For the last few years, large numbers of our people have been out in the streets, engaging in powerful and necessary direct action, and fighting for the lives of our people. The political period we are now entering promises to require a redoubling of our eforts to organize against increasing oppression. We will need to match this fortifying energy with elevated and innovative ways of caring and showing up for each other. We will need to raise aloft a declared vision for Black freedom that is unprecedented in its scope. Healers committed to our liberation have stepped up and created spaces in our communities. They have built healing into our direct actions. Their presence and work will continue to be essential to how we sustain ourselves and how we create new ways of being along the way.
This toolkit was created to collate, condense and share the lessons we have learned in ensuring that our direct actions are centered on healing justice. This toolkit is a beta version; it will develop in real time as we continue to uncover the implications for healing justice in our organizing. We extend our gratitude to the BLM Healing Justice Working Group and all the chapter members who shared your insights, your innovations and your struggles to support our shared knowledge.