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The Justice Project :  Anti-Racism 

Our Racial and Social Justice Pledge: RECAMFT is committed to equity including addressing structural racism and systemic injustice. We endeavor to be inclusive and value individuals from all ethnicities, ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, languages, abilities, religions, citizenship statuses, and socioeconomic backgrounds into our chapter and into treatment.

We strive to advocate, educate, collaborate, and strategize for positive racial and social justice change within our membership and our community.

Our Goal: RECAMFT's goal with this program is to elevate the awareness, sensitivity and education of our members to create a community of healers dedicated to racial and social justice. We appreciate and welcome your feedback sent to therapy@recamft.org.

Start now! Here's how it works...

The Justice Project invites RECAMFT members to dedicate yourself to our pledge and then read/watch six (6) titles on racial/social justice. Here is how the program works. 

1. In addition to the prerequisites, choose a combination of up to 1 additional video and 3-4 books to read/watch. We are providing members a list of videos and books from which to choose. 

  • "13th" video is required watching.
  • How to be an Anti-Racist is required reading. 

2. Finish reading/watching the books/videos and complete our Attestation Form to let us know. Helpful tip: Take a few notes on each title as you go. The Attestation Form has some short answer questions for each title you watched/read - very easy, and no wrong answers! 

3. All those who complete the program by the 12/31/2022 will be mailed a beautiful Certificate of Achievement for completing RECAMFT's 2022 The Justice Project: Anti-Racism. The certificate will be suitable for framing and display. 

4. There are a few opportunities for CEs related to this project. We will offer two 2 CE discussion groups on "13th" and two 2 CE groups on "How to be an Anti-Racist". Click here to find out more. 

    Bonus! Free 2022 Law & Ethics training (6 CEs) to the first 50 members who turn in their Attestation Form on or before June 15, 2022. 

    Like the theater? You may trade one book title by seeing RECAMFT member Dr. Dianna Grayer's newest play, "Release: Unearthing the Silent Rumblings", in Cotati. Dates are April 2, 3, 9, 10. More hereFlyer.


    When you are finished:  Complete our Attestation Form.

    Have you finished six (6) titles?

    Required: 

    • Watch "13th". 
    • Read How to be an Anti-Racist
    • Plus read / watch a combination of 1 additional video (if desired) from our list, and 3-4 more books. 

    Ready? Click the button to be taken to our Attestation Form to receive your certificate! 


    The Attestation Form will require you to answer 2 short questions about each of your six titles. It may take you about 30 minutes to complete. The form cannot be saved partway through, so please be ready to complete it in its entirety when you begin. These are the questions:

    • What was the most important take-away for you from this book/movie?
    • How will the information you read/watched impact you and your clients in your therapy practice?

    I AM FINISHED AND READY TO COMPLETE RECAMFT's

    ATTESTATION FORM!

    And I totally rock for doing this! 

    (yes, you do!)


    CLICK HERE


    Join us for a discussion group on "13th" and "How to be an Anti-Racist"

    and earn 2 CEs each!


    Have you watched "13th" and read How to be an Anti-Racist? We will be offering FREE (to members) Zoom discussion groups, each worth 2 CEs on these two titles. 

    "13th" Discussion Group

    • Offered twice
    • 2 CEs / session
    • Zoom discussion group, members only, not recorded
    • Fri. 4/22, 10 am to 12 pm will be led by Dr. Shawan Worsley, PhD, LMFT. Register here
    • Fri. 5/20 Peer-led group. Register here

    How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Discussion Group

      • Offered twice
      • 2 CEs / session
      • Zoom discussion group, members only, not recorded
      • Sat. 5/21, 10 am to 12 pm will be led by Dr. Shawan Worsley, PhD, LMFT. Register here
      • Fri. 6/11 Peer-led group. Register here. 

      About our speaker Dr. Shawan Worsley, PhD, LMFT

      Shawan Worsley (she/her) is the Founder and Executive Director at Culture Ally.  Dr. Worsley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  She holds a PhD in American Studies, an MA in Counseling Psychology, and BAs in African American Studies and International Relations.  In her former role as an Assistant Professor, she taught college courses, conducted scholarly research, presented her work at conferences throughout the country, and published an academic book with Routledge Press.  As a therapist, Dr. Worsley has worked extensively in communities of color, providing therapy and case management to adults and children in virtually every clinical setting. In addition, she has created and delivered culturally responsive clinical training and consultation to therapists throughout the country. Dr. Worsley’s vocational goal is to help eradicate mental health disparities that impair the health and well-being of communities of color as she continues to provide therapy services through her private practice in Northern California. More...

      About our Peer-led Group Speakers - from RECAMFT's Racial & Social Justice Committee

      Linda BlockLinda Block, LMFT is the Co-Chair of the Racial and Social Justice Committee. More....

      Katharina KienböeckKatharina Kienböeck, LMFT is a Co-Chair of the Racial and Social Justice Committee. More....

      Emily LarkinEmily Larkin, LMFT is a founding member of the Racial and Social Justice Committee, and is currently serving as a Director at Large on the RECAMFT Board. More...


      Please watch "13th".

      You may watch either of the next two videos to count as one of your 6 titles if you wish. 


      1. First watch "13th" on either YouTube or Netflix. This is the only required video. The address is: https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8

      2. Consider watching "Healing Racialized Trauma: A Conversation with Resmaa Menakem and Tara Brach". He is a fellow therapist, and this video includes a very powerful experiential exercise. Trigger warning. 

      https://youtu.be/UQRkJecRBmw

      3. Consider watching or listening to this interview of Dr. KennethKenneth Hardy Hardy, starting at 45 minutes into the program. Here's the link to Dr. Hardy's talk. Image of Dr. Hardy found here 

      Print out this handout beforehand to enhance your learning. 

      https://vimeo.com/427600351?ref=em-v-share


      Here are some great book titles approved to complete your Justice Project readings.

      Each of these titles has a link to the book (title), a link to the author (name), and a video or other link (picture of the book).   

      This is the approved book list for The Justice Project.  All books have been linked to The Collective Oakland, a Black-owned bookstore.  

      Antiracism

      How to Be an Anti-Racist 

      by Ibram Kendi

      A college professor, Ibram describes his journey along with enlightening history. #1 NY Times best seller. 

      So You Want to Talk About Race book coverSo You Want to Talk About Race

      by Ijeoma Oluo

      #1 NY Times Bestseller. Author discusses multiple issues of white supremacy, and Black Lives Matter. Free on Audible.   

      My Grandmother’s Hands

      by Resmaa Menakem

      Minneapolis psychotherapist teaches Cultural Somatics, how trauma manifests at a cellular level. NY Times best seller. 

      White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide

      by Carol Anderson

      #1 NY Times Bestseller, winner of multiple awards. Book links to YouTube audiobook. 

      Me and White Supremacy

      by Layla Saad

      British, Arab, Muslim author's 28 day challenge to help readers understand systemic racism. NY Times Bestseller. 

      Black/Slavery

      Caste: The Origins of our Discontents book cover

      Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

      by Isabel Wilkerson

      #1 NY Times bestseller. Author links caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany. 

      Between the World and Me

      by Ta-Nehisi Coates

      Toni Morrison says this book is the best book on the subject of race (the NY Observer). #1 NY Times bestseller. 

      On Juneteenth

      by Annette Gordon-Reed

      Harvard law professor's Texas recollections. Ranked as one of the "Ten Best Books of 2021" - NY Times.

      Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome book coverPost Traumatic Slave Syndrome

      by Joy DeGruy

      Social worker, researcher Dr. DeGruy put forth a theory to explain survival behaviors in Black people. Multiple awards.  

      A Black Women's History of the United States

      by DR Berry & KN Gross

      2021 NAACP Award - Outstanding Literary Work, and other awards.  

      The New Jim Crow

      by Michelle Alexander

      Considered one of the most influential books in the last 20 years, author examines mass incarceration. 

      Medical Apartheid

      by Harriet Washington

      Multiple award winning author covers shocking lack of medical and psychological care for black people. 

      Fearing the Black Body book coverFearing the Black Body

      by Sabrina Strings

      Multiple sociology awards. Author argues fat phobia stems from racist, classist and anti-feminist viewpoints.

      The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks book coverThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

      by Rebecca Skloot

      HBO movie starring Oprah. Ms. Lacks cells were used without consent leading to breakthroughs.

      The 1619 Project

      by N. Hannah-Jones et al.

      Pulitzer Prize winning author for NY Times reframes US history from the POV in 1619 the first slaves arrived building the US. 

      The Color of Law book coverThe Color of Law

      by Richard Rothstein

      Author exposes how the American government has engineered segregation. Multiple awards.   

      "They Can't Kill Us All"

      by Wesley Lowery

      An award winning reporter for 60 Minutes, CBS, GQ, Wes Lowery uses interviews to examine his topics. 

      Long Time Coming book coverLong Time Coming

      by Michael Eric Dyson

      NY Times bestselling author examines how the summer of 2020 brought about the biggest racial protests ever. 

      The Yellow House book cover

      The Yellow House

      by Sarah Broom

      Journalist author tells the story of her grandmother's shotgun house in New Orleans. Multiple awards. NYT Bestseller.

      Creative writing/essays/poetry by Black authors

      Heavy book coverHeavy: An American Memoir

      by Kiese Laymon

      Best Book of the Year 2018 - New York Times and Audible. Personal essays about growing up in Mississippi.  

      Citizen: An American Lyric

      by Claudia Rankine

      Award winning poet weaves poetry, images and racial microaggressions. 2015 NY Times Bestseller. 

      Breathe book coverBreathe: A Letter to my Sons

      by Imani Perry

      Princeton professor writes a letter to her two sons, rich in prose, with stories of her ancestors. Multiple awards.    

      The Fire Next Time

      by James Baldwin

      This 1963 classic text gave touched off the civil rights movement in America. Listen to it on YouTube - free

      Sister Outsider book cover

      Sister Outsider

      by Audre Lorde

      A collection of 15 essays and speeches which take on all the  -isms. A classic seminal work by Lorde.     

      The Fire This Time

      by Jesmyn Ward

      Essays, poems by Tulane U. creative writing professor examine race since James Baldwin's 1963 classic text. 

      Latinx

      Inventing Latinos

      by Laura Gómez

      How Latinx became a constructed "race" written by a professor and expert in race, law, and society. 

      An African American and Latinx History of the United States

      by Paul Ortiz

      Author uses key source materials to tell history from the point of view of BIPOC.  

      The Undocumented Americans

      by Karla Villavicencio

      National Book Award finalist. Author is one of the first undocumented persons to graduate from Harvard.  

      Indigenous

      The Other Slavery book cover.The Other Slavery

      by Andrés Reséndez

      Makes a case that mass slavery of indigenous people, rather than illnesses decimated them. Multiple awards. 

      An Indigenoun People's Hiistory of the US book cover.An Indigenous People's History of the United States

      by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

      Human Rights Campaign recommends this as a must-read for Thanksgiving. 

      Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

      by Dee Brown

      I970 classic text has been made into a movie. Click the book image to be taken to the YouTube movie rental link.   

      Asian

      They Called Us Enemy book coverThey Called Us Enemy

      by George Takei

      NY Times Bestseller about the author's time in a Japanese internment camp in WWII. Graphic novel. 

      Fairest book cover by Meredith TalusanFairest

      by Meredith Talusan

      Oprah acclaimed memoir of the author's journey with albinism, transition, migrating from the Philippines, graduating Harvard.

      We Too Sing America book coverWe Too Sing America

      by Deepa Iyer

      The story of South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh immigrants in a post 9-11 America, facing overt racism and hate crimes.

      Minor Feelings book cover

      Minor Feelings

      by Cathy Park Hong

      Korean-American author has been named one of Time's 100 most influential people of the year. Multiple Awards. 

      Beautiful Country

      by Qian Julie Wang

      President Obama - one of his 2021 favorite books. Story of family's move to NYC from China. NY Tmes Notable. 

      Yellow book coverYellow

      by Frank Wu

      Author addresses the myth of the "model minority" and how it hurts Asian Americans. NYT Bestseller.

      America for Americans

      by Erika Lee

      Author explores America's xenophobia, inc. her experience as a 2nd generation Chinese American. Multiple awards.   

      Bestiary book coverBestiary

      by K-Ming Chang

      A novel of 3 generations migration from Taiwan, queer lineage. Oprah-Best book of year, NYT Editors Choice. 

      The Making of Asian America book coverThe Making of Asian America

      by Erika Lee

      Named on of 2015's best non-fiction books of the year by NY Times and Kirkus Reviews. Multiple awards. 

      Anti-Semitism

      People Love Dead Jews book coverPeople Love Dead Jews

      by Dara Horn

      Multiple awards, author reflects when her children report swastikas drawn on their desks on dead Jews in writing. 

      Jews Don't Count book coverJews Don't Count

      by David Baddiel

      British comedian contends Jews haven't been considered as part of the racism that occurs throughout Europe and the US.

      How to Fight Anti-Semitism

      by Bari Weiss

      Although a small percent of the population, over half the hate crimes in America are directed at Jews. NY Times author; awards.

      LGBTQ+ intersectionality

      Queer Jihad book coverQueer Jihad

      by Afdhere Jama

      Born in Somalia, now a film maker in SF, Jama examines LGBTQ and the struggles of the intersection with Muslim faith.

      The Last One

      by Fatima Daas

      Author is a young Muslim lesbian growing up in a tough neighborhood in Paris. Multiple awards.   

      Black on Both Sides book coverBlack on Both Sides

      by C. Riley Snorton

      Multiple awards. Author explores the intersection of blackness and transness both historically and in today's society.

      Queer (In)Justice book coverQueer (In)Justice

      by Joey Mogul, et al.

      Authors examine queer criminal archetypes and demonstrate policing of sex and gender further engrains inequalities.   

      You Exist Too Much

      by Zaina Arafat

      A Palestian-American lesbian girl struggles between worlds as she grows. Oprah named one of the best books of the year.   


      Not sure where to start? Here are our suggestions. 

      1. Watch "13th" (1 hr 40 min).

      2. Watch one of the other suggested videos above (either is about an hour). 

      3. Listen to How to be an Anti-Racist on your commute, or while exercising.  It's 9 hrs 45 minutes on Audible. If you listen 30 minutes a day, you'll be done in about 3 weeks. 

      4. Read or listen to My Grandmother's Hands. The author is a therapist.  This book has exercises, so you may enjoy having a physical copy.  It is 10 hrs on Audible. 

      5.  Read or listen to Between the World and Me (3 hrs on Audible). 

      6. Read or listen to The Fire Next Time available on YouTube as a free audiobook (2.5 hrs). 

      Now you're ready to attest! 



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