A Message of Solidarity: Chauvin Verdict

  • April 21, 2021
  • By: efireside
  • In: General

Art by @JohnLeeDraws

First and foremost, we ground ourselves in our love of George Floyd, his family, Black life, and Black futures. 

We sit in this moment with many feelings—joy, grief, anger, love, relief, tension. This is a historic conviction that comes out of months of organizing, mutual aid, collective care, protest, uprising, rebellion by people in the streets. A conviction that also comes on the heels of police killings of Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Ma’Khia Bryant. Justice is no one being murdered at the hands of the police ever again. Justice to us means safety for everyone, and a world where people have everything they need. 

Our work is to repair and heal our individual and collective trauma, knowing those are interconnected. As we endure trauma after trauma on so many levels, we invite you ground and settle as you can. 

 

Grounding tools (@traumaawarecare):

FOR PANIC

  • explore the texture of your clothing
  • smell something comforting like hot tea or lavender
  • touch your thumb to each finger while counting: 1-2-3-4, 4-3-2-1
  • wrap yourself in a warm blanket
  • move your body in a way that feels good to you – stretch, walk, shake

FOR COLLAPSE

  • drink something cold or chew on ice
  • gently turn your head to look around the room
  • run cool water on your wrists
  • count by color – how many blue objects do you see?
  • take a brisk walk or shake your limbs/hands/body