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A Victory in the Fight for Racial Justice

Biden-Harris Administration Must Meet Demands Behind the Votes

Change was on the ballot and the people have spoken. CURE unapologetically celebrates the defeat of Donald Trump as an important victory in the fight for racial justice and the movement for Black Lives. We celebrate the tireless work of grassroots organizers and organizations that created a path for this victory by mobilizing a historic turnout of Black and brown voters. We congratulate Senator Kamala Harris–the first Black and South Asian woman to be elected vice president on her barrier-breaking accomplishment. And we lift up the vision and labor of love of Black women’s leadership and organizing on the ground in cities like Philly, Detroit and Atlanta, where the votes of Black voters were critical in delivering a victory in key states for the Democratic Party.

As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris begin planning their transition into office, the reasons why so many Black voters endured long lines and other voter suppression tactics to usher in a new presidential administration can’t be lost or ignored.

“For many of us the election was about repudiating white supremacy and saving this country from the racism that is eating America at its core,” said Dr. Judy Lubin, president of CURE. “Black people organized and voted to point this country in the direction toward the healing, justice and systemic change we need to move us closer to a country where we can truly be healthy, safe and free.”

Under Trump we endured open support of white supremacy and police violence. Naked voter suppression, dismantling of anti-discriminatory housing policies and the intentional mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the deaths of over 230,000 people and  avoidable suffering and economic despair in Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities.

The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris offers an opportunity to begin to address the long list of harms by Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s embrace of Trumpism. That the election was decided on such slim margins despite the injustices of the past few years is a reminder that the just future that we know is possible will not be won without struggle.

Now the work begins to hold the Biden-Harris administration accountable for responding to the demands behind the votes. When CURE launched our 2020 Racial Justice Presidential Scorecard during the Democratic Primaries, we anticipated this moment. We critically scored the candidates on their policy proposals to push them to do better for our communities because the work of building a country that works for all of us will continue no matter who is in office.

We urge the Biden-Harris administration to listen to the demands behind the votes by aligning their agenda and plan for the first 100 days with calls from communities to address COVID-19 racial health and economic inequities, divest from incarceration and policing, and advance policy strategies that allocate resources at the scale necessary to meet the challenge of dismantling systemic racism.

Judy Lubin

Dr. Judy is an applied sociologist, racial equity changemaker, yoga and mindfulness practitioner, author, auntie, bestie and beach lover. Judy’s elemental nature is water, and with her she brings calming, reflective energy to hold space for deep listening, inner work and transformative dialogue. 

The curator of the Embodied Justice program, she hosts the accompanying podcast and co-facilitates events and dialogues focused on the collective healing and sustainability of Black changemakers.

At CURE, Dr. Judy has built transformative racial equity frameworks and change management processes that have impacted thousands of lives. She began her career focused on health disparities, recognizing that stress from societal racism can become embodied and manifested through “weathering” that prematurely ages the body and shortens the lifespan of racially marginalized communities. 

She is unapologetically committed to centering Black people and the communities that have inspired her life’s work. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she grew up in South Florida surrounded by music, her grandmother’s herbal garden, and the struggle to make it in a country that saw her family as outsiders. 

In 2022, after experiencing multiple health emergencies coupled with burnout from the intensity of the “racial reckoning” that increased demand for CURE’s racial equity services, Judy began a process of listening to the wisdom of her body, healing old trauma wounds, and reclaiming rest and her love of mind-body healing. During this time she explored somatics, indigenous and and ancestral healing practices and earned certifications in multiple healing modalities including yoga and energy medicine.

Emerging from a place of rest and listening to what her soul wanted to share, she now weaves mindfulness, body-awareness and spiritual activism to support changemakers and organizations to regenerate their leadership and give to the world from a place of ease and wholeness. 

Long committed to promoting women’s health and wellness, she is the author of The Heart of Living Well: Six Principles for a Life of Health, Beauty and Balance.

Find Judy on instagram or linkedin at @drjudylubin, where she (occasionally) shares posts celebrating Black joy, healing and well-being.

Shawn J. Moore

Residing at the intersection of leadership and mindfulness, Shawn creates sacred spaces for stillness and self-inquiry to help social impact leaders align their strengths, intention, and impact. Through his integrative approach, he holds transformative containers for self-renewal, personal discovery, and capacity-building that ease clients on their journey towards peace, clarity, and freedom.

Shawn is committed to empower changemakers to become embodied leaders – unified in mind, body, and heart – with the tools to mindfully pause, reconnect to their inner knowing, make strengths-driven decisions, and lead the change they believe the world needs.  

Reckoning with his own contemplation of burnout, purpose, and alignment, Shawn transitioned out of his role as Associate Dean of Student Life & Leadership at Morehouse College in the fall of 2021 to focus more on mindfulness and stillness-based training programs and workshops. 

While leadership resonates with him deeply, it is his personal and spiritual practices that allows him to continue to show up for himself and others. He is a yoga teacher (E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®), sound and reiki practitioner, meditation teacher, Yoga Nidra facilitator, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, all focused through a Buddhist lens and 17 years of personal practice. He has contributed workshops, practices, and educational opportunities for celebrities like Questlove and Dyllón Burnside, and various yoga studios and colleges, Yoga International, Omstars, Melanin Moves Project, the Human Rights Campaign, Spotify and Lululemon. He currently serves as the Facilitation and Community Manager for BEAM (Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective).

Shawn hosts a podcast called The Mindful Rebel® Podcast that creates a platform to continually explore this unique intersection of leadership and mindfulness. Find him on instagram @shawnj_moore 

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