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Voting to Bring In Justice

This month we celebrated the birthday of Fannie Lou Hamer– civil rights champion, food justice advocate and founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Hamer’s words speak powerfully about 2020 and the choice we face on Election Day. We have seen so much injustice the last few years and our charge is to do what’s right to bring in justice so that Black people can be safe, healthy and free.

“To support whatever is right, and to bring in justice where we’ve had so much injustice.”
– Fannie Lou Hamer

COVID-19 health inequities have hit Black communities hard, with Black workers making up a significant proportion of the essential workforce that is keeping the economy going at a time when those of us who enjoy social and economic advantages are able to stay home to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. Racism hasn’t stopped during the pandemic and recent police murders like those of Breonna Taylor have brought thousands out on the streets again to call for an end to state sanctioned and vigilante violence against Black people. Out of the protests we’re seeing the movement for Black lives reflected in racial equity trainings and organizational change processes launching in workplaces, organizations and institutions. In response to federal agencies recognizing the need to dismantle racism within their own ranks, President Trump issued The Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, a order that prohibits using federal funds to administer racial equity training at federal agencies and in public schools. With this order, the administration seeks to undermine the important anti-racist work that this moment calls on each of us do.

Our vote is one of many critical ways we can work to bend the arc of history toward justice. With voter suppression activities increasing as November 3rd approaches, we are sharing a few voter resources to share and help get out the vote. A list of voter registration deadlines from Vote.org can be found  here. For voter protection information, go to 866ourvote.org or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

For more information on voting registration, voter protection, and general election information, please visit these sites below: 

Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law: www.lawyerscommittee.org
Common Cause: www.commoncause.org
NAACP: www.naacp.org/vote
National Conference of State Legislatures: www.ncsl.org
Color of Change: www.coc.turbovote.org
M4BL: www.m4bl.org/policy-platforms/free-the-vote
Black Lives Matter: www.blacklivesmatter.com/what-matters-2020

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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