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BAMBA #BlackLivesMatter Statement

Firstly we want to acknowledge the death of George Floyd and the pain felt by his family and black people the world over as they are reminded of the traumas they have experienced, directly or across the generations, as a result of racism and systemic inequalities.

 

We recognise the existence of systemic and structural racism and other inequalities in the UK too, and the suffering that comes as a result of it. We stand in solidarity with black people and the #blacklivesmatter movement.

 

We recognise that racism, and related inequalities, are the lived realities for many mindfulness participants in the groups and services, practitioners and other staff in organisations offering mindfulness sessions and interventions. BAMBA will support mindfulness training organisations by sign-posting to resources for developing more inclusive working practice.

 

We show our solidarity with the intention to address the structural racism that has meant that the field of mindfulness too is not as accessible and equitable as it needs to be to black, BAME and all people of colour.

 

The Executive Committee, Advisory Board and Directors of BAMBA are committed to addressing racism and related inequalities in the governance and training of mindfulness and the voices heard and represented in the field of mindfulness and the organisation itself. We also recognise privilege in BAMBA itself and commit to understanding and education within the BAMBA Executive and membership as we move forward to addressing privilege and broadening access to mindfulness in the UK. BAMBA is committed to increasing access to mindfulness to black people and other people of colour.

 

Mindfulness is calling on us to respond to this situation with awareness and compassion. This is because mindfulness is a capacity that helps us to notice our thoughts and reactivity and supports us to bring awareness to our emotions, habits and biases. Mindfulness calls us all, and BAMBA as the governing organisation of mindfulness in the UK in particular, to bring awareness to the suffering caused by racism. Mindfulness practice is also imbued with kindness and compassion, these foundational qualities are calling on us to respond to this situation with these qualities.

 

“Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And that’s the only way forward.” – Ijeoma Oluo

 

BAMBA commits to challenging all forms of discrimination and respecting and valuing difference.

 

What can we each do to help challenge inequalities and support the Black Lives Matter movement?

 

Remaining open to learning helps us to connect to the common humanity between us all. See suggested action and educational content below and more via this link  bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES

 

Support Black and BAME family, friends and colleagues whenever they are facing racism and health inequalities, particularly at this especially stressful and traumatic time.

 

Sign petitions calling for action and donate to organisations fighting against injustices. Find out more via hashtag #BlackLivesMatter online & Black Lives Matter UK Fund https://www.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund

 

Inform yourself and others – practicing willingness to open and learn

 

Listening 

About Race Podcast with Reni Eddo-Lodge: www.aboutracepodcast.com

Anti-racism podcasts, Elle Magazine https://bit.ly/3cOgNj9

 

Watching 

We Resist: A Queer Muslim Perspective by El-Farouk Khaki·TEDxUTSC https://bit.ly/2MOkoD8

“How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” Peggy McIntosh TEDx TimberlaneSchools

 

Books

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge  https://bit.ly/2MLw7T4 

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, by Afua Hirsch https://bit.ly/2ziTtfD 

It’s Not About the Burqa, Ed. Mariam Khan https://bit.ly/37lZdlk

Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo https://bit.ly/2XPkS2c

Black and British: A Forgotten History, David Olusoga https://bit.ly/2AhvtK8 

Natives: Race And Class In The Ruins Of Empire, Akala https://bit.ly/2UuNMCJ 

How To Be An Anti Racist, Ibram X. Kendi https://bit.ly/2YmYKLs 

Me And White Supremacy Workbook, Layla F. Saad https://bit.ly/3dOTrLl 

 

Articles and reports

UK Black Pride, Lady Phyll Talks Intersectionality, Solidarity, and Self-Care https://bit.ly/2BThL0x

Black Lives Matter, Being real about this in mindfulness learning and teaching https://bit.ly/2MOjUNk Racism and mental health (2018)Royal College of Psychiatry https://bit.ly/30pm4uM

Black Lives Matter: A Call to Action for Counseling Psychology Leaders  US National Library of Medicine

The Politics of Empathy and Race Psychology Today