Monday, October 20, 2008

UIR Workshop in Seattle Nov. 6 & Nov. 7

I wanted you to know about an upcoming Undoing Institutional Racism (UIR) training that is happening in Seattle. I've been through the workshop three times; most recently with my Board of Directors at Solid Ground. I highly recommend the workshop to anyone who is interested in understanding racism, undoing racism and social change. It has helped me to understand how the daily actions that I do at work and at home can assist in undoing racism. The UIR Workshop is an intensive two-day workshop designed to educate, challenge and empower people to "undo" the racist structures that hinder effective social change.

Analyzing Power - Effective organizing required accurate analysis of the systems that keep racism in place, why people are poor, how institutions perpetuate the imbalance of power, and who is responsible for maintaining the status quo. Defining Racism - In order to undo racism, it must be understood. Organizers and educators who intend to build effective coalitions need to be very clear about what racism is and what it is not in order to avoid serious stategic and tactical errors.

Understanding the Manifestations of Racism - Racism operates in more than just individual and institutional settings. The dynamics of cultural racism, linguistic racism, and militarism as applied racism are examined. Please feel free to forward this on to your friends and colleagues.

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