November WRE Action Meeting – 11/9/17

Next month’s Whites for Racial Equity community action will take place on Thursday, Nov 9 from 5-7 pm at the Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby in Seaside. We will join other local and state organizations as we look at ways to build strong and diverse communities.

WRE will have an informational table at this event with information about our group and activities.

There will be ample opportunities for members to network with other social justice advocates.

Free food and childcare provided.

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October 2017 Meeting

Racism is deeply rooted in the American psyche and throughout all our institutions. And no matter how well-meaning and open-minded we may be, it is easy to unknowingly perpetuate racism. Join us tomorrow as we learn how to be more effective and authentic allies.

What’s a microaggression?  A microinvalidation? How do we respond to the many faces of racism?

These bimonthly Saturday meetings provide a safe and supportive time for white people to dig deep, educate ourselves and take an honest assessment of our words and actions.

Stop Racism: Standing for Unity and Remembrance

Stop Racism: Standing for Unity and Remembrance. Whites for Racial Equity, along with many other community groups, will hold a vigil to honor those we have lost at the hands of law enforcement.

Saturday, Sept 16, 1917, from 11-1 pm, near CVS 2170 Fremont St., Monterey We hope you and your friends will join us as we stand together against white supremacy and the continued killings of people of color.

Parking will be challenging.  Pay particular attention to signage regarding permit parking or parking for residents only.

May 2017 Meeting

Whites  for Racial Equity meets this Saturday, May 13 from 2-5pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd., Carmel.

Last week, between 100-200 UCSC students held a three-day protest speaking out against a “hostile climate” on the campus. The school group, Afrikan Black Student Alliance,  facilitated the takeover of an administrative building. The NAACP Monterey chapter asked if members of Whites for Racial Equity would be willing and able to assist the students. Before specific requests were worked out, the UCSC  situation was resolved. This is not the first group to ask WRE for more active ally ship.

So, there are questions we must answer. We need to look further at who we are— both as individuals and as WRE, what actions we are willing to take, and what tools do we need to develop (ie:phone tree) and new ways to support POC led groups.

We will be using specific exercises at this Saturday’s meeting to help us discover and strengthen our ally ship.

April 2017 Meeting

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) and the local Monterey County chapter, Whites for Racial Equity, are committed to ending white supremacy, and to work for racial equity.

Our role, as part of a multi-racial movement, is to help open the eyes, hearts and minds of white people to the brutality and total pervasiveness of racism.  We are dedicated to educating one another, reflecting upon and deepening our own awareness and actions, and to being accountable to people of color. Whites for Racial Equity is not meant to be  the ultimate destination for anti-racist white folks. We are a training ground and support group for members to gain consciousness, experience political education, learn skills, and practice anti-racist work in a way/place that not only doesn’t cause harm to people of color, but that actually supports and amplifies their goals.

Ms Delgado, in her article Whites Only, https://medium.com/@thedididelgado/whites-only-the-caucasian-invasion-of-racial-justice-spaces-7e2529ec8314, raises some very important  points.  SURJ has been actively working on addressing many of them, as have we. And, there is always room for improvement.

Whites for Racial Equity will devote its next monthly meeting to assessing what we’ve been doing and how we’ve been working over the past 18 months. What’s our accountability?  Are we effective in our actions? Where can we grow? How do we determine that?

Feb. 2017 Meeting

Our next monthly meeting is Saturday, Feb 11 from 2-5 at CSUMB Health and Wellness Center. This month’s meeting will focus on Staying Engaged and Being Effective: Our Personal and Collective Journey. Inspired by an amazing speech from Bettina Aptheker (full text is on our web site-please read prior to meeting) we will look at how we can be the best change agents possible. Our newly formed focus groups will have a chance to  share their committee work with the group. These meetings are a time for white people to go deeper in our awareness and to plan and commit to actions that will work to dismantle racism. See Toni Morrison clip below.

Jan. 2017 Meeting

Our next monthly WRE meeting will be on Sat., Jan 14 from 2-5 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church (490 Aguajito Rd., Carmel) Our monthly meetings (2nd Saturday of each month) are designed for white people to take risks, and to dig deep, as we examine white privilege more critically and personally.

In the first hour of this meeting we will delve further into the various parts of the Black Lives Matter Platform and sign up for specific interest groups that we will work on locally- see survey below. Beginning at 3pm, we are invited to join in Songs of Hope and Resistance.

October 2016 Meeting

This Saturday, October 8 from 2-5 pm, Whites for Racial Equity will hold its monthly meeting at the Oldemeyer Center (Bayonet Room). We will continue to look at the Black Lives Matter platform and discuss the next steps for ways to implement it locally. We will be building our ally skills through specific role plays. Other topics to be discussed will include voter registration and Prop 57.

Sept. 2016 Meeting

We have our Whites for Racial Equity monthly meeting this Sat., Sept 10 from 2-5 at CSUMB  Health & Wellness Services, 6012 General Jim Moore Blvd, Marina, CA 93933, USA (map). Remember that you must buy a parking sticker from one of the yellow kiosks…approx. $3.

 

We will be taking an in depth look at the Movement for Black Lives Platform. Here is a link to a summary of the platform 22 page BLM Platform vision booklet. Please read before our meeting. And here’s a link to their web site

https://policy.m4bl.org/

August 2016 Meeting/Panel Discussion

Whites for Racial Equity and NCBI Monterey County  (as part of the Recommitting to End Racism series) invite you to

Racism in Monterey County: A panel presentation

Oldemeyer Center, Seaside

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Doors open: 6:45 pm Program: 7-9 pm

No Charge; Donations are accepted

Whites for Racial Equity has organized this event as part of our efforts to increase white peoples’ awareness of the various ways that racism manifests in our community. We believe that hearing real stories of the impact of racism from folks in our community will strengthen white people’s commitment to taking action to dismantle racism. The presentation will provide an excellent opportunity for white people to listen.

This is generally what to expect from the evening:

  • We will start with a 4-member panel of African American and Mexican American adults sharing personal experiences and their family’s experiences with institutional and unaware racism.
  • We will have time for the audience to process the impact of what they have heard in small groups with members of their racial identity group.
  • The panel will share additional ideas related to ways of increasing awareness and suggestions for taking action to dismantle racism and promote racial equity in our community.
  • We will close by giving audience members an opportunity to share the specific gifts they have received from our panel.