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Workit Health Stands in Solidarity Against Racism

We are deeply disheartened by the continued active oppression of the black community. As leaders in the addiction recovery space, it is our job as a team to lift up the voices of the black community, specifically the black recovery community, in these times. Most recently, we’ve been listening hard to posts like this one from Ariel Britt, a leader in the Collegiate Recovery Community. It cannot continue to take active murder and the voices and labor of the black community to increase our collective awareness of racial injustices. Racism should not be polarizing; it’s not a difference of opinion and we cannot and will not be a company that is unwilling to express support and create spaces for all voices.

That said, we’ve heard that the Workit team is feeling overwhelmed, appalled, frustrated and saddened, which can make knowing what to do extremely difficult. We encourage you all to focus on what is within your sphere of influence. For our black team members, know that the Workit team is here for you to listen and act accordingly – specifically your supervisor and Kristy in HR. If we have not done enough, we take responsibility and are proactively working to create a company that is welcoming of everyone. If you are a writer, consider working with Kali (kali@workithealth.com) to see if the Workit Blog or social could be your next platform.

For our allies, educate yourself and your loved ones. Seek to understand, not to be understood. Use the resources linked below to better understand actionable steps you can do with or without a budget. As Founders, we commit to going deeper than optical allyship, checking in our black colleagues, reading up on antiracist works (join the #Workitbookclub channel on slack to follow along), keep supporting after the outrage, and creating a long-term strategy to affect change in our field in partnership with team leads.

For everyone, above all communicate when you need space. We cannot provide the world’s best addiction recovery care if our team is not set up to be the best version of themselves.

The resources linked below are not all-inclusive and are perhaps overwhelmingly abundant. If you have any you’d like to add to our list, please email kali@workithealth.com.

We urge you to please take time to read through these resources or others as it is imperative to educate ourselves in order to dismantle racist structures.

Together, onward,
Lisa and Robin
Co-Founders and Co-CEO’s of Workit Health

Race in Addiction Care and Recovery

  1. Access to Addiction Care Varies by Race
  2. To Address Addiction, Confront Racism in Our Health and Justice Systems
  3. Race and the Drug War

BLM organizations, partners, & more

  1. Black Lives Matter (national)
  2. Color of Change
  3. The Movement for Black Lives
  4. Black Visions Collective

Bail Funds + Legal

  1. Minnesota Freedom Fund
  2. Statement from the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund
  3. The Bail Project
  4. National Bail Fund Network directory
  5. NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.
  6. Reclaim the Block
  7. Campaign Zero

Mental Health resources

  1. Project LETS
  2. Become a Leader in the Mental Health Movement

Opportunities for activism

  1. 75 Things to Combat Racial Injustice
  2. Boycott Companies that use prison labor
  3. 11 Things You Can Do To Help Black Lives Matter End Police Violence
  4. Anti-racism resources – focused on white allies

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