Body|Mind Trauma Specialist

Black Lives Matter

Inspire Change

June 2020

Dear Survivor,

2020 has truly thrown some unpredictable chaos into our lives and the black community has especially been suffering- “a community already experiencing heightened grief and economic hardship now contends with renewed trauma from racist police brutality” (Reina Gattuso). Have you or somebody you know experienced trauma because of the color of their skin? The answer is almost always yes, unfortunately, because racist violence is a deep scar inflicted in our society and has been evident since black slaves were forced onto American soil. From then to now, our nation has seen too many massacres of innocent people. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Dion Johnson are just a few of the most recent victims lost to police brutality but they will not be forgotten. It’s in their names that this movement was inspired and already we are seeing a shift in the community- one of wholeness, support, and love from neighbors, friends, and even companies are transforming to become more inclusive of people of color. Feeling inspired to help?

Here’s what you can do:

  • Educate Yourself - This one is important, especially if you grew up in a predominantly white family/community because you may not have witnessed these kinds of confrontations thus having a limited understanding of racial issues. Challenge yourself to unlearn racial biases and learn what it means to be antiracist with the help of these resources:
  • Protest - If you have the energy and time to commit to this movement, consider exercising your First Amendment right to peacefully protest. Since we’re still in a pandemic, be sure to protect yourself by wearing a face mask, bringing hand sanitizer, and refrain from physical contact. You can find out more details on where and when the next local protest will be by searching Facebook groups and events, searching #[your city]Protest on Twitter, or by contacting the local Black Lives Matter group in your area.
  • Volunteer - Not everybody is a fan of big crowds but if you would like to offer your time and energy you may consider helping the protesters by supplying them with childcare, meals, and medical supplies. Consider what skills you possess and if they can be utilized to help those in need. For example, someone who is multilingual can help by translating important documents and news about protests and a seamstress can help make masks for the protesters.
  • Donate - For those that can support the movement by donating can do so through programs that support racial justice and equality. Explore this list (there are many more, feel free to Google them) and contribute to organizations that resonate with you:

Consider donating directly to grieving black families to help cover the costs of funerals, legal expenses, grief counseling, and more. You can find fundraisers set up on

Support Black-Owned Businesses - The pandemic has affected businesses negatively and they rely heavily on their patrons to keep them open and operating. Click here to find a collection of apps, marketplaces, and directories to help you find and support black-owned businesses.

Text/Email/Write - There are many petitions circulating to help and support the victims and people of color where simply adding your name can put pressure on officials to make better decisions and make changes. Reaching out to your local government can help as well encouraging changes such as policies for preventing police violence. You can find a comprehensive list of petitions and official contacts here.

Vote - Big change happens when government officials care. Use your law given ability and vote to put people in power that stand for what you believe. Register to vote here.

Hopefully this will spark some difficult yet necessary conversations between yourself and others to create a safe and peaceful community for all. Healing happens when we address our feelings and our actions- be sure to do this responsibly. For example, avoid awkward, uncomfortable confessions from offloading feelings of guilt to people of color by addressing it personally with a mental health professional who adheres to an anti-racist approach.

We cannot spiritually bypass this reality and hope for peace without addressing the changes that need to be made. Together we can fight for justice, begin healing and bring peace to our friends and neighbors of color.

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Supporting you with love and respect,

Supporting you with love and respect,

Zen Jen (formerly known as Jennifer Emperador) is a Trauma-Sensitive Practitioner specializing in a wholeness approach to healing trauma. She’s a survivor, warrior and fellow sister who wants to inspire and empower women dealing with trauma and PTSD.




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