Beginning in January 2023, we have a special workshop series for People of Color. See the description below.
Our Collective Liberation Is Not Up For Negotiation:
An Eight-Week Workshop Series For People of Color
Dates: Fridays in 2023—1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, 4/21 Format: On Zoom All Times: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Registration Fee: Starting at $1,000 for individuals (only $125 per 3-hour session) Group discounts are available. Register Here
In this eight-week workshop series, we will explore the practice of building a sense of community among people of color as a strategy to fight against racism and build support for the many facets of our personal and professional lives. The workshop series will be unique because we will explore in great depth the following contentions:
- Structural racism teaches us to see other people of color as enemies. We will work to see one another as allies and family.
- Structural racism teaches us not to trust one another. We will work to build genuine trust across racial and ethnic differences.
- Structural racism teaches us to devalue one another. We will work to see one another as wonderful people full of hope and promise.
- Structural racism teaches us that we should work separately. We will work together and celebrate our successes.
We will use decolonization as a focus for our discussions. That subject offers us a rich opportunity for dialogue on how we can embrace our cultural histories and the histories of indigenous people in productive, eye-opening ways. Decolonization also gives us an opportunity to look at the ways we need to improve on issues of cultural appropriation and being oblivious to the lived experiences of Native Americans and other people of color.
The workshop series will also use emergent strategies as a learning tool. Emergent strategies is a revolutionary practice described by adrienne maree brown (author of the book, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds), as an “examination of where our movements have been and…a framework for resistance that is rooted in the miracles of nature, decentralized, collective leadership, and personal, relational, organizational, and movement-wide transformation.”
Topics we will cover in the workshop series:
Week 1: Community-Building in Service of Collective Liberation—This segment will lay a foundation for our work and introduce participants to ideas in community building, decolonization, and emergent strategies.
Week 2: Decolonization, Types and Impacts—We will discuss the various meanings of colonialism and decolonization, including the forms of metaphoric decolonization that apply to the way knowledge is produced. We will test to see what emergent strategies we can use to build a stronger sense of community with decolonization in mind.
Week 3: Settler Decolonization—The article, “Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor,” will be at the the center of our discussion. We will explore the question, “How can we build community around the plea to leave colonized lands?”
Week 4: Metaphoric Decolonization—We will discuss decolonization has been appropriated in the broader society for various anti-oppressive ideas. This segment will ask the questions, “How are we complicit in perpetuating the oppression of indigenous people? and What emergent strategies can we use to resist what has been called flights toward innocence, the habit of not recognizing our parts in maintaining oppressive systems?”
Week 5: Anti-Asian Racism—We will take a critical look at continual anti-Asian violence as an outgrowth of a colonial mentality that devalues cultures that are non-Eurocentric and that denigrates native cultures. In this segment we will ask, “What emergent strategies can we use to build community when others are being attacked physically and demeaned societally?”
Week 6: Latinx Racialization—This segment will explore how Latinx people became colonized and racialized in ways different from other racial groups. We will ask, “How can we support one another despite the ways racism teaches us to be mistrustful and suspicious of other people of color?”
Week 7: The N-Word: A Brief History—We will take a deep historical dive into how the N-word became a reflection of colonizing sentiments and an anti-black tool of the larger society. We will ask ourselves how we can use our divergent racial histories and home cultures for collective liberation.
Week 8: Honoring Self and Others—We will bring together the strings of everything we have learned together to weave a final session on the discussion of the greatness of our ancestors and the healing power that comes from community.