a space to process feelings, but rather a space to discuss what that process will look like for our community. All are welcome. Note that there will be a window for Q&A toward the end of the forum.
Here is a Statement on Racial Justice by the Recovery Dharma Women Trans Non-binary meeting! [Click here to access on our website.]
“The Recovery Dharma Women, Trans, & Non-Binary sangha stand in solidarity with the Black community in our sangha, our recovery community, in the Pacific Northwest, and around the world. We condemn racism and the violence inflicted on George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black people across all genders that have been subjected to brutality at the hands of a Police system rooted in White Supremacy.
We acknowledge that:
Systemic racism is real.
The impact of systemic racism is deadly for Black and Indigenous Peoples and People of Color across law enforcement, mental health, medical and other institutional systems.
The impact of systemic racism and the trauma it causes is at the heart of the suffering many Black and Brown people experience in their addiction.
Our individual sangha, intersangha, and the broader Recovery Dharma community is disproportionately comprised of White people and White voices.
To our Black companions in the recovery journey: We see you. We are listening. We stand with you against racism, oppression, and violence.
To our White and non-Black companions: We ask you to draw on the tools you have learned in recovery to listen, and to engage with difficult discussions and feelings that arise in discussions around oppression and privilege. No matter how hard it may be to sit with discomfort, it does not compare to the existential threats People of Color face every day and have for generations.
As a Sangha, we commit to:
Working harder to engage People of Color in our community
Providing a haven to engage in the journey of recovery using Biddhist principles while respectfully acknowledging he wisdom and cultural lineage from which they come.
To hold space for difficult and consensual conversations in a way that does not require People of Color to undertake the emotional and psychic labor of educating us and that is mindful of perpetuatingracially-based trauma
To undertake these commitments as an ongoing, integrated process and not a one-time engagement.
May all be at ease."
We hope to see you at the Forum on Friday, June 19th @ 7pm PST!
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