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Listening, Learning, and Supporting


These resources are provided for those that are looking for ways to support racial justice in our world. This is an evolving collection of resources. If you have a relevant contribution to this collection, please submit it using the link below.



"My Grandmother's Hands" by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW | About the book and purchase: CLICK HERE

Listen to an interview of Resmaa Menakem.

Read a review of the book by Sarah West, AOBTA®-CP





The White Ally Toolkit | This website and it's workshops are for people who believe racism needs to be addressed or America's progress will be undermined. 

Cultural Healing, Restoring Kinship: A Dharma-based book study of My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies | Recommended by Deborah Valentine Smith, AOBTA®-President. This 2-month online course is facilitated by Kaira Jewel and Hai An. SEE THE FLYER / APPLY FOR THIS COURSE (When applying, please note that you are an "AOBTA member")

Continuing education online courses about cultural sensitivity issues for bodyworks  |

AOBTA® Lunch & Learn Webinar Series | In August, Barbra Esher, AOBTA®-CI and a past-president, will present a webinar on racial justice in your practice.This is an introduction to the workshop she will be leading at the AOBTA® Convention in 2021 (see next).

AOBTA® Convention 2021 | Barbra Esher, AOBTA®-CI, will present "Safety: Using the Three Treasures to Evolve a More Conscious Practice." Barbra presents workshops on racial justice with Dietre Epps, CEO and Founder at Race for Equity, LLC. Dietre is a woman of color and will be joining her as a presenter at the convention. 

We inherit racialized trauma in our DNA (Jing). Racialized trauma is not a matter of if... it's about how much. We are all impacted to certain degrees. If we cannot see our unconcious implicit bias, we increase the probability of doing damage exponentially. If we aren't aware, we can't make different choices.

AOBTA® Book Discussion Webinar (date to be announced) | Join the community in a discussion about "My Grandmother's Hands" by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW. Read the book that is described as "a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide." PURCHASE THE BOOK HERE

Free Racialized Trauma 5-Day eCourse | Offered by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, the author of the book My Grandmother's Hands. 

Stop the Hurt! Transform Your Hidden Racial Bias | Online workshop series on June 29th, 30th, and July 1st, 2020. 

Empathy is Your Superpower: How White Allies Can Boost Their Persuasive Skills | This 5 session online blended learning experience will help members learn best practices in persuasion around racism. This course will include 5 live coaching sessions, each of which will be available on-demand for those who miss them. Scheduled every Tuesday 8-9:30PM (EST) on 6/9, 6/23, 7/7, 7/21, and 8/4.



NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Bail Funds and Legal Help for Demonstrators | Presented by locality.

National Bail Fund Network




FSMTB Collection of Cultural Competence resources | contributed by Pam Ferguson, AOBTA®-CI

Van Jones on Racial Justice | Moving video... How it feels to have people care about a black man dying.

Listening to the Cries of the World | Khenmo Drolma of Vajra Dakini Nunnery. With confidence in our aspiration to benefit all beings, Khenmo leads a meditation training on how to soften and hear uncomfortable truths in this time of dual pandemics of Racism and Covid using the Buddhist Tonglen practice.

America's Racial Contract is Killing Us by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)

My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Magazine (June 22, 2011)

The 1619 Project (all the articles) | NYT Magazine

31 Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance

Where do I donate? Why is the uprising so violent? Should I go protest? by Courtney Martin (June 1, 2020)

How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion by Peggy McIntosh at TEDx TimberLane Schools (18:26)


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