Dear friends, students, neighbors near and far,
Devanadi is committed to being a welcoming and supportive environment to learn, grow and shine for all seekers through the mind-body practices of yoga, meditation, self care and healing arts.
As a yoga and wellness school, and as a sangha/community, we have taken the following steps below. We hope that you will join us in whatever ways you are able to. We also understand that this is just the beginning.
- Our fundraisers and company have donated to the Cities Care Collective, Women for Political Change, We Love Lakestreet, MIGIZI, and the George Floyd Memorial Fund. Attend our upcoming Donation Classes/Fundraisers and you can help out, too!
- We attend and support local events and peaceful protests in our area, as well as collect and drop off supplies and food at various distribution sites.
- We are actively continuing ways to help Devanadi feel like a truly inclusive environment and further prioritize diversity in our learning environments, including generating a UNITY Scholarship fund for BIPOC and other under-represented communities in our training environments and other Devanadi Events (email us for application OR if you’d like to contribute to the fund).
Contact us as we are open to your suggestions as this is just a partial list, and we welcome your support.
Organizations to Support
- Black Lives Matter
- NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Color of Change
- The Bail Project
- Reclaim the Block
- The Movement for Black Lives
- Bending Towards Justice
- Off the Mat, Into the World
Teachers to Follow
- Michelle Johnson (@SkillInAction)
- Faith Hunter (@spirituallyfly)
- Dianne Bondy (@DianneBondyYogaOfficial)
- Janessa Mondestin (@janessamondestin)
- Nicole Cardoza (@nicolecardoza)
- Davina Davidson (@yogawithdavina)
- Rocky Heron (@rockyheron)
- Susanna Barataki (@susannabarkataki)
- Yoli Maya Yeh (@yoliyogini)
- Tracee Stanley (@tracee_stanley)
- Yoga & Social Justice Webinar
- Wellness For All – A Journey Towards a More Inclusive Yoga Industry
- 8 Signs Your Yoga Practice Is Culturally Appropriated – And Why It Matters
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
- Food for Thought: Privilege and the Seat of the Teacher
- Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait
- Digging Deep: Thinking About Privilege
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
- 11 Common Ways White Folks Avoid Taking Responsibility for Racism in the US
- What Privilege Really Means (And Doesn’t Mean) – To Clear Up Your Doubts Once and For All
- Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person
- 28 Common Racist Attitudes and Behaviors
- On Racism and White Privilege from Teaching Tolerance: A Project of Southern Poverty Law Center
Is My Yoga Cultural Appropriation?
- Exploring Yoga and the Impacts of Cultural Appropriation
- What’s the Difference Between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation?
- On Cultural Appropriation of Yoga
Books & Films
- Race: the Power of an Illusion (PBS series)
- The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
- Radical Dharma by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens , Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D.
- My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts by Resmaa Menakem
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Witnessing Whiteness and Living in the Tension by Shelly Tochluk
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- What Writers of Color Say We Should Read Now – Star Tribune article
- Books White People Need to Read – Goodreads List
- Witnessing Whiteness and Living in the Tension by Shelly Tochluk
- Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
- Skill in Action by Michelle Johnson
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Beyond Inclusion Beyond Empowerment by Leticia Nieto
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Citizen by Claudia Rankine
- 13th – documentary about the 13th Amendment by Ava DuVernay
- When They See Us – documentary about the black men accused as the “Central Park Five” by Ava DuVernay
- I Am Not Your Negro
- American Son
- George Floyd Memorial Fund – the official GoFundMe to support the Floyd family, this fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist the Floyd family in the days to come as they continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.
- Minnesota Freedom Fund – (CAPPED June 2 – their website announced on June 2 to please donate to other local nonprofits – many listed below – while they streamline their efforts). Community-based nonprofit that pays criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality.
- Reclaim The Block – Coalition that advocates for and invests in community-led safety initiatives in Minneapolis neighborhoods.
- Campaign Zero – Online platform and organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.
- Pimento Relief Fund – Providing black-owned businesses without insurance relief from damages done.
- Little Earth Residents Association – Food and safety for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.
- West Broadway Business and Area Coalition – To support Northside businesses that have been impacted.
- Lake Street Council – Direct support to small business and nonprofits to rebuild and reopen.
- Al Maa’uun – Providing critical needs in George Floyd’s neighborhood and across Minneapolis.
- TC Care Collective – South Minneapolis-based easy access childcare by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and queer organizers and families.
- Hamline Midway Coalition – An initiative of Neighbors United Funding Collaborative serving Midway and Union park small businesses in need.
- Minnesota Healing Justice Network – “We provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).”
- Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization – Community driven organization for those who live and work in the Central neighborhood
- Headwaters Foundation – Amplify the power of power of community
- African Career, Education, and Resource (ACER) – A nonprofit organization that engages African immigrants living in the north and northwest suburbs of Minneapolis.
- Black Immigrant Collective – The Black Immigrant Collective amplifies and makes visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota.
- Black Women Speak – Gathering Black Women in Minnesota to share our experiences in order to heal, find joy and move toward liberation on our own terms!
- Black Visions Collective – A black, trans and queer-led organization that is committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence, and shifting the public narrative to create transformative, long-term change.
- Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha – CTUL is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities.
- Cities Care Collective – South-Minneapolis based rad worker-owned childcare co-op working to provide easy access childcare by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and queer organizers and families.
- Division of Indian Work – Division of Indian Work’s mission is to support and strengthen urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development. We provide many services to the community but the most relevant one right now is our food shelf.
- Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund – Du Nord Craft Spirits is a Black-owned distillery with a building that was damaged. They’ve “received a tidal wave of love and support from across the nation and many have asked how they can help… Therefore, Du Nord is establishing this fund to support black and brown companies affected by the riots.”
- Isuroon – Isuroon is a grassroots nonprofit organization working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond.
- Joyce Preschool – emergency fund for families who had to evacuate their homes near Lake Street last week, and who are now coming back to a devastated neighborhood with no grocery stores within walking distance.
- Latino Community on Lake Street – fundraiser for Latinx owned businesses on Lake Street.
- Migizi Communications – MIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding after fire.
- Minnesota Healing Justice Network – We provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).
- Northside business support – support businesses on Minneapolis’s Northside that have been impacted by recent demonstrations.
- Spiral Collective – A volunteer full-spectrum reproductive options and support group comprised of doulas, birth-workers, and passionate reproductive justice advocates. based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, occupied Dakhóta territories.
- West Broadway Business and Area Coalition – WBC in partnership with Northside Funders Group will direct all donations to support Northside businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the recent uprising.
- Women for Political Change – Holistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.
- Unicorn Riot – A decentralized media organization that has been live-streaming uprisings
Donation and Distribution Sites
- Interactive map of sites in the Twin Cities taking donations and providing aid – find a location near you where you can donate or where you can receive assistance
- Minneapolis Public Schools: Food for Children During Closure – Weekly food boxes are available for pickup Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday Food Distribution at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church – 6/5, 6/12, 6/19 at 10 a.m.; pre-packaged food boxes to our neighbors in need, no questions asked. The boxes are meant to feed a family of four for up to three days.
To pick up food: Drive to the back of the church (31st Ave.). Please maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from our volunteers and other people.
- North Point Health and Wellness Center Food Shelf – 1835 Penn Avenue North Minneapolis – Monday to Wednesday, distribution 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; donations accepted Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donate food and goods: Our most needed items include canned tuna or other meat, peanut butter, beans, oatmeal and whole grain cereals, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, and other toiletries.
- The Coven, 30 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 – Items needed: Toys, Syringes/Insulin, Glucose Meter and strips, Asthma Inhalers, Epipens, Bread/Tortillas, Fresh Produce , Cleaning Supplies, Soap/Detergent, Body Soap/Lotion, Diapers (all sizes), Wipes, Children’s Medicine, Culturally appropriate hair care, Pads, Razors, Deodorant, Baby formula/food, Non-perishable food.
- Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, 2524 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, (till 7:30 p.m.). Not accepting physical donations until further notices. Will be in need of distribution help later this week.
- YWCA Midtown – 2121 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, Wed., June 3, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Distribution Help Needed
- Justice Frontline Aid Crew (also on Facebook) – Justice Frontline Aid Crew is a group of concerned citizens working to provide aid and to assist in treating minor wounds sustained during the protests. Accepting financial donations through PayPal at justicefrontlineaidcrew@Gmail.com and physical donations on Friday, June 5, at Modist Brewing.
- Modist Brewing – accepting various donations; check the link for the latest updates.
- Urban Roots — 463 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through June 4, needs diapers (all sizes), baby formula, toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, feminine hygiene products, household cleaners, laundry detergent. Food needs: non-perishables, eggs, milk (cow & non-dairy), water.
- Shega Foods — 2111 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (June 3), needs include high priority: toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, baby formula, hand sanitizer; accepting: non-perishables, water, household cleaning supplies, hygiene items.