Explore ways to challenge white supremacy!
Join us for a Racial Justice dialogue series that will explore complicated questions about how we can meaningfully challenge White Supremacy as people of our specific racial identity. Participants will join other people who share their racial identity to reflect on their experiences with race and White Supremacy, discuss how White Supremacy affects their racial group, how to practice accountability for when we hurt and disrespect each other.
Dates: 6/26; 7/10; 7/31; 8/14 (All Saturdays)
Session Times: 10am – 12pm PST
All participants will select one of the following Affinity Group options:
- Asian American/Pacific Islander/Southeast Asian/South Asian Affinity Group
- Black/African American Affinity Group
- Bi/Multiracial Affinity Group (Note: This group is for people who have biological connections to more than one racial group)
- Indigenous/Native American Affinity Group
- Latinx Affinity Group
- White Affinity Group
People of Color Affinity Groups
- Session 1: Visions of Who We Are
- Session 2: Confronting Racism in Our Community
- Session 3: Confronting Racism with Other People of Color
- Session 4: Practicing Accountability for Racial Justice
White Affinity Group
- Session 1: Building Anti-Racist Community
- Session 2: Facing Fears
- Session 3: Racial Justice vs Racial Equality
- Session 4: Practicing Accountability for Racial Justice
To apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ElementsIgnitingAction
Applications Close: Wednesday, June 16th at 5 pm
Participants will be notified by Friday, June 18th
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Racial Affinity Group?
Racial Affinity Groups are spaces for individuals who share a racial identity that provide opportunities to build connections, develop more complex understanding of each other, and practice challenging how White Supremacy affects how we think, feel, and relate to others. Racial Affinity Groups are one tool to challenge White Supremacy.
- Asian & Pacific Islander Affinity Group is for dialogue between people who identify as Pacific Islander and/or East/South/Southeast/Central Asian, or have heritage or ancestry from the Pacific Islands and/or East/South/Southeast/Central Asia.
- Black/African American Affinity Group is intended to be a dialogue between people who identify as Black, African American.
- Bi/Multiracial Affinity Group is intended to be a dialogue between people who have biological connections to more than one racial group.
- Indigenous/Native American Affinity Group is for dialogue between people who identify as Native American/Indigenous, or have heritage in any tribe, nation, or organized indigenous community.
- Latinx Affinity Group is for dialogue between people who identify as Latinx, or have heritage or ancestry in Latin America.
- White Affinity Group is for dialogue between people who identify as White, or have heritage or ancestry from Europe.
Will I be in the same Racial Affinity Group for all sessions?
Yes. This dialogue series will be focused on doing deeper work within our own racial communities, so all sessions will occur within each Racial Affinity Group. For this dialogue series there will not be any cross-group dialogues.
Who is the “ideal” participant?
Elements of Justice: Igniting Action is meant for everyone! Challenging White Supremacy within ourselves and in our relationships with others is the focus of this dialogue series – so everyone has work to do. Participating will require you to be able to discuss experiences you and others have had with White Supremacy, reflect on and begin to make sense of strong emotions that might come up for you and others, and stay open to respecting differences in experiences and views as we have honest dialogues.
How is a dialogue different from a training?
Dialogues are focused on supporting participants in sharing experiences, feelings, and questions to deepen understanding of ourselves, others, and the communities we are part of. Dialogues are also created and driven by both participants and facilitators, with the role of facilitators being to ask questions, focus the group on places of deeper learning, name unspoken dynamics, and work to keep participants connected and respected. Trainings are focused on building specific knowledge and skills for participants to apply immediately in their personal and/or professional lives. Trainings are driven by trainers who have established clear goals and timelines. Participants help shape trainings but are following the direction and pacing of trainers.
How will applicants be selected to participate?
Participants will be selected based on their responses to short answer questions in the application. We are looking to create cohorts for each racial group that have a wide range of experiences and perspectives to allow for complex dialogues. Above all, we are looking for participants that want to deepen their thinking and feeling around their racial identity and ways to challenge White Supremacy.
Do I have to attend all sessions?
Yes. Having all participants at every session for the whole session is important to creating the community and trust that will allow for deep and honest sharing. We know that there are many competing demands on time, and investing time into this dialogue series might not be possible for everyone who is interested in participating.
Helpful Resources to Check Out
- We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice by adrienne maree brown https://www.akpress.org/we-will-not-cancel-us.html
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- New York Times’1619 Project https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html
- The Sugarcoated Language Of White Fragility by Anna Kegler https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-sugarcoated-language-of-white-fragility_b_10909350
- Red Table Talk – Confronting The Divide Between Black and Asian Americans https://www.facebook.com/redtabletalk/videos/230734652152832