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CPA's Statement on Recent Events and Racial Violence

April 23rd, 2021

The Connecticut Psychological Association acknowledges the community trauma following the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, an outrage in a long line of racialized violence pervading our communities over the past several years. While black and brown people have continued to be the victims of biased action and unjust killings, the justice system has often failed to uphold accountability for these actions. The sense of relief that so many experienced following this weeks guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin is indicative of our racialized trauma and a pervasive worry that even in light of concrete evidence, justice would not be served for a Black man in America. For almost a year, America has held its breath, marched, and protested with the hope that there would be confirmation that in this instance, this Black man’s life mattered.

Please read the full statement here: CPA Statement_April 2021

Additionally, please see the following resources in case they are helpful.
https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-s-Statement-On-Recent-Racist-Incidents-and-Mental-Health-Resources-for-African-Americans
https://connpsych.org/action-against-racism/
https://www.sunshinebehavioralhealth.com/mental-health-issues-facing-the-black-community

 

CPA'S Statement on the Attacks on the AAPI Community

March 30th, 2021

The Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) stands with the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community during the recent onslaught of violence and harmful words and actions against them. As an organization that represents psychology and psychologists, and operates from a basic framework of inclusivity and healing, we will continue to fight against the ills that do us all harm and continue to pervade our society: racism, xenophobia, and other harmful conduct fueled by prejudice and discrimination.

Resources: https://apaics.org/, https://smithsonianapa.org/, https://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/ethnicity-health/asian-american/bullying-and-victimization, https://aapaonline.org/, https://stopaapihate.org/resources/, https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/anti-racism-resources-support-asian-american-pacific-islander-community-n1260467, https://asianawarenessproject.carrd.co/   

Please read the full statement here: CPA Statement in Support of AAPI

CPA'S Statement on the Recent Attack on Democracy

January 9th, 2021

The Connecticut Psychological Association condemns the events that occurred on January 6, 2021, as well as the ideology and misinformation that fueled it. The world watched as there was an attack on the democracy of our nation, at a magnitude unwitnessed since reconstruction. The political and civil unrest that has been building in our country reached a frightening peak, and many of us observed with disbelief and a myriad of emotional reactions.

Please read the full statement here: Statement of the Connecticut Psychological Association on the Recent Attack on Democracy

Taken Action Against Racism

CPA stands as a strong voice against grave injustices demonstrated by recent events. We are clear in our position of solidarity with APA in that the “racism pandemic” is in fact devastating our nation.  Racism is a disease that has permeated us individually and societally. One of CPA’s missions is to promote human welfare and we know from our recent Priorities Survey that CT psychologists care deeply about social justice issues.  We acknowledge the trauma, grief, and outrage many people of color are feeling in light of the recent killings of Black men and women and pledge to take action.  

Please see our full statement and list of resources on our page https://connpsych.org/action-against-racism/

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