Rising to the Challenge of our Declaration of Independence and Centering Families over Systems

by Corey Best

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The PMI 3-2-1 newsletter shares three ideas, two quotes, and one question to ponder. This issue focuses on the disproportionate harm caused to families of color by the child protection system and challenges all of
us to recognize and reduce trauma and build new versions of community conditions and institutions. We thank Corey Best, Founder and Community Curator of Mining for Gold, for editing this summer 2023 issue. FRIENDS and our PMI partners rotate editing each edition. The format, 3-2-1, is based on James Clear’s newsletter that shares ideas related to developing effective habits, drawing from his book, Atomic Habits. Freedom and independence are celebrated on the 4th of July. While many recognize this tradition
collectively, we have not held the truths of the Declaration to be self evident. ALL bodies may have been created equally, however, the treatment of the most minoritized and marginalized remains eerily familiar
to the days of yore. For countless Black families, the severity of exposure to child protective services (CPS) means a life filled with prolonged and exacerbated racialized trauma. This destruction has been researched, challenged, debated far too long. No one is “sleep.” The greatest fear is that we, in “prevention,” may be timid about building anew. We have hope for those…

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