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Systemic Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

As acupuncturists, it is our job to uncover the “root” cause of illness and imbalance. To do this we must acknowledge the institutional, cultural, environmental, spiritual, and personal root causes that cause harm to individuals and entire communities.

We stand in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with all communities who experience institutionalized oppression. We recognize that systemic racism and structural violence are public health crises that need to be addressed with community-led solutions immediately. We see you, we hear you, and we are listening.

As a predominately white organization, we commit to doing the necessary work to unlearn and combat white supremacy culture in our non-profit, cooperative structure and systems, as well as with our volunteers and staff. It is not enough to not be racist. BAC must commit to being actively anti-racist if we wish to fulfill our purpose of creating a safe space where everyone in our community can come as they are and feel empowered to heal.

We encourage our community to reflect, learn about, and take action to dismantle the systems of oppression that exist in our external lives as well as in our internal selves. We are committed to do this in our effort to make BAC as safe as possible for everyone. We invite the feedback of those who experience marginalization to keep us accountable to this work.

Local organizations to donate funds to:

Anti-racism resources for our white and white-passing community:

Anti-racism resources for our non-Black people of color community:

Resources for our acupuncture community (a big thank you to Dr. Tenisha Dandridge L.Ac. for her work and dedication - you can support her work here):

Anti-racism resources for workplaces:

Anti-racism resources for teachers and parents:


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