A Collaboration between Seminary of the Street and Beyond Separation
Facilitated by Nichola Torbett and Elana Isaacs
Suggested donation *$20-$5 to cover the cost of the space.
No one turned away. Donations in excess of room cost will go toward reserving space for a similar conversation facilitated by and for people of color
The systemic killing of black people at the hands of the police, most recently #altonsterling and #philandocastile, are leading many of us white folks*** to yearn to be more effective and in deeper solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the larger Movement for Black Lives.
* How do we tune into and discern our part? What actions do we take?
* What does it mean to practice both humility and a commitment to taking risks?
* How do we get unstuck and move forward?
* How do we practice bringing our whole selves, assets, and resources to the moment and the movement?
Whether you are already involved in anti-racist work or just getting started, please join us for a facilitated dialogue, community-building, and supportive conversation around our next steps and actions in the movement for Justice and Liberation.. You do not have to identify as an activist to attend this event!
Our time together will include:
* Small group discussions to move through where we get stuck
* Asset mapping- what strengths, resources, and community connections can we bring to the movement?
* Supporting and inspiring each other to keep going
Elana Isaacs is a White, Jewish, queer anti-oppression facilitator who uses kinesthetic tools to engage our whole selves in the work of solidarity and liberation. She is a Senior Consultant with The Justice Collective and co-develops and facilitates Beyond the Culture of Separation classes and trainings in partnership with Gregory Mengel, Angela Sevin, and Impact Hub Oakland.
Nichola Torbett is a White, queer anti-oppression trainer, writer, and spiritual teacher whose passion is fostering communities of recovery from and resistance to white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism. She engages the movement via Second Acts Christian Nonviolent Direct Action Affinity Group, the Interfaith Committee for Black Lives, and BASAT.
*Childcare provided upon request: please contact Elana at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will attend and need childcare
Parking and Room location: You are welcome to park in the adjacent parking lot in any spot labeled “Church” or “Church and Center.” The church is also a short walk from the 19th St BART station and is on several bus lines. Once you arrive, enter through the brown door on Harrison Street, directly across from the Whole Foods loading docks. This door will bring you directly into the meeting room.
Accessibility: The room is wheelchair accessible. Please join us in ensuring accessibility for community members with chemical sensitivity and chronic illness by not wearing fragrances or scents on your body or clothes from perfumes, scented laundry detergent, hair and body products, and essential oils. You can prepare in advance by not using products with fragrance or scents, and by using fragrance free, non-toxic products. If this is new for you, here are a couple resources on how to be scent reduced and scent free: http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html and http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15
***We believe that, as white-identified people, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves about racism. In addition, coming together in a white-only space can enable us to be more honest about feelings and experiences that might otherwise be held back out of embarrassment or fear of causing pain to people of color. Honest dialogues about race among white-identified people also disrupts the white social norm that ordinarily discourages us from having these conversations. It is our intention to support each other in this work so we can move into multiracial coalition building with more practices and tools to be effective in collaboration and solidarity.