Preserving Black Futures; Resisting White Supremacy

The HealthConnect One team mourns the loss of Black grandmas, uncles, dads, sisters, and moms, at the hands of White supremacy in Buffalo on Sunday. 

In a country where growing theories and hate target the joy of Black birth, our team remains focused and strengthened to continue our work. The preservation and survival of Black life, joy, families, and communities, is the core of our work. 

As we continue to work towards ensuring Black people can give birth safely and future generations of Black communities can thrive, we hope our legislators take action to address domestic terrorism and our allies and have deep conversations about the threat of White supremacy. 

Today, say the names of the people who were murdered. Hold their memories as we dream, hope, and organize for a reformed country, and remember Black folks in Buffalo who have lost another supermarket now creating a food desert. 

SAY THEIR NAMES

Aaron Salter, 55; Ruth Whitfield, 86; Katherine “Kat” Massey, 72; Pearly Young, 77; Heyward Patterson, 67; Celestine Chaney, 65; Roberta Drury, 32; Margus D. Morrison, 52; Andre Mackneil, 53; Geraldine Talley, 62.

You can support local organizations in Buffalo by providing food relief for Black folks during this time: @feedbuffalo @buffalocommunityfridge @feedmorewny.

For Black colleagues, partners, and networks, please visit beam.community for mental health resources as we process this horrific event.

As we battle with and strategize against White supremacy, please use this Self-Check In Tool from BEAM.
How Am I? A Self Check-in

Mental – What are my thoughts right now? How are they impacting me? What fear of how folks will perceive me is getting in the way of asking for the help I need?

Physical – Am I hungry? Am I tired? Am I in pain? What am I feeling in my body and where? What is/are the message(s) my body is sending me about my needs?

Emotional – What am I feeling? What helps me to feel resourced and grounded before taking on something that requires more of me?

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Message of Support for Black Communities Against Racism

 

HealthConnect One stands in solidarity with Black people against racism in all its forms.

We are angry and saddened by the continuing injustices that Black people experience, all of which affect our public health. We will continue to work alongside Black communities, families, and advocates to fight racism and to uplift their health and well-being, now and in the future. – Jeretha McKinley, HC One Interim E.D.

We want to also provide Black moms and their families resources to other organizations providing support to the Black community during this difficult time:

Resource List

Where to donate to help George Floyd’s family

Official GoFund Me Page for George Floyd

George Floyd Protest Donations List

Mental health resources for the Black community

Therapy for Black Girls

Sista Afya Community Wellness

Loveland Foundations

Crisis Text Line

8 Mental Health Resources

Boris Henson Foundation

Organizations to support and donate to:

Black Lives Matter

NAACP

Community Bail funds

Chicago Community Bail Fund

Directory of community bail funds

Support for small businesses

Small business relief fund for businesses – Chicago

Volunteer Opportunity – Rebuilding Southside businesses

Support for small businesses on South and West sides of Chicago

Anti – racism booklist for children / adults

Books to learn about anti-racism

Anti-racism for kids 101

Free meals for children in Chicago list

Chicago Food Bank

List of food pantries

Food program on South and West side of Chicago

We will be updating this page as new resources become available. If you have additional resources local or national supporting Black communities please email dpando@healthconnectone.org