Workshops

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Responding to Racist Remarks
Mon. Sept 20th // 6:30-8:30pm
Mon. Oct 18th // 6:30-8:30pm
Mon. Nov. 15th // 6:30-8:30pm
Mon. Dec. 20th // 6:30-8:30pm

Also* Support space and role-playing every 2nd week monthly for past participants. ( Check your email used in past RRR workshop for Zoom link )

Allyship/Accompliceship ( Four Part Series )
Tues. Sept 7th // 6:30-8:30pm
Tues. Oct 5th // 6:30-8:30pm
Tues. Nov 2nd // 6:30-8:30pm
Tues. Dec 7th // 6:30-8:30pm

Talking with White Kids About Racism
Weds. Sept 29th // 6:30-8:30pm
Tues. Nov. 30th // 6:30-8:30pm

Responding to Racist Remarks II

To be announced based on past-participant interest.
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Book Studygroup: My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem
A workbook approach to healing racialized trauma.


( Folks have asked for this during workshops. If you’re interested in helping get it off the ground, and want to learn co-facilitation skills, join our Education Committee! We meet monthly every 2nd Tuesday evening. )

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Workshop Descriptions

Building Racial Justice through Allyship/Accompliceship – 4 Part Series, 1st Tuesday of every month

NOTE: You may sign up for the remaining three sessions even if you missed the first one, but you must have attended either Session 1 or Session 2 to register for sessions 3 and 4

As white people, we have a responsibility to work on eliminating structural racism in partnership, accountability and alongside BIPOC activists (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color). In order to change culture, policies, and practices we need to organize out of mutual interest, and work to do our own internal and external work in a climate free of blame, shame and guilt. Participation in this series will create a community of learners who will support each other’s movement along a continuum that deepens our ability to invest in Black lives and work in true solidarity. In this series, we will explore what it means to be an anti-racist white person and to support each other to become not only an ally but also an accomplice. The series topics include:  Understanding the Landscape, Knowing Yourself: privilege and exclusion in allyship work, Interpersonal and Structural Interventions, and Moving Towards Accompliceship.

Goals:

1. To develop a common language for talking about power, privilege, and difference.

2. To identify practical strategies for implementing and facilitating change collectively.

3. To build alliances and networks

4. To develop shared understandings of the critiques of some forms of white allyship by activists of color.

5. To discuss our own barriers to working in full solidarity with people of color, and strategies for breaking those barriers down or shifting how we perceive them to function.

6. To build a collective set of actions toward allyship/accompliceship that we can support each other in and hold each other accountable to.

SERIES SESSIONS

Session one: Understanding the Landscape 

In this workshop, we will discuss why self-work and knowledge are essential for effective allyship and accompliceship actions. We will learn about the Dominator Model that constructed a system that has shaped our histories and current experiences and unveils how power structures affect us. As a community of learners, we can start with the tools of language and words that will create a climate talking about racism and other differences.

Session two: Knowing Yourself: Privilege and Exclusion in Allyship work. 

This session returns to and deepens our discussion of allyship and self-work. We will discuss how our own experiences of exclusion can become rich tools to strengthen our allyship. Understanding how we have learned to be both oppressed and oppressors and how it hurts all of us on both sides.

Session three: Interpersonal and Structural Interventions.

This session uses tools from bystander intervention models to navigate various effective approaches to responding to and preventing racist actions, structures, and policies.

Session four: Towards Accompliceship

This session returns to the concept of Accompliceship discussed in session one. We will talk about community and trust building, as well as how we make choices about where and how to participate in the dismantling of white supremacy. This session will introduce terminology related to systemic anti-racist change including concepts like abolition, transformative justice, and land back movements.

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Responding to Racist Remarks, 3rd Monday of every month

Note: Past participants will be separated out into small groups at the beginning of the workshop to practice the process that was learned. New participants will be grouped together to learn the process and then practice through role plays and observations.

This workshop has been created because POC have been asking white people to speak up when they hear racist remarks. In the workshop participants will learn a process for developing effective responses when hearing racists remarks by family members, strangers, friends, colleagues, and others. It acknowledges that the flood of emotions that sometimes occur in these situations may limit the full range of responses we could have. Participants learn the process through a demonstration and then practice real situations so that in the future they can increase their ability to respond in a way that calls other white people in and not out.

GOALS:

1.  To introduce a process for participants to feel more confident to think about effective responses and empowered to make responses.

2.  To practice with support using the process and developing more effective strategies

3.  To support each other to become more empowered to take action

4.  To incorporate ideas and concepts from the readings and other resources that were shared

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Talking to White Kids About Racism

SURJ ROC understands that breaking the cycle of racism requires that white people do our part in examining how racism has been taught to us, and how it is continuing to be taught to white children.

This workshop will be an opportunity to create a community of learners and thinkers, supporting each other as we work to recognize and undo racism in homes, classrooms, libraries, and all spaces in which white people live and work. We believe this journey requires inner work as well as skill-building. This session is designed to address both of these needs. We will discuss developmental capabilities of children and the cycle of oppression to provide structure to the conversations. We invite you to attend as a contributor as well as a learner.

GOALS:

1.  To examine how we each learned racism

2.  To process together what white parents have been taught to believe and how the cycle of racism is perpetuated

3.  To learn about the capacity of kids at each stage in their development to think about Social Inequalities

4.  To support each other to become more empowered to take action and share best practices

5.  To incorporate ideas and concepts from the readings and other resources that were shared