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A Note From the Owner

When I started this village, part of the draw for me was not only a village for myself, but also for my children. A group of other moms to love on my kids and me onto theirs. When George Floyd called out for his Mama, I heard it and I felt it. We all felt it. We are a community of deeply motivated human beings with heavy hearts - not just a fitness brand for mothers.

We are in a very unique and powerful position as mothers to raise not only kind humans, but anti-racists humans. This is not a political issue, it is a human rights issue. My goal is to step out of my zone of comfort and zone of privilege to set the tone of inclusivity for our village. We will use this as an opportunity for change, learning and growth for us all.

As I said last week in class, until you hear the words from me and we have uncomfortable moments that lead to growth, we are falling short. This portion of the website is a small step into doing better as a team and as a community by providing resources for growth.

I am committed to doing the hard work on myself, encouraging members of our networks to join us while using the FIT4MOM core values of love, inclusion and the Ripple Effect to be a part of positive change. We will raise kind humans who know that Black Lives Matter.

To health. To Change.

Maridee Liljegren

It Starts at Home - Family Resources

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Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race

If you’re nervous about talking about race with your kids, these books about racial diversity will give you an easy place to start destigmatizing difference & celebrating racial diversity.

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Raising Race Conscious Children

The primary purpose of Raising Race Conscious Children is to support parents and teachers who are trying to talk about race and diversity with young children. The goal of these conversations is to prepare young people to work toward racial justice.

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RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS

Dismantling Racism. Transforming Communities.

This document was compiled by Center for Racial Justice in Education.

It Starts With You - Personal Learning Resources

Justice In June

"The Lesson Plan on Being An Ally"

This resource was compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace’s oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies.

GUIDE TO ALLYSHIP

An open source starter guide to help you become a more thoughtful and effective ally.

Educate Yourself

When You’re Done: Educate Yourself. This Doesn’t Go Away Once The Topic Isn’t, “Trending.”

Local Resources

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NAACP Cleveland

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

Charities We Love

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Birthing Beautiful - Local Cleveland Based

A Note from their website:

Beautiful Communities is a Village of birth workers, or doulas, operating as a 501c3 non-profit. We primarily provide social support to pregnant women at highest risk for infant mortality during the perinatal period.​

Embedded within BBC’s services are strategies to address the social determinants that impact infant mortality. These include education and engagement, and systems change (systemic racism, Medicaid coverage, maternity and family leave and comprehensive sex education). Since its founding, BBC has trained 26 perinatal support specialists and served over 500 women in total. Of those who completed all required Sisters Offering Support (SOS) Circle interventions, 92% had full term pregnancies last year, and an overall 99.8% infant survival rate. BBC receives funding from Ohio Department Medicaid and the Cleveland Foundation.

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Black Mamas Matter Alliance

We envision a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy.