White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action - Part 1

People of all racial identities are welcome to join us as we focus on the role of white people in dismantling racism and building a just society. In these workshops, we use a multi-pronged approach to growing both our understanding and our capacity for action. In part1 we'll examine the impact of white privilege and how being unaware of that advantage helps perpetuate racism. We’ll discuss short readings, videos, podcasts and other materials to enhance our understanding. We will share everyday situations we have confronted and using role plays, work out effective ways to respond to and challenge racism. Each participant will develop a specific plan for challenging racism (in the workplace, organizations, community and personal circles) and will be encouraged to find other people in their lives who can provide support and serve as allies in implementing the plan. Co-facilitators include: Barbara Beckwith, Blake Benton, Nicole Chininis, Shannon Fuller, Jennifer Yanco

Sections

WPCR-WI20.01

Start Date

March 7, 2020

Time

9:30am

Location

CCAE

Cost

$90.00

Availability

0

3 Saturdays, 9:30am-1pm. Begins Mar. 7 No class Mar. 21

Instructors: Barbara Beckwith, Blake Benton

WPCR-SP20.01

Start Date

April 6, 2020

Time

7:45pm

Location

CCAE

Cost

$90.00

Availability

9

5 Mondays, 7:45-9:15pm. Begins Apr. 6 No class Apr. 20

Instructors: Jennifer Yanco, Nicole Chininis

Instructors

Barbara Beckwith

Barbara Beckwith co-facilitates "White People Challenging Racism: Moving From Talk to Action"; she also co-teaches "Getting Your Essays Out In the World." She is a freelance journalist (M.A. in journalism, Boston University) whose articles and essays appear in local and national magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. Co-author of Standing Up to the SAT, she more recently published (2009) a booklet of essays, What Was I Thinking? Reflecting on Everyday Racism, available from cddbooks.com. As Co-Chair of the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union (nwuboston.org) and co-chair of its diversity committee, she co-wrote and co-edited Strength Through Diversity: A Handbook for Locals (www.nwu.org) She is a volunteer for the Library on Racism at Community Change (communitychangeinc.org).

Website: barbarabeckwith.net

Blake Benton

Jennifer Yanco

With the encouragement of CCAE’s Tracy Gibbs, Jennifer developed and facilitated the first White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action workshop series at CCAE in the fall of 1999, mentoring new facilitators who have taught the workshop at various venues and who, in turn, have
mentored other new facilitators, in a continuing process of renewal and change. Jennifer grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent much of the 70s and 80s in Africa — first as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Niger, experiences which forever changed her perspective on herself, the US, and the world. In the 90s she was on the staff of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, authors of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and from 2003 until 2018, served as the US director of the West African Research Association. Her book, Misremembering Dr. King: Revisiting the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., was published in January 2014. Jennifer is a long-time resident of Medford.

Nicole Chininis