Message to the AAP Peer Learning Unit Community about recent events

Dear AAP Peer Learning Unit Community:

As we continue to deal with the challenges of global health pandemic CoVID-19, we are heartbroken as we watched the news about the killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, etc. #blacklivesmatter #saytheirnames These murders shed light on the systemic racism, disparities and inequalities that continue to harm generations of marginalized communities. No one should live with the fear and perpetual injustice faced daily by People of color across the United States and around the world.  We are in support of all of our students, staff, faculty and community members, in particular, the African Americans who are witnessing another tragic death of an unarmed Black person at the hands of those who have sworn to protect and serve. We wish we had answers for and solutions to why some people act with such malice, hate, and carelessness. We have hope that there will be some measure of justice, but we are left with the hollow realization that full justice for these senseless acts continues to elude us. While not nearly enough, we must take time to reflect on how we can work together to eliminate these systemic disparities  and achieve justice, equity and equality for a better future.

 

Second, during our Peer Learning Unit End of the Year Meeting on Wednesday June 3, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:00pm via Zoom (https://ucla.zoom.us/j/95208037247 ), we will use the first half of our meeting to facilitate a safe and supportive healing space for individuals to reflect and process various critical events impacting our lives. Please RSVP letting us know whether or not you can attend this event by Tuesday June 2, 2020 no later than 11:59pm at: https://forms.gle/9YpNXfEXZmJ4Aibs7

 

Third, here are some resources from a few organizations on  and off campus ( sent by your PLF colleague Byron Corado Perez and AAP Administration) to support you all during these times. We will be sharing more resources as we receive them:

  1. Some of us may have family members with different viewpoints so here is a way to open up the conversation with family members [English]:
    https://lettersforblacklives.com/dear-mom-dad-uncle-auntie-black-lives-matter-to-us-too-7ca577d59f4c

    1. Translations of the letter for non-english speaking households:
      https://lettersforblacklives.com/tagged/translation
  2. UCLA’s Community Service Commission created a Resource Guide for those who want to take action regarding these issues: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XOA546OnemSPIacz45nIEq8bRGnHWDneIOgu3VFjL8E/edit
  3. Unión Centroamericana, UNICA, de UCLA created a Resources Guide for those who want to take action regarding these issues: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19876cP_54WXSUYjwOssDDUKLQ6eQum52wqE7bXrWIrk/edit?usp=sharing
  4. UCLA’s Bruin Shelter created a Relevant Links and Resources Guide for those who want to take action or are seeking for mental health resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M6Rgb2WQoNS1UurW5bTLqdlZMjMJtIcRGJ69qebHEtw/edit?pli=1
  5. Unconscious Bias Education and Training
  6. Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work
  7. We are Living in a Racist Pandemic
  8. Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay – Chances Are They’re Not
  9. Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma

Also here is a tweet  which may be a good clarification or push for you all to realize we don’t all have to help in the same capacity.

Thank you all for your time, support and contributions to AAP and the UCLA community.

In solidarity,

AAP Peer Learning Unit Administrative Team

Ifeoma Amah, Emmanuel Owaka, Bianca Muonekwu, Axel Hernandez  and Cindy Escobedo