We, members and board members of The Pittsburgh Community for EFT, stand in solidarity with those in the US and beyond who demand an end to injustice, oppression, white supremacy and police violence. We wholeheartedly believe Black Lives Matter. And we are committed to acting on that belief.
As a community committed to “facilitating the promotion of secure and resilient relationships”, we commit to creating a world in which every person can access the safety necessary to embrace their universal attachment needs and risk sharing these needs from a vulnerable place with those they love.
Our community began 5 years ago with a handful of white therapists who all valued EFT and we realize that we need to do so much more to make space for the voices, experiences, and bodies of Black and brown therapists. We commit to sustained conversations about how to do this and we commit to taking action. We commit to continued conversations about how to be anti-racist therapists and create an anti-racist community. We commit to owning up to any mistakes we make and learning as we go in the continuous work of anti-racism.
We are committed to transparency and accountability in our efforts to create an anti-racist community of EFT therapists. As such, we will report on the actions that we have taken towards making this a reality within our community.
We also stand behind a statement published by ICEEFT earlier in June:
At this time of national trauma in the United States, ICEEFT shares the grief and outrage at the ongoing killing of Black Americans at the hands of police. We recognize that safety for our Black colleagues and the Black community requires us to identify and speak against systemic oppression in the United States and other countries if we are to support the essential value of human life and human connection.
The pain and oppression being visited on the Black community must also be our pain. The tragic killings in the United States of George Floyd and countless other Black men, women and children at the hands of police and citizens, and the systemic racism that has driven these actions, is antithetical to our core values in ICEEFT, and we are determined to fight racism and inequality. At this time we recommit to being a diverse and inclusive organization that promotes the same in the lives of our members and our clients.
Elana Katz and James McCracken for the ICEEFT Diversity Working Group Sanctioned by the ICEEFT Board of Directors