Social Justice

Black Lives Matter

A Message from the CEO, Board,

and Staff of Heart & Soul

We at Heart and Soul are saddened and feel compelled to speak out...

 

As an African American CEO of a mental health agency, I stand in solidarity with those who are demonstrating for peace and systems change. Historical and present day trauma has impacted the lives of African Americans and Black people all around the world for centuries. These atrocities are now coming to the forefront of public awareness. For the loss of lives, I grieve. For their families and friends, I grieve. For the contributions to society these men and women of color will never have a chance to make to their communities and the world, I grieve. For those caught in the crossfire of tear gas and batons, I grieve. For those Black people incarcerated disproportionately to their White counterparts, I grieve.

 

Black Lives Matter.

 

As a society, we must do more than

pay lip service to this idea;

we must demonstrate through our actions

that we believe it.

 

The wrongful deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many, many others at the hands and knees of law enforcement, show that we have a very long way to go.  The disparities in housing, healthcare and education that so many Black and Brown children grow up in, that so many families are trapped in, are a testament to a great injustice in this country which has persisted through the centuries and severely damaged and destroyed the lives of countless millions. We stand united with the Black community and global communities who are protesting and speaking out.

 

We, the board members of Heart and Soul, are committed to working toward a society which is kind and just, extends a hand to all in need, and does its utmost to right the wrongs of its past. We have much work to do.  As products of our society, we know that many of us may not be fully attuned to all the ways that society has failed people of color, nor how best to begin to address this. As a group we know that we need to have the humility to listen and learn from those who have borne the brunt of these injustices, and play our appropriate roles as advocates and allies. 

 

As board members of an organization whose purpose is to empower others, and often others who have experienced prejudice and injustice because they don’t fit perceived societal norms, we have a special duty to speak out against these injustices and to support those who are leading the effort to make our society more equitable.  Further, we have a duty to shape our organization as an active force for building such a society. This includes ensuring that our practices in recruiting board members and staff, governance of the organization, and our interactions with other board members, staff, the people we serve and the community at large are models of justice and inclusion. We intend to develop a plan for specific, meaningful activities to put these words into action, and commit to publishing this plan so we can be held to account.

 

We must support Heart and Soul in its role as advocate to speak out against and educate the community

about individual and systemic prejudice and injustice, speak up for those who are impacted by it, and demand change.

 

...For the solidarity of a global community,

today we celebrate.

 

As Peer Supporters of mental wellness and the Cultural Competency Committee of Heart and Soul, we understand the anger, frustration, grief and people’s reactions. As a mental health agency, we are aware of the effects, such as anxiety and PTSD, that can be triggered by the current events. We encourage peaceful protest and dialogue in a restorative way. Heart and Soul continues to provide groups over Zoom where participants can talk about their feelings and emotions around the issues. If you want to talk, call the Heart and Soul Peer Warm Line at (650)231-2024 that can be accessed nearly 24/7 for support. Please see our website 

https://www.heartandsoulinc.org/total-wellness-club 

for information about virtual groups.

 

Here is an additional resource for Black people dealing with stress:

https://www.self.com/story/black-mental-health-resources

 

For our allies who would like to engage in the practice of cultural humility by learning more about the Black experience in America as it relates to the justice system and the impact of police brutality, please watch these films, available on Netflix:

  • Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland

  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story

  • When They See Us

  • 13th

 

In Solidarity,

Cardum Harmon, Heart and Soul, Inc., CEO
Heart and Soul, Inc. Board
Heart and Soul, Inc. Staff

Heart & Soul

Cultural Competency

Committee

The Cultural Competency Committee strives to celebrate our differences and bring various communities together in their uniqueness so that all voices may and will be heard.

Mission Statement

  • To create equal opportunity for each person who enters      

       our doors

  • To identify areas of need and underserved within            our community

  • To strengthen our diversity

  • To welcome each individual identity and cultural background

  • To promote the ideal to let people rise and succeed for who they already are​​​

 

About Us

The Cultural Competency Committee was formed by the employees of Heart and Soul.  We meet weekly on Friday mornings at 9:30 AM to discuss matters of cultural inclusion and pertinent current events. While the Committee currently consists of only staff members, we welcome and encourage community participation.  If interested in joining, please contact Amaal Greenwood-Goodwin by phone at (650) 232-7426 or by email at amaalgg@heartandsoulinc.org. We look forward to hearing from you as we continue our work in community engagement for the adherence and preservation of social justice.

Resources

Websites:

www.naacp.org

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of minorities.

www.blacklivesmatter.com

The official #BlackLivesMatter Global Network builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe.

www.ifrsf.org

The mission of Instituto Familiar de la Raza (IFR) is to promote and enhance the health and well-being of Chicanos/Latinos and multicultural/multiracial youth.

www.thelatinocommission.org

A Recovery Community Organization operating California DHCS State licensed and Drug Medi-Cal certified residential and outpatient facilities in San Mateo.

www.vorsmc.org

Voices of Recovery San Mateo County. Peer-led organization supports recovery. Voices of Recovery San Mateo County (VORSMC) is a nonprofit (501 c3) peer-led organization that was established in 2010, with the purpose of advocating for and supporting the recovery community, people overcoming drug and/or alcohol.

www.californiaclubhouse.org

California Clubhouse is a social and vocational rehabilitation program in San Mateo County for individuals living with a mental illness.

www.namisanmateo.org

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in the San Francisco Bay Area with mental illness through support, education, and advocacy.

www.corasupport.org

CORA is the only agency in San Mateo County solely dedicated to helping those affected by domestic violence. From counseling, to emergency housing, to legal services.

www.legalaidsmc.org

Legal Aid fights social injustice through civil legal advocacy and helps low-income clients with civil legal issues.

www.sanmateopride.org

San Mateo County Pride Center. Born of the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community over the years, the San Mateo County Pride Center is the first ever community center for LGBTQ+

Books:

Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin

Why We Can’t Wait – Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Warrior Woman: Memoirs of a Girlhood Amongst Ghosts – Maxine Hong Kingston

Woman Hollering Creek – Sandra Cisneros

When They Call you a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matters Memoir – Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo

The Complete Poetry – Maya Angelou

Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice – Mark R Warren

Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy – Mark R Warren

Smile as They Bow – Nu Nu Yi

My Walk to Equality: Essays, Stories, and Poetry – edited by Rashmii Amoah

 

Movies:

In the Heat of the Night 1967

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

When They See US

13th

California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations

  Grow & Sustain Webinar

"Community Builds Immunity"

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  Presented by

  Cardum Harmon, CEO at Heart & Soul

  September 17, 2020

Building Beloved Community Through Restorative Practices

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a clearer understanding of the impact trauma has on BIPOC communities

  2. Participants will learn best practices for inclusion and engagement of diverse groups in services​

  3. Participants will identify ways to cultivate allyship in their respective communities

Click on this button to view the video of the Webinar:

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