REFLECTIVE CITIZEN’S GROUP

 

 


You are Invited to a
REFLECTIVE CITIZEN’S GROUP
A Conversation on Race

During the past months we have been meeting to process feelings around the psychological trauma of the pandemic. In the current climate we have decided to shift the focus to include a conversation on race. We plan to offer the following Reflective Citizen's group online to process the painful feelings that have been uncovered by the recent trauma of the murder of George Floyd. Reflective Citizen's groups have been convened in many places throughout the world to help individuals and communities process trauma. This Reflective Citizen's group is offered as a community service and there is no charge.

 

Many of us tend to have contact with people and groups who are a lot like us. This reflective citizen group invites people from all walks of life and provides a place where we can learn to talk and listen to one another as citizens of the larger community. It provides a unique opportunity to be with people outside of your normal circle of friends. You're encouraged to suspend judgment and listen to understand, not to agree. Come as a reflective citizen releasing your normal role or status and also releasing any need for a specific outcome. What you will learn may surprise you.

 

 

Recently, Kamala Harris in her acceptance speech reminded us, "there is no vaccine for racism. We have to do the work."  Historian, Jon Meacham, tells us, "change is painful and provisional;" so, we must keep doing the work. Keisha Bottoms quotes Audre Lorde challenging us saying, “your silence will not protect you.” We hope our conversations will help each of us find our voice and move towards change.

 

 


When: 
2nd Friday of each Month beginning June 12, 2020 and each month until June 2021.
from 12:00-1:15 PM

Where: From the comfort or discomfort of your own computer or mobile device in a quiet place.  https://zoom.us/j/99563181506

 

Why: To provide a place where you come together with others to share problems or concerns, to better understand your own situation, and to learn, listen and support each other. We hope to create a common voice that will reverberate in our community to empower individual actions and facilitate positive change.  

Who: This is a support group open to adults age 18 and over. All are welcome. It is not a therapy group. The primary task of this group is to be together in this time of crisis, and to support each other in exploring our feelings and experiences. People in therapy, therapists, first responders, or people who have never been in therapy may find it useful. We are all in this together.

How: Download Zoom to your device and click on the Zoom link above, which will connect to your Zoom and bring you to the meeting. Please download it for free from www.zoom.us. The Zoom link above is secure and HIPAA compliant.
The Group Analytic Practice of Dallas (
www.GAPDallas.com) is offering this Reflective Citizen’s Group and it will be convened by: Tina Ali Mohammad, MD and
Dale C. Godby, PhD

Tips:

  • In order to enjoy an optimal online experience, please join the meeting from a quiet environment with privacy and no interruption, with minimal background noise (i.e. - no pets or children in the room, TV and other electronics shut off, etc.).
  • Please connect with both video and audio.
  • Stay focused on the group interactions (no phone calls, emails, or texting).
  • Connect from a laptop or a tablet, but not from a smartphone (unless there is no other option).
  • Please sign in 10 minutes before the group starts to check audio and video to start on time. 
  • Please start the meeting with a mute microphone and open it only when you want to talk. Mute your line when you are not speaking.  To do so, click on “Mute,” which is located on the lower left corner of the Zoom screen on most devices.

Look at Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice in the link below. Add to the list your own ideas, and of course you need not be White to do these things, but it is a good place to start. To go beyond just talking, as important as talking is, we are suggesting over the next year we try to do a number of these items each month as an exercise to promote change.

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234



“It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.”
― 
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

“The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.”
― 
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

 

Dale C. Godby, PhD is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Reflective Citizen's Conversation on Race
Time: Friday November 13  2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

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