Nature is a Healer

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We have all been riveted to newsfeeds everywhere about the Trayvon Martin case this week, searching for answers and trying to figure how best to respond. In a timely share, we received a touching video on our Facebook page that demonstrates how youth from the stressed neighborhood of Sunnydale in San Francisco, California have a brief respite from the violence that plagues their young lives. Watch:

The Sunnydale Kids from Ripple Effect on Vimeo.

As a mother, community member, and founder of Outdoor Afro, for me the result of this national tragedy is a renewal of my commitment to support efforts that allow all children to have access, feel welcomed, and be safe in the outdoors no matter where and who they are.

More than ever, we need everyone to help replace fear with wonder; and watching with seeing Outdoor Afros big and small walking through their neighborhoods without cause for alarm.

Nature is a healer, and I invite you to use it as a platform to restore the innocence of youth — and our humanity.

Rue Mapp and son Seth at 2009 Oscar Grant protest. Photo by Sherron Hogg. Oakland, CA

In what ways can you help everyone in our community to feel welcome and safe?

Thanks Marla Wilson for sharing this video with our community!

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  • Lovely

    this is wonderful. I was overwhelmed with sadness and grief after the zimmerman verdict. I went to the mountains and hiked for a few hours. I felt so much better.The trees, the air, the plants,the dirt,even the deer were all there for me, they didnt think of me as a threat or a problem ( the deer sure didnt,she got really close to our picnic table and just looked at us). Nature is a healer and it belongs to all of us.