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2
Jun

Solidarity and Allyship with Black Sangha Members as We Work Towards National Healing and Recovery

Statement from San Francisco Zen Center Leadership, in collaboration with the Central DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility) Committee and CAIC (Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee)

Since early last year, this country has been battered by a series of ongoing crises and events. We have experienced heartache after heartache from a global pandemic to instances of brutal racial violence to increasing numbers of mass shootings. It has been one year since George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was murdered while in police custody.

At this time, we want to acknowledge that Black Americans have been disproportionately affected by the hardships of the last year and to offer our support.

The economic impact of the pandemic has meant that households of color, already over-represented in low-wage “essential” jobs, have often been first to lose incomes and the last to regain employment. While this has been the case in every economic downturn, the inequality is especially glaring this time since the economic pain of Covid-19 has cut so deep. Today, Black households struggle with the highest rate of unemployment in the US today while being twice as likely to die from Covid-19.

Income inequality has also been coupled with violent policing and an assault on voting rights for the poor and communities of color. Black Americans have also suffered from adverse mental health due to generations of collective trauma. In some areas of the country, suicide mortality among African Americans nearly doubled in the past year while decreasing substantially among white Americans.

These are symptoms of the systemic racism that has been designed into the institutions and culture of our country. While a small measure of justice was served to the family of George Floyd for his murder, his life remains lost, to them and to us.

No one should feel afraid for simply existing. For far too long, economic, physical, and emotional abuses directed toward our Black brothers and sisters have gone ignored. We want to say that we see you, we care about you, and we are committed to cultivating the conditions in which you can feel safe, respected, and at ease anywhere you may wish to be.

We resonate deeply with the words of Lilla Watson, “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” However, the real power of encouraging words is not in the feelings they evoke, but in the positive actions they inspire, the commitments we make and uphold, and the work we do together.

Hate is a cycle, but so is peace. Thus we vow to interrupt hate, intolerance, and division wherever we encounter them and instead plant seeds of loving-kindness, inclusion, and unity. Using our voices to speak out, we will bear witness to the suffering caused by systemic racism and to act as allies. May we continuously manifest the truth of our profound interdependency as we work together for the liberation of all beings.

With bows,
San Francisco Zen Center Leadership in collaboration with Central DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility) Committee and CAIC (Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee)

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3
Jun

Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee (CAIC) Listening Meeting at City Center

Saturday, June 15, 1 – 3:30 pm
City Center dining room, 300 Page Street, SF 94102

The Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee (CAIC) is inviting the Greater Sangha to participate in a listening meeting to discuss our experiences as Sangha who practice at Beginner’s Mind Temple, City Center.

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8
Jan

Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee (CAIC) Listening Meeting

Thursday, January 24, 7:30 – 9 pm
City Center dining room, 300 Page Street, SF 94102

The Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee (CAIC) is inviting People with Disabilities (PWD) to participate in a listening meeting to discuss our experiences as PWD who practice at Beginner’s Mind Temple, City Center.

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