The Emotional Work
of Social Justice
October 19, 2020
You may remember Kellie Walsh from the Spiritual Shadow Boxing podcast where I was a guest a few weeks ago. We had an intense discussion about #DefundThePolice. Kellie was focused on using inclusive language so as not to turn potential allies away. I was focused on the right of oppressed people to protest however they choose without considering the feelings of people who benefit from their oppression.
She openly talks about what she felt, how she processed it, what she learned about herself, and how she will approach social justice moving forward. I admire her bravery for going through the process and especially for talking about it publicly.
Toxic Masculinity - Opinions of a Black Woman and a White Woman
October 14, 2020
Elwyn and Zach host a podcast, Black Guy White Guy Talking. They have created a unique space where men lead the discussion on racism. It's not scholars educating us on history, women who are often leading the movement for equity, or even one Black man giving his view. It's a regular Black guy and a regular white guy who have open and honest discussions about racism.
I am honored that they invited me to participate in a conversation about toxic masculinity. What is it? Is it different for white men and men of color? Can it be subtle? Who is allowed to talk about how trauma informs their behavior? Who receives sympathy and who receives condemnation?
Spiritual Shadow Boxing:
Why "Defund the Police" is the Right Slogan
September 30, 2020
On this tenth episode of the series, "Spiritual Shadow Boxing", Kellie Walsh, Fereshta Ramsey, and Kelly Campbell are joined by Sacil Armstrong—an Equity Coach and Social Justice Facilitator. We talk about the importance of community and being able to hear one another in the context of antiracism. We dive into what defunding the police actually means and the need to rebuild a new system, rooted in the service of all people.
Conversations with Nicole
September 9, 2020
I'm talking with Nicole Everett about antiracism and how important it is to take care of yourself as you fight for equity. Join us for a guided meditation as well.
Racism, not Race, is a Health Risk
August 29, 2020
I joined Shimila Keenum, Executive Director of Grounded Path, as a guest speaker during her recent online Acudetox training. My talk centered on how the health outcomes of Black and brown communities are not caused by our race, but rather by the systemic racism we face every day.
Acudetox, also known as the NADA protocol, is an evidence-based ear acupuncture treatment for addictions, behavioral health, trauma and disaster relief. NADA stands for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, a non-profit organization that oversees training and advocacy of Acudetox. The protocol is a simple yet powerful treatment placing 5 sterile needles in the ears in specific points in each ear. The treatment is non-verbal, non-threatening and often brings immediate calm.
The Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group, and the Black Panthers, a Black activist group, joined together to create the United Bronx Drug Fighters in the early 1970s and demand a detox center at the local hospital, Lincoln Hospital. By 1973 Lincoln Recovery was established and successfully treating patients. The movement faced serious opposition that cost the life of a doctor, but the center and the practice survived.
NADA has trained more than 25,000 clinicians in North America and worldwide.
Benefits of NADA
• Reduced cravings for alcohol and drugs, including nicotine
• Minimized withdrawal symptoms
• Increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation
• Relief from stress and emotional trauma
• An easier connection with counseling
• A discovery of inner quiet and strength
If you are a counselor, mental health worker, disaster relief or trauma support staff, first responder, correctional officer, doctor, or nurse, check here for future training opportunities.
Can We Discuss Racism Without Blame, Shame, and Guilt?
July 15, 2020
Join me and Dr. Angie Anderson of Serenity Counseling Center & Wellness as we discuss how to overcome emotional and psychological blocks to learning about antiracism, and what it might look like to talk about the facts without the blame, shame, and guilt that often accompanies discussion about America's history of racism.
MindLove Melissa - Undoing Racism Programming
June 4, 2020
Join me and MindLove Melissa on IGTV to discuss how racism was created, how we are subconsciously programmed, become aware of our defense mechanisms, and learn how to join the revolution. If you have Instagram, click here to watch.
Self Care in a Time of Chaos
May 21, 2020
Self-care is imperative in the midst of the grief and stress caused by coronavirus, white supremacy, and economic anxiety. Yet we may feel guilty about prioritizing ourselves when others are suffering so much. How can we set boundaries, practice self care and social isolation, and support each other and our communities to heal?
Karen Fleshman, Esq. She/Her is the founder of Racy Conversations, with the mission of inspiring the antiracist generation. She is the author of White Women We Need to Talk: Doing Our Part to End Racism, to be published by Sounds True in 2021. Reddit dubbed her “common_sense_Karen”.
A Conversation - About Race and Feminism with Karen Fleshman
September 20, 2019
Join us for a laid back, honest discussion about race, feminism, and what people in general, and women in particular, can do to overcome what’s holding us back as a group.
Karen Fleshman, Esq. is an attorney, activist, single soccer mom, and a nationally recognized expert on racism, feminism, workplace fair practices, police brutality, and politics. Working at Year Up, a nonprofit that prepares young adults without a college degree for corporate careers in tech, Karen came to understand the harm caused by tokenized hiring and the racism and sexism pervasive in the workplace. In 2014, Karen founded Racy Conversations, a workshop facilitation company, to help people feel more willing and able to communicate honestly with each other about racism, and to do so with increased empathy and understanding.
9 Things You May Not Realize Come Off As Rude, According to Experts
June 13, 2019
"Building empathy, in general, is a massive win in any personal or professional situation," Jen Oleniczak Brown, an author and educator who specializes in building social skills, tells Bustle. It can not only help you better understand others and connect in a meaningful way, but it can make them understand you, too. Click here to read more, including my input.
Wild Goose Festival
In 2018, I was a presenter at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC, a transformational community grounded in faith-inspired social justice. I taught 2 sessions of abstract art as meditation, one for adults and another for teens.
Self-care is crucial when you are fighting for equity and social justice. Somebody always needs help. There's always another battle to confront. But we can pour from an empty cup, so I teach people how to pause and replenish themselves so they can stay in the movement for the long haul instead of burning and crashing.
The festival was amazing, and I highly recommend it to meet people committed to the movement and feel connected. I was a total fan girl when I ran into John Pavlovitz walking on the trail!