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Racism Kills, Police Violence Must End

We join in solidarity with the families and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and with protestors demanding justice and accountability for all acts of police violence, and for an end to the racist system of policing that threatens the life, health and livelihood of Black people and communities. 

Policing remains one of the principal forms of racial oppression, terror and violence inflicted on Black people in America. Policing is part of an overarching system of mass racial criminalization, in which Black people are more likely to be profiled, suspected, arrested, harassed, brutalized, incarcerated, and sentenced to death. Police brutality is among the most horrific manifestations of the deeply rooted history of racial violence in the U.S. This violence produces wide-ranging trauma, is a threat to mental and physical health and denies our humanity. 

In the middle of a coronavirus pandemic made worse by the effects of systemic racism, Black Americans are at increased risk of contracting coronavirus and have a 3.5 times higher risk of death from COVID-19 than whites. Police violence and COVID-19 racial injustices are rooted in structural racism that has shaped institutions and workplaces including law enforcement and health care. 

Racism is everywhere and it’s not surprising that we are seeing the same patterns in cities and towns across the U.S., in many places that CURE is working with partners to build capacity to undo racism in their organizations and to shift power to the communities that they serve. We spent a good part of last year in St. Paul, Minnesota facilitating racial equity conversations and our hearts hurt for our friends, colleagues and the communities directly impacted by the events of the past few days. 

While city governments are cutting funding to housing, health care, mental health and other critical social services, policing budgets are increasing. Ending police violence will take comprehensive action including community-based alternatives to policing, community oversight of law enforcement to ensure transparency and accountability, and defunding police departments and redirecting funds to support housing, jobs, health care, schools, and resources that eliminate the need for police and give our communities room to thrive.


We look forward to building with and continuing to listen and learn from organizers, colleagues and partners as we work to build a just future together. For more information and to support organizers working to end police violence:

Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org

Reclaim the Block: https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home

Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com

A World Without Police: http://aworldwithoutpolice.org

Sociologists for Justice: https://sociologistsforjustice.org

Campaign Zero: https://www.joincampaignzero.org

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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