What Is Racial Equity?

June 2016 Film – Vocabulary of Change

We will be hosting a showing of the documentary Vocabulary of Change, Angela Davis and Tim Wise in Conversation on thursday, June 16 from 7-9 at the Unitarian Church, 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel.  Angela Davis and Tim Wise, two of this country’s leading racial and social justice scholar-activists, join moderator Rose Aguilar onstage for a rare, unscripted and free ranging conversation on the state of contemporary global politics.

They explore how our culture’s uncritical embrace of pervasive individualism, the myth of meritocracy and entrenched institutional inequality have led to racialized public policy, the privatization of education, health care and the environment, and the commodification of many of our basic needs, including water and food.

Through bold discourse, wit, and an optimism of the will, Angela and Tim call for new vocabularies – a different kind of fluency and a different quality of literacy. With a shared reverence for historical memory and today’s activism, they invoke the power of a new language to restore clarity and to unify global communities.

This free event is open to all.

June 2016 Toward the “Other America”

Anti-Racism Book Group–

We will meet monthly and begin with Chris Crass’s book Towards the “Other America”: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter.  Bring your suggestions for other books we can read over the coming year, and we will generate our list at our first meeting.

Our first meeting will be Tuesday evening, June 13 at 7 pm at the UU Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Rd., Carmel, CA.  Questions or more information contact Rev. Elaine Gehrmann at rev.elaine@uucmp.org.

Towards the ‘Other America’ is an important primer for new and seasoned white anti-racist organizers and activists in the era of #BlackLivesMatter. Today, the Right attacks and attempts to de-legitimize the movement for Black lives by using the age old wedge of white supremacy and hetero-patriarchy. But tomorrow, the one we must work together to build, will have millions of anti-racist whites who say ‘Not in our name.’ This collection of essays and interviews, grounded in practical lessons, will help us get one step closer to that tomorrow.”– Alicia Garza, Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter organizing network, Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance

​As the Black Lives Matter movement has taken to the streets and courageous Black activists around the country have shaken the racist foundations of the country, there has been a groundswell of anti-racist action in white communities. With millions of white people questioning their assumptions about race, longtime and new white anti-racists have mobilized to declare  “White Silence = Consent”.

Towards the “Other America”: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter is a call to action to end white silence and a manual on how to do it. In addition to his own soul searching essays and practical organizing advice in his “notes to activists”, Crass lifts up the voices of longtime white anti-racist leaders organizing in white communities for Black Lives Matter. Crass has collected lessons and vibrant examples of this work from rural working class communities in Kentucky and Maine, mass direct action in Wisconsin and New York, faith-based efforts among Jewish communities, Unitarian Universalists, and the United Church of Christ, and national efforts like Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and Jewish Voice for Peace.

Chris Crass calls on all of us to join our values to the power of love and act with courage for a world where Black lives truly matter. A world where the death culture of white supremacy no longer devours the lives of Black people and no longer deforms the hearts and souls of white people. The goal of this book is to equip white people, politically, spiritually and emotionally, to work for the liberation of us all, with Black Lives Matter at the center.

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May 2016 Meeting

I’m looking forward to seeing you at our next Whites for Racial Equity meeting, this Saturday, April 9 from 2-5, at CSUMB Health & Wellness Services Building 80 (Pick up a parking sticker at any kiosk before parking) Maps & Directions    .

We have a wonderful gathering planned that encompasses both awareness and action.

As part of growing our awareness, we shall be showing Dr. Robin Di Angelo’s video, Deconstructing White Privilege. You are encouraged to watch it prior to the meeting as well. Here is the link. Deconstructing White Privilege with Robin Di Angelo. There will be break out discussions inspired by this video.

We shall talk about https://www.gov.ca.gov/docs/The_Public_Safety_and_Rehabilitation_Act_of_2016_(00266261xAEB03).pdf  an initiative  to protect and enhance public safety, reduce wasteful spending on prisons, improve rehabilitation and prevent federal courts from ordering the release of prisoners. There will be time to practice our skills, and delve into true prison reform.

We shall talk about upcoming actions and events including: a new survey, a movie-book discussion scheduled for Thurs., June 16, a report on voter suppression, and anything you might bring to the meeting.

Feel free to bring relevant books, articles, dvd’s to exchange. We have 5 copies of Tim Crass’s book Towards the Other America, Anti-Racist Resources for White People. It is a call to action to end white silence and a manual on how to do it. In addition to his own soul-searching essays and practical organizing advice in his “notes to activists,” Chris Crass lifts up the voices of longtime white anti-racist leaders organizing in white communities for Black Lives Matter.

Below is information on a Twitter event, Say Their Names, A Conversation about Race, Police Brutality and the Power of Shifting Narratives.  It happens tomorrow, April 6 from 1-2 EST.

The next gathering of Whites for Racial Equity is taking place this Saturday, May 14. As part of our ongoing commitment to Awareness and Action, we have decided to participate as Allies in the  Walk of Remembrance: Celebrating Pacific Grove’s Chinese Village and Pioneering Fishing Community. The Walk of Remembrance will go from 1:00-3:00pm, meeting at the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum.

Following the walk of remembrance we will gather at Robert Down School (485 Pine Ave., Pacific Grove) from 3:00-5:00 to discuss the ‘whitewashing’ of history– how we are kept ignorant of the unpleasant truths of many historical events (as James Loewen powerfully illustrates in his book Lies Across America).  Attached are two descriptions of the Chinese village that existed in Monterey in the late 1800s–taking leadership and inspiration from the previous work of Gerry Low Sabado and others, perhaps there is some work we can do as allies to strategize and advocate for more historical accuracy in our local historical markers.

April 2016 Meeting

I’m looking forward to seeing you at our next Whites for Racial Equity meeting, this Saturday, April 9 from 2-5, at CSUMB Health & Wellness Services Building 80 (Pick up a parking sticker at any kiosk before parking) Maps & Directions    .

We have a wonderful gathering planned that encompasses both awareness and action.

As part of growing our awareness, we shall be showing Dr. Robin Di Angelo’s video, Deconstructing White Privilege. You are encouraged to watch it prior to the meeting as well. Here is the link. Deconstructing White Privilege with Robin Di Angelo. There will be break out discussions inspired by this video.

We shall talk about https://www.gov.ca.gov/docs/The_Public_Safety_and_Rehabilitation_Act_of_2016_(00266261xAEB03).pdf  an initiative  to protect and enhance public safety, reduce wasteful spending on prisons, improve rehabilitation and prevent federal courts from ordering the release of prisoners. There will be time to practice our skills, and delve into true prison reform.

We shall talk about upcoming actions and events including: a new survey, a movie-book discussion scheduled for Thurs., June 16, a report on voter suppression, and anything you might bring to the meeting.

Feel free to bring relevant books, articles, dvd’s to exchange. We have 5 copies of Tim Crass’s book Towards the Other America, Anti-Racist Resources for White People. It is a call to action to end white silence and a manual on how to do it. In addition to his own soul-searching essays and practical organizing advice in his “notes to activists,” Chris Crass lifts up the voices of longtime white anti-racist leaders organizing in white communities for Black Lives Matter.

Below is information on a Twitter event, Say Their Names, A Conversation about Race, Police Brutality and the Power of Shifting Narratives.  It happens tomorrow, April 6 from 1-2 EST.

March 2016 Meeting

Combined Destinies Workshop

3/16/16/

It’s official- Whites for Racial Equity just became a SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) affiliate. Thank you to Jessica Nifield for facilitating this.

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.

Below is a link to a recent bay area event, The Future of Solidarity.  It’s about 75 mins long and talks about how white people can support the movement for black lives.

Feb. 2016 Meeting

Whites for Racial Equity meets this Saturday, February 13, 2016, 2-5 pm

 at York School, Monterey Salinas Highway, Classroom 6  (new location for this meeting)

 

What can you look forward to at this meeting?

Being seen and heard on topics like:

          Your growing awareness of racism and white privilege

          Strengthening our courage together

          A new format for our meetings

          Successful actions folks have taken

Exciting projects to share

          How you can help move WRE forward

          New ideas

Preparing for the meeting

          Go to our website  (www.whitesforracialequity.org)and review the film Mirrors of Privilege or see it for the first time. It will warm you up for our discussions.

Jan 2016 Meeting

Whites for Racial Equity will meet this Saturday, Jan 9  from 2-5 at Calif. State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Health and Wellness Services Building 80. It is on the corner of Inter Garrison and General Jim Moore Blvd. 100 Campus Center, Seaside. We we will show the film, Mirrors of Privilege, Making Whiteness Visible,  followed by a large group discussion with break-out sessions as well.

We shall use this groundbreaking film and conversation guide to help bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change. Featuring stories from white men and women on overcoming issues of unconscious bias and entitlement, it is an powerful and unique tool in diversity work.

The stories in the film reveal what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear, and shame into making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice. This film catalyzes powerful dialogue to support the learning, change and healing of all people who want to undo race-based oppression. Featuring: Tim Wise, Joe Fahey, Peggy V. McIntosh, Marguerite Parks, Gary Howard and many more.

 

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Nov. 2015 Meeting

It was decided that our November meeting/gathering would be to participate in the Anti-Racism and Nonviolence training being cosponsored by NCBI, NAACP and the Monterey Peace and Justice Center on Saturday, November 14 from 2:00-5:00 at the Oldemeyer Center. The workshop will include:

  • Identifying and welcoming social identities present today (race, class, gender, LGBTQ, religion, age, etc.)
  • An introduction to Allyship
  • Brainstorming local issues. Where do you notice racial injustice in this county?
  • Where/what issues do you want to engage as an ally? What issues do you want to invite others in as allies?
  • Next steps – Resources and opportunities for involvement with local groups (NCBI anti-racism series; Peace Resource Center nonviolence training; NAACP working committees; #BlackLivesMatter Seaside; Stand Up for Racial Justice Santa Cruz; and more.)

October 2015 Meeting

Our next gathering takes place on Oct 17 from 5- 8 p.m. at the Oldemeyer Center in Seaside.

There will be a panel discussion on Why Black Lives Matter is Exactly the Right Term (as opposed to All Lives Matter). We will then break out in small groups where we can do more personal work and make further connections.

A large part of the evening will focus on hearing about opportunities to take action to eliminate racism in our community.