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Stand with Black Lives Matter

Dear Friends,

While my heart is breaking over the recent killing of George Floyd and all those who have come before him, I have also been lifted up seeing the response of so many Americans and people around the world standing up for justice. At long last, we are standing together ~ people of all colors, races, and backgrounds ~ in solidarity saying enough is enough, no more. Truth is being revealed and people are being held accountable. Our hearts go out to George Floyd and his family and all of those who are affected by the injustices of racism.

I wanted to share this uplifting message that was sent to me from Jerri Johnson, president of National Health Freedom Coalition, after she returned from the area in Minneapolis where George Floyd was murdered.

“I had the opportunity to spend time in the area of Chicago Ave. and 38th Street that has been turned into a memorial for George Floyd. The intersection has been barricaded for blocks around so there is no traffic. Hundreds of people stood around the circular array of flowers that filled the intersection. More stood around the beautiful mural depicting George Floyd and the names of many of black victims of police violence.

The mood alternated: sometimes there was upbeat music playing. Sometimes people led chants for justice. Other times it was quiet and meditative. People stood with arms around each other. Talking quietly.

Everywhere there was free food. Kiosks and grills and people cooking hamburgers and hot dogs and tacos and giving it away free. No signs saying “This food donated by…..”. Mountains of boxes of fresh produce that came from – who knows donated it? A corner store turned into an operations center and food shelf. People lined up to enter the large room, pick up paper bags and pick out what they needed for groceries. A person came by and said to a volunteer, “I have twelve cases of bottled water. Where should I put it?”

Volunteers everywhere stepping up to sort donations, direct traffic, answer questions, make announcements over a PA system. Volunteers: Native American, Latino, African American, and white all working together.

I brought with me homeopathic remedies: Arnica for injuries, Aconite for trauma, remedies for pain from tear gas. I brought quantities of Rescue Remedy. I asked around if there was a first aid station where I might volunteer to help, and was directed to a big school bus that had been donated, painted white, with red crosses on it. The seats had been removed and cots put in along with medical supplies.

I described what I had to offer and was directed to a Native American elder. I showed him information on Rescue Remedy. He read out loud the words that said, “Rescue Remedy is a combination of flower essences that is used in emergency situations to stabilize during effects of emotional trauma. It eases fear and restores one’s state of calm and confidence. He said, “We should put this in everybody’s water! Look, I’ve got all these five-gallon water jugs. We could get a table, put a sign on that tells them this water has Rescue Remedy in it and they can help themselves.”

This was the eighth day after George Floyd’s death, and the people in the first aid bus were talking about putting better flooring in the truck. This is no three-day protest: it is a community gathering site that is increasingly organized. Everywhere there was love and generosity and compassion being expressed. It was good for my soul to be there.”

Jerri Johnson

President, National Health Freedom Coalition

Photos of the area sent by Daniel Peterson.

Photos of the area sent by Daniel Peterson.

While I’m at home caring for my 96-year-old mother at this time and not able to be on the streets marching, my heart is with the protestors and I am supporting them in whatever ways I can from ‘home base.’ For each of us to stand up to take action in whatever ways we can; whether by attending rallies and marches, donating to just causes, educating ourselves on matters of racism and racial injustice, or contributing herbal medicine and health care services where needed. We are taking a stand to help create a safer and more just world for everyone where the concept of peace and equality for all is no longer a concept, but a reality.

There really is no lack of ‘direct actions’ so search your heart, ask friends, turn to reliable resources on the internet for direction. Standing together we can be the change we wish to see.

With love and hope always,

Rosemary Gladstar

Not sure what I could do to be of direct assistance and help, I turned to others for direction. Here’s a partial list of direct actions we can take. For your sake and the sake of others, if you should join a rally be sure to ‘take action’ to boost your immune system, wear a mask and be respectful of others who are attempting to ‘social distance’ in these very challenging times.

White privilege doesn’t mean that your life isn’t hard, it means your skin color isn’t making it harder

Xusana Davis

Vermont’s Racial Equity Director

Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest.

Ella Baker

as quoted by Bernice Johnson Reagon in Ella’s Song

The List of Actions We’re Starting With…

We also want to amplify Black voices.

We’ve begun to compile a directory of Black herbalists which we will share in this space very soon. We encourage you to follow them and support their businesses wherever possible.

We’d love to hear your recommendations for this list. Please send info to helen@rosemarygladstar.com.

White privilege doesn’t mean that your life isn’t hard, it means your skin color isn’t making it harder

Xusana Davis

Vermont’s Racial Equity Director

Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest.

Ella Baker

as quoted by Bernice Johnson Reagon in Ella’s Song

Whenever I’m in doubt or not sure where to turn or what to do, these words of Clarissa Pinkola Estés come to heart.

“My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times…In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Author of Women Who Run with the Wolves