‘It is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist’
In light of recent events we would like to highlight our pledge to being a safe space for all women. As a feminist organisation we are aware of the different and intersecting inequalities that members of our community in Tyneside and Northumberland face each and every day. We recommit to anti-racism and will continue to actively work to support our black community, within our staff, volunteers, and service users. We stand against racism.
We understand that the circulation of graphic material online can be re-traumatising. It is important to take care of your mental health during this time.
Rachel Miller at VICE magazine has put together some self-care tips that may be useful, some include:
Let yourself feel your feelings – It is ok to feel angry, upset, hurt and frustrated. Your feelings are valid.
Set news and social media limits – You don’t have to be tuned into everything 24/7 to understand what’s going on, and you don’t need to feel guilt if you need to take a break from reading and listening to the news.
Set firm boundaries with family, friends and work – If you don’t feel like discussing a topic or event, that’s ok. Being overwhelmed with requests for comments, opinions, and resources can be exhausting. It is not your job to educate everyone about your own oppression.
Find ways to connect with other Black people – Consider joining a Facebook group or a slack group for Black people or listening to a podcast with a black host. Anything that helps you know you are not alone in your grief and hurt.