POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Anti Racism 101 for White People

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POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

This workshop will take place on scared territorial land of the Anishinabek Nation, including the Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee Confederacy including the Senecas, the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations.

Words like Structural Racism and White Supremacy have entered our day to day lexicon, but white people are still often unsure of how to engage with what they mean let alone anti-racism work itself. Many white folks truly do want to develop their anti-racism politics, if we want to effectively address racism in our day to day lives and fight things like systemic racism though we must all come to an understanding of these terms and work together effectively for racial justice. We need to develop a clear understanding of what racism is, how it operates given our social location, and what we can do to end it.

White people often think of racism as interpersonal prejudice, ignorance, or negative stereotypes about People of Color. This definition often leads to the assumption that the solution to racism is to challenge misinformation about People of Color or other marginalized groups or to convince white people to be more accepting.

This leaves out crucial things like proactive action and a nuanced understanding of how both systemic racism work and how interpersonal and systemic racism interact. In this workshop, white folks who want to learn to incorporate a better anti-racist analyses into their work and day to day lives will be challenged and given space to begin the learning/unlearning process.

Showing Up For Racial Justice Toronto (SURJ Toronto) is a local chapter of an international organization committed to moving white people and communities into action to support racial justice movements as part of a broader multi-racial majority. As settlers on Indigenous land, we commit to working towards decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty. We work to support and collaborate with local and national racial justice and decolonization organizing led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) organizers.


Workshop Agenda

6:00 - 6:15 - Welcome and Land Acknowledgement
6:15 - 6:45 - Introductions & Goal Setting
6:45 - 7:15 - What is Whiteness?
7:15 - 7:45 - What is Anti-Racism?
7:45 - 8:30 - Non-Violent Communication Scenarios
8:30 - 9:00 - Wrap Up (SURJ)

Date: Monday February 4

Time: 6-9 PM

Location: TBA

Accessibility:

This is a wheelchair accessible location. Subway tokens available to attendees by request. There will be an excerise where we'll ask you to go outside and do some real-life scouting practices, so please dress for the weather.

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Frankie (they/them) is a white queer non-binary facilitator from London (UK). They moved to Toronto in 2018 and have been a professional speaker and facilitator for three years working through a social justice lens with youth across the UK, USA and Canada.

Kit (he/him, they/them) is a white settler born and living on the land we currently call Toronto. For the last two years he’s done a lot of informal education work with other white folk, with a focus on building our individual and collective capacity to move deeper into racial justice work. He is currently part of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Toronto’s Basebuilding and leadership teams.

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