Interrupting Racism: A Practical Communication Skills Workshop ~ a community building initiative of Sustainable Vashon following up on Vashon Reads about Racism, Culture, and White Privilege
Many who attended the Vashon Reads kickoff, as well as other conversations on racism & white privilege, have requested a practical skills workshop. In response, island trainer, facilitator, and coach, Amanda Blaine* is offering to facilitate her own skill building workshop.
Questions to Consider:
What do you say when your co-worker tosses out a comment that makes you cringe? How do you respond to the comments of a relative or friend? What is your reaction to hearing a racist joke? How do you respond to upsetting posts on FaceBook? What do you do when you realize you've just offended someone?
Bring your difficult race conversations, scenarios, interactions, and challenges. During the workshop, we'll learn and practice reliable strategies for engaging in race conversations & acting as allies, without causing disconnection. Whether or not you have specific situations in mind, you will find the practical aspects of this workshop applicable to your everyday life.
*Amanda Blaine developed a passion for social justice growing up in Massachusetts in a family of Eastern European Jews shaped by the Holocaust. She began to understand her experience as a white person in the US when she encountered the idea of systemic oppression over 10 years ago. Since then, she’s been working with youth and adults to transform separation into connection around issues of race, class, and gender. She’s grateful to many colleagues and teachers of color for supporting her in the ongoing process of uncovering her racial blind spots. You can read her writing on Teaching Tolerance: www.tolerance.org/author/amanda-blaine.
We plan to offer this workshop again in late September. If you are interested, let us know! And please spread the word.
To all of you who participated in our launch of Vashon Reads on Thursday, thank you for being part of this initiative. To those of you who weren’t able to come but who have expressed interest in staying involved, there are many ways to participate.
Share our extensive resource list: Vashon_Reads_-_6.19.16.pdf Please send us additons, particularly for our latest section entitled "Projects & Programs".
Keep the conversation going by reading our selected books as well as other books on racism & white privilege.
You can purchase many of them at Vashon Bookshop or check them out at the Vashon Library.
Happy in our Skin, Golden Domes & Silver Lanterns, These Hands,
Abuela (English and Spanish)
Migrant, Mr. Lincoln’s Way
Teen – Adult:
All American Boys
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
Watch this youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpUouaQeUwA White American’s as catalysts for racial justice | Carmen Henne-Ochoa | TEDxBucknellUniversity
Vashon Reads is part of an island-wide movement to acknowledge and address racism on Vashon and beyond. It emerged from outrage over the murders of innumerable people-of-color nationwide, racist events locally, and confusion about the role white people, in particular, have to play in advocating for racial equity.
Ann Braden, a newspaper journalist, who lived from 1924-2006, wrote,
"The battle is and always has been a battle for the hearts and minds of white people in this country.The fight against racism is our issue. It’s not something that we’re called on to help People of Color with. We need to become involved with it as if our lives depended on it because really, in truth, they do.”
Come meet your neighbors, join the conversation, buy books, and explore ways to make Vashon a welcoming place for all.
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