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Police Brutality in America Teach-Out

Take Action in Your Own Context / Lesson 10 of 11

Take Care of Yourself

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Self-care is an important part of activism work and will help make sure you have the mental and emotional resources to continue the fight, long-term. 

What can you do to build resilience and care for yourself?

  • If you’re a person with lived experience of police brutality and racism, fighting against these systems may be both empowering and also extremely draining. Ask yourself: 
  • How will I know when I need to regroup and recharge?
  • Who can I rely on to help me recharge?
  • How, specifically, can I take care of myself?
  • How will I know I’m ready to move back into taking action, and what will be my first step? 
  • If you’re a person who has not experienced police brutality or racism, you may feel a range of emotions as you learn about and engage in this work. Ask yourself:
  • What can I do or tell myself to become more comfortable with feeling uncomfortable?
  • If I start to feel defensive, what might help me keep listening with an open mind?
  • If I feel myself wanting to disengage or look away, how can I hold myself accountable? 
  • Who might help me process my feelings and re-engage (ideally someone who is also new to this work)

Self-Care Resources

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