Category: Current Events

Longing for a safe space

Time and time again, this country has shown black Americans that they do not have a safe space. Not when walking home with a bag of skittles, not when playing with nerf guns at the park, not when getting pulled over by police, and not when sound asleep in their own apartment.

More than one year ago today

Well over a year ago, my REACH colleagues and I accepted the reality that we would be doing…

2021 Immigrants’ Day

On Tuesday May 4th, immigrants, refugees, and their supporters virtually descended on the Massachusetts State House for…

It’s About Power

Yesterday, REACH’s Executive Director, Laura Van Zandt, sent a version of this message to our staff and board addressing the events happening across the country and we wanted to share it with all of you. We do this work because we believe change is possible. Some days, that feels harder than others. The pain and death that is disproportionately impacting people of color and Black Americans…

It’s Ok Not to be Ok – Especially Right Now

By Mikaela Calcagni If you are like me, you have been spending more time scrolling through social media while self-quarantining. With that, I’ve seen many people posting messages about “making the most” out of this pandemic and the free time that comes with it. For those people who have picked up a new hobby or have finally started that novel they have wanted to write, that’s…

Thoughts on Collective Trauma in the Wake of COVID-19

A profound and meaningful loss of control. I’ve written this definition of trauma on white boards and easels, large post-it paper, and in PowerPoint presentations. I’ve said these words out loud hundreds, probably thousands of times, to audiences ranging from a few middle school students to hundreds of clinicians and medical professionals. But these words felt so different when I said them to my colleagues recently….