The question many are asking in the wake of the murder of George Floyd is how we can contribute to dismantling the structures of racism. Neighbors For Racial Justice based in the Diamond area of Oakland has been working on this issue with a white awake accountability group, a black advisory council, and a weekly black lives matter vigil in Oakland. Host, Marlena Willis, speaks with two members, Sherri Taylor and Jenn Biehn about their work.
Sherri Taylor, Psy.D. (she/they/femme) is a contemplative, scholar, consultant, and facilitator. She is core faculty in the Somatic Psychology department at California Institute for Integral Studies and also teaches in the clinical psychology doctoral program at The Wright Institute. She curates and hosts group trainings, playshops, and workshops for community and professional audiences in the areas of anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, cultural humility, the cultivation of joy and creativity, dream work, and spirituality. Sherri aspires each day to appreciate and hold reverence for the fullness and complexities of the human experience.
Jenn Biehn (she/they) has leveraged her white privilege as an activist for racial and social justice since 1968. An engaged Buddhist, she moves from a place of deep interconnectedness with all beings and a belief that the next Buddha is Sangha. A long time Oakland resident, she currently offers classes in the community and with organizations ready to engage in Transforming White Privilege on the Path to Racial Justice. She also teaches Tai Chi and Qigong embodying the heart qualities.
Neighbors for Racial Justice is a group of Oakland residents in Dimond/Oakmore/Glenview who are committed to racial equity and justice in their neighborhood and in Oakland. N4RJ is a multi-racial group comprised mostly of white women who examine and act to address their own racism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy. They are supported by a women-led Black Advisory Council. They originally came together to respond to egregious racial profiling on list serves and to educate folks throughout Oakland about racial profiling, which is still one of their top priorities. They are available to offer virtual presentations on interrupting racist profiling, workshops on white privilege accountability, and/or how you can begin organizing with your neighbors against racism. They are happy to support you and offer their resources in the work you’re doing to challenge racism. Please connect!
Find them on Face book – Neighbors for Racial Justice or via their webpage www.neighborsforracialjustice.org