Self-Defense in a Racist World

“There is an African-American man recording me and threatening myself and my dog,” Amy Cooper said on the phone with the police. She was unhappy that a Black man, Christian Cooper wanted her to leash her dog, so she called the police. Her words sounded eerily similar to something we teach in our self-defense classes.

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IMPACT's Favorite Songs of the Pandemic

Music brings people together, and it feels like a lot of us could use a little togetherness right now. So we are excited to bring to you, our wonderful IMPACT community, this playlist of IMPACT's Favorite Songs of the Pandemic!

We asked our instructors to share one empowering, IMPACT-ful song that is meaningful for them right now, and that might help others as we all navigate the recent changes. One thing that's clear from this list is that, no matter whether the threat is a potential assailant or a global pandemic, IMPACT's fighting spirit stays strong.

Check out the tracks below, get up and dance, and let us know your favorites!  Click here for the Spotify playlist, or follow links below to Youtube.

Bonus: What's on your pandemic playlist? Let us know in the comments:

  1. What's one song that's getting you through this pandemic-- or this week, or just today?
  2. What is it about that song?

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IMPACT's Favorite Songs of the Pandemic

Savage Remix feat. Beyoncé - Megan Thee Stallion
Whistle instructor Jemma says: "They did us a public service by making song you have to get off your couch and dance in your mirror too. Can't forget to love on ourselves (and move a little) during a plague."

Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs - Todrick Hall
Suited instructor Mariko says: "This song brings light into my day when I’m stressed out about quarantine."

Dance Again - Selena Gomez
Whistle instructor Aria says: "Just dancing again after a long time!"

It's Only feat. Zyra - ODESZA
Suited instructor Ryan says: "Soothing music with a beat combined with distinctly dark lyrics somehow feels suitable during worldwide upheaval where the best way we can help is to stay at home."

Going Gets Tough - The Growlers
Suited instructor Sam says: "Its a song about resilience through disaster: Worry is a bully that just won’t let me be / Trying to keep me busy hustling and struggling / Still always remember, when the going gets tough / That the labor of our love will reward us soon enough."

Bathroom Floor - Maddie and Tae
Whistle instructor Aria says: "Inspiring after a breakup, or just a bad day as well."

Brave Face - Frank Turner
Suited instructor Trew says: "He's got a fighty sort of optimism that feels right for what's going on with the world right now."

Focus On Your Own Family - Off With Their Heads

It's the End of the World - R.E.M.
Whistle instructor Vanessa says: "It's happy / bouncy / reminds me of the 90s :)"

Tubthumping - They Might Be Giants (covering Chumbawamba)
Suited instructor Tim says: "Only after days that have been very hard, because I don’t want the link to lose its magic."

Rise Up - Andra Day
Whistle instructor Linda says: "I play it to my plants that I'm trying to grow and my bread that I'm trying to bake."

Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
Whistle instructor Jenny says: "It reminds me of my son's wedding. A very joyful time."
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IMPACTivities Book!

Hi Everyone!

How are you? Have you done something to treat or nourish yourself today? This is a stressful time, and it is really important to care for yourself as we navigate all that we are being forced to deal with. To help with that, we are proud to present... 

Our brand new, hot off the presses IMPACTivities Book!

Please feel free to download, enjoy, and share! If you want to share any of your completed activity pages - please tag us on social media or email us - we'd love to see them!

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Supporting Those Who are Not Safe at Home

It has been a challenging and stressful time for many people as we try to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19. As our Bay Area, California, and other officials have asked people to stay at home, we have been thinking a lot about people who may not be safe staying at home because they live with someone who is violent or abusive. 

News outlets have reported higher risk of domestic violence during this outbreak, and there have been reports of high rates of violence in places like China, who experienced the outbreak sooner than we did. 

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IMPACT Skills for a Global Pandemic

So this isn’t exactly the scary scenario we were preparing you for in your IMPACT class. This pandemic is not wearing a big duct tape helmet (though maybe we’d be better off if it had been!) but the feelings of anxiety or fear and stress are not that different.

One of the very first things we talk about in class is managing your adrenaline. Adrenaline can make us freeze in response to a stressor, but it’s also the thing can give people super strength when needed. Our current situation could continue for a while, so managing adrenaline is also really important for your long-term health. A really great tool that helps many people manage adrenaline is of course, breathing. 

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IMPACT Book Club: Know My Name

Welcome to our first IMPACT Bay Area book club!  Join us as we read Know My Name: A Memoir, written by Chanel Miller.  In this book, Chanel describes her experience as a sexual assault survivor in the legal system and her trauma healing journey.  Together, we will reflect on her vulnerability, strength, and heartbreak to honor her story.  

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2019 Accomplishments

Huge thanks to our community for making our work possible. Please take a moment to celebrate our tremendous 2019 accomplishments - we did this together!

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Holiday Safety Tip #4: You Can Leave When You're Ready

This time of year, people can come up with all kinds of holiday-themed, seasonal excuses to convince you to do things you don't want to do. You have to eat things, go places, or spend time with people "...because it's Christmas" or "...because it's Hanukkah" or "...because that's what families do" and "...it's only for a few days of the year" or "baby, it's cold outside". 

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Holiday Safety Tip #3: You Can Fight in an Ugly Sweater

When we think about defending our boundaries and fighting for our own comfort and safety, we can often also think of a list of reasons not to speak up or fight back. Self-defense is about choices and each of us gets to choose if and how we want to respond in any given situation.

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Holiday Safety Tip #2: Even Santa Needs Consent   

Holiday Safety Tip #2: Even Santa Needs Consent   

The holidays bring up a wide variety of unwanted touch – from the handsy person at the office holiday party to the hug-demanding relative. Depending on your relationship with the person and the specific situation, you may make different choices around whether to set a boundary and how to go about it. But if you think a situation like this may come up for you, you can think through some strategies and responses ahead of time!

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