The Chronically UnderTouched Support Group is one of the most important parts of the Holistic Resistance programs and offerings. The support group is comprised of young black men that are interrupting their trauma stories around being chronically under touched. When we look at the messaging that black men are given around their touch needs, it is scary to see the damage, the ways white oppressive systems have caused harm to black folks and their community. The chronically under touched trauma story has major impacts on homophobia, transphobia, how sexism can be released upon women’s bodies, rage, violence towards other black men; the list is extensive.
In this black support group that we are teaching weekly, we are committed to building a touch plan for each young black man in the group and a support system to maintain their touch needs for a lifetime. This work is meant to be a model for other communities to reach for each other to build a comprehensive disruption to the chronically under touched black bodies. Individuals in our group have gone 15 years or more with less than 15 minutes total of mindful, thoughtful, platonic touch.
This is a quiet crisis that’s not discussed enough; it’s not in the main stream conversation and that needs to change. This GoFundMe is critical as financial resources interrupt any financial barriers that are preventing these young black men from receiving the healing platonic touch that is being offered in our group while keeping the facilitators, podcast, and video production all funded. With full funding we can push this message and scale the message to as many people as possible while building a comprehensive digital training program so we can get other mentors, leaders, and facilitators to be teaching all over the world.
-Barriers (rides, gas, child care so young men to travel to meetings weekly)
-Podcast and video production
-Travel expenses for education