We are deeply saddened by the civil unrest in our community, and stand with our neighbors who are fighting the injustices of police brutality and systemic racism that is all too prevalent in our society.
100% of the donations collected for our June sessions of our breathing workshop Breathe will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.
If you are not able to participate in the protests that have been organized for whatever reason, we urge you to continue to donate to local civil rights causes, like the Black Lives Matter Louisville's Stand Up Sundays coalition if you're financially able. Make it a regular habit, if possible. Sign petitions seeking justice for those who have been impacted by police brutality, such as the Justice for Breonna Taylor petition and the Justice for David McAtee petition. Follow Black Lives Matter on social media for updates on what else can be done to help.
Most important of all, we urge you to call out racism when you see it, including in yourselves. This is a far-reaching and deeply established problem in our society, and it starts with each of us. These protests make us uncomfortable, and they should. Please take the time to sit with that discomfort, address how systematic racism has shaped your world view, educate yourselves by reading and asking questions (*always make sure the people you are talking to have the space available to speak about these issues - our friends are tired and emotionally drained, and it is not their responsibility to provide all of the answers for you), and make the changes necessary to grow.
Not all lives matter until Black lives matter.