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Beloved humans,

There is so much devastation, suffering, and anguish in our country and the world these days that it is easy to get stuck in hopelessness. Hope may seem elusive. But I've found it.

I find hope in my children's optimism, capacity for empathy, fierce personal commitment to tikkun olam (healing the world), and effortless ability to hold multiple truths. I find hope in the fact that many of my fellow social justice consultants and I have experienced a sustained surge in new requests for support. And I find hope in the abundance of amazing opportunities for learning and healing that are available for parenting adults, educators, and other concerned humans. 

I’m excited to share with you the recordings of two different interviews I did over the summer - on Instagram Live with Shibani Joshi and on YouTube with White Privilege Conference Founder Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. In them, I discuss childhood racial socialization, antiracist parenting, resilience, and intersections of whiteness with marginalized identities, I hope they can provide you with some tangible strategies and new food for thought. Links to the interviews can be found here.

Also, my brilliant and talented friend, Carol Swainson, Head of San Francisco Schoolhouse, has produced a documentary entitled Conversations with My White Child. I am honored and humbled to be among those who are featured in the film. I will let you know when it’s available to the public, but in the meantime, you can watch the trailer

And finally, here are some of the resources I recommend most frequently for learning, healing, and transformation:

- EmbraceRace: I’ve learned so much from their free articles and webinars. This is a MUST resource for anyone with young people in their lives. 

- Building Antiracist White Educators: BARWE offers free, monthly articles and related discussion guides. They take care of all the research, preparation, and planning, so all you have to do is read/watch some brief things and meet with your  colleagues once a month. (BARWE gives you discussion questions, too, as well as tools for meaningful dialogue.)

- Rebekah Gienapp’s “Raising Antiracist White Kids Caregivers Reflection Circle”: This is a perfect place for folks who want to build community, get strategies and support, and collectively navigate their antiracist parenting/caregiving with awareness and compassion. 

- Sandra Kim’s Re-Becoming Human: Sandra offers healing circles and trainings — some for everyone, some specifically for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), and some specifically for white people — grounded in interdependence and collective growth. 

- “White Fragility and Whiteness as a Trauma Response”: Do you want to learn about how the concept of whiteness began in the first place? Or what white people’s often predictable behaviors are when they feel uncomfortable or make a mistake? Or what’s really behind those behaviors? Or what needs to be healed and how to start doing it? Check, check, check, and CHECK! 

For those of you, like me, who will celebrate Rosh Hashanah this evening, I wish you l’shana tovah and gut yontif. As the year 5780 ends and we enter into 5781, I leave all of you with the words of Rabbi Tarfon from the Pirkei Avot: "It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but neither are you free to desist from it" (2:16).

May you find glimmers of hope within yourselves and each other...even when everything is literally and figuratively burning to the ground. 

Warmly,
Sarah
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