Levi Strauss offers employees session with “racial trauma specialist” after Rittenhouse acquittal

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Levi Strauss & Co. reached out to its US employees offering one-on-one counseling and promoting an upcoming session with a “Racial Trauma Specialist” to “help promote safety, sharing and encourage healing” after Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal, the company confirmed to FOX. Business on Wednesday.

Elizabeth Morrison, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Levi, sent an email following the verdict which began: “With the news that Kyle Rittenhouse has not been sentenced for the murder of three people – two of whom lost their lives – in recent racial justice protests. year is a difficult day for many. “

Kyle Rittenhouse, left, with cap inside out, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with another armed civilian. The 17-year-old is accused of killing two protesters during a demonstration. (Adam Rogan / The Journal Times via AP, file) (Adam Rogan / The Journal Times via AP, File / AP Newsroom)

“The pain and trauma of racial, identity and belief-based tragedies is a reality many of us struggle with on an ongoing basis,” Morrison wrote before declaring, “To help promote safety, sharing and to encourage healing, I will be hosting a Fireside Chat and Q&A in early December with Dr. Jamila Codrington, Registered Psychologist and Racial Trauma Specialist. ”

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Morrison added, “Dr J and I will discuss the mental and psychic impacts of subsequent social and racial justice events and trauma coping mechanisms during our discussion.”

Levi’s executive then encouraged one-on-one counseling sessions for employees in need, before sharing “resources to help [employees] impact on social justice, equality and foster positive change ”such as“ being educated and informed on the issue of gun violence ”and“ contacting your elected officials to let them know how important gun laws are. common sense are important to you ”.

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The Levi’s label can be seen on pants hanging in a Levi Strauss store in New York. (REUTERS / Brendan McDermid / File Photo / Reuters Photos)

A Levi’s spokesperson confirmed to FOX Business that “the email has been sent to all US employees and the purpose of the fireside chat is accurately described in the email.”

Rittenhouse, 18, was found not guilty on all counts Friday by a jury of his peers who found he acted in self-defense when he shot two people and injured a third (who admitted during the trial to pointing a gun on Rittenhouse) who attacked the teenager during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting against Jacob Blake. All three victims were white, as was Rittenhouse.

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KENOSHA, WISCONSIN – AUG 24: A person holds up a skateboard that says “BLM” for Black Lives Matter, as people gather outside the police station the day after a black man was shot by police causing the outrage and local unrest in the city in August (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images / Getty Images)

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Blake, who is black, was shot dead by police in Kenosha in August 2020 after officers responded to a 911 call against him from the mother of his children. He had several arrest warrants at the time, including one for sexual assault. He survived the incident, but remains paralyzed from waist to toe.

Blake later admitted to hold a knife in the altercation, after several media outlets pushed the story that he was unarmed.

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin and Lindsay Kornick contributed to this article.


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