This communal Racial Healing Campaign Project was re-launched on January 19, 2021 at the Celebration of the Day of Racial Healing, entitled “Creating Virtual Spaces for Collective Healing in Arizona.” It was introduced by KIM BAKER, Field Director of the PDJCC, who will be Co-Facilitator of the Book Club. JOANNE SCOTT WOODS, M.A., M.Ed., Coordinator of the PDJCC, will also co-facilitate. GRACIE McGOVERN-NINTZEL, B.A., PTA, PYT-c, Medical Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, will be leading the Body Practices at each meeting that are revolutionary in repairing the trauma that we all carry and are necessary for “if we are to upend the status quo of white-body supremacy, we must begin with our bodies” (Resmaa Menakem, Page 5) to collectively heal and build resilience.
On THIRD FRIDAYS of each month February through November, a related Racial Healing Campaign Project is the #HowWeHeal COLLECTIVELY PUBLIC FORUMS that includes the #HowWeHeal Book Club (“Healing of the Black and White Communities and the Police” by Kim Baker), Unity Initiative Embodiment: Yoga for Bias Healing (“Healing Through the Body” by Gracie McGovern-Nintzel, BA, PTA, PYT-c) and eight other virtual community-building and racial healing actions.
DATES and TIMES of ZOOM MEETINGS on EVENTBRITE of the #HowWeHeal BOOK CLUB
We will be gathering on Zoom on FIRST FRIDAYS, from 6 to 7:15 pm, from FEBRUARY through NOVEMBER. Free tickets will be available through EVENTBRITE by PDJCC.
DISCUSSION POINTS As you’re reading the monthly chapter/s, please note powerful quotes, research findings, unique insights, or historical facts that you may want to share with the group that particularly broadened your perspective on racial equity and/or racial healing.
Our primary emphasis, though, will be on Body Practices that provide practical ways to engage in the repair of body trauma. “My Grandmother’s Hands” reveals a path forward toward individual and collective healing, chapter by chapter, so we may understand our “own bodies’ processes of connecting and settling.”
At each Book Club gathering, a Body Practice selected from that month’s chapter readings will be led by Medical Therapeutic Yoga Instructor GRACIE McGOVERN NINTZEL. She is the Facilitator of “Unity Initiative (UI) Embodiment: Yoga for Bias Healing” which incorporates body-focused practices into the meetings, based upon the 12-Step program, and which also uses additional Body Practices from “My Grandmother’s Hands” selected from chapter readings covered that month by the Book Club and other resources.
DATES & TIMES of ZOOM MEETINGS on MEETUP OF UNITY INITIATIVE EMBODIMENT: YOGA FOR BIAS HEALING
Two-hour sessions of Yoga for Bias Healing will be held on THIRD SATURDAYS from 10 a.m. to Noon. These will be posted by the UNITY INITIATIVE on MEETUP.
Introductions, Guidelines for Creating a Safe Space & an Introductory Session of a Body-Centered Practice
MARCH 5th – PART I: Unarmed and Dismembered
Chapter 1: YOUR BODY AND BLOOD, Pages 3-27
Chapter 2: BLACK, WHITE, BLACK, BLUE and YOU, Pages 27-36
Chapter 3: BODY TO BODY, GENERATION TO GENERATION, Pages 37- 56
Chapter 4: EUROPEAN TRAUMA AND THE INVENTION OF WHITENESS, Pages 57-66
Chapter 5: ASSAULTING THE BLACK HEART, Pages 67-86
Chapter 6: VIOLATING THE BLACK BODY, Pages 87-96
Chapter 7: THE FALSE FRAGILITY OF THE WHITE BODY, Pages 97-110
Chapter 8: WHITE-BODY SUPREMACY AND THE POLICE BODY, Pages 111-128
Chapter 9: CHANGING THE WORLD BEGINS WITH YOU, Pages 129-136
JULY 2nd PART II: Remembering Ourselves
Chapter 10: YOUR SOUL NERVE, Pages 137-150
Chapter 11: SETTLING AND SAFEGUARDING YOUR BODY, Pages 151-164
Chapter 12: THE WISDOM OF CLEAN PAIN, Pages 165-176
Chapter 13: REACHING OUT TO OTHER BODIES, Pages 177- 180
Chapter 14: HARMONIZING WITH OTHER BODIES, Pages 181-186
Chapter 15: MENDING THE BLACK HEART AND BODY, Pages 187-198
Chapter 16: MENDING THE WHITE HEART AND BODY, Pages 199-214
Chapter 17: MENDING THE POLICE HEART AND BODY, Pages 215-236
OCTOBER 1 – PART III: Mending Our Collective Body
Chapter 18: BODY-CENTERED ACTIVISM, Pages 237-244
Chapter 19: CREATING CULTURE, Pages 245-252
Chapter 20: CULTURAL HEALING FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS, Pages 253-260
Chapter 21: WHITENESS WITHOUT SUPREMACY, Pages 261-274
Chapter 22: RESHAPING POLICE CULTURE, Pages 275-286
Chapter 23: HEALING IS IN OUR HANDS, Pages 287-292
Chapter 24: THE RECKONING, Pages 293-298
The book is available for purchase online , as an e-book and in audio. You may also check its free availability from the Book Club Co-Facilitator Joanne Scott Woods at email@example.com.