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Community Healing Circle

Updated: May 22, 2023


The killing of Tyre King by police is a tragic and devastating event that has left many people grieving and feeling a deep sense of loss. Monday, MNPD executed a 47-year-old Black man who was experiencing a mental health crisis. In 2022, Police murdered 1192 people. Despite Black people only make up 13% of the population, 26% of the people killed by Police were Black. It’s evident that police harm our community by engaging in acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and excessive use of force. We don’t need any more diversity training. We need abolition and healing justice!


In times like these, it is important for communities to come together and support one another in the healing process. I write this to reaffirm the Black Mental Health Village’s commitment to Healing Justice.


Healing justice recognizes that harm and trauma have ripple effects that go beyond the individual, and that healing must occur at the community level to create lasting change. This can include engaging in collective grief and trauma-informed care, addressing systemic issues that perpetuate violence and harm, and creating spaces for those who have been impacted to share their stories and heal in a supportive environment.


On Feb 3, 2023, You are invited to join us at the 37208 community building for a listening circle (from 6-9) and collective action planning session (9-10:30). This event is a potluck so please bring a dish to share. Looking forward to building solidity and collective safety.

Sincerely,


Benaias Esayeas


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