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Did you know that we have been trained to not talk about race in an era of white supremacy?

Collectively, we need to dismantle white supremacy. Part of this action is to talk about race in our society. Join us if you want this work. This session is also for you if you have any questions or curiosities about racial/white privilege, anti-racism, racism, why civil rights activists are protesting in the streets and/or institutional racism. All of us are welcome to attend these dialogue sessions. If interested, readings and films to help prepare are listed below.

We will hold these sessions online using Zoom. Expect a zoom link to be sent out prior to the session. Expect 2 facilitators present at each event. See below for background information about each of the facilitators.

Suggested donations for white bodied participants $5-25. Venmo: @Aliyya-Hatcher and/or @Megan-Thiele-2. If you are unable to make a donation, please do not let that keep you from attending.

If you have the time and capacity consider watching and reading through some of the resources listed below:

Film

"The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther." https://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/4/the_assassination_of_fred_hampton_how

"13th" https://www.mirror.co.uk/film/netflix-13th-ava-duvernay-documentary-22157992

Reading

In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, Ch. 1 by Christina Sharpe

https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-0-8223-6294-4_601.pdf

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness , Intro. and Ch. 1 by Michelle Alexander

https://www.vanderbilt.edu/ctp/The_New_Jim_Crow.pdf

"The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates here:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

"Anti-Racist Education and the Road Ahead" and/or "White Fragility" by DiAngelo here:

https://kvisit.com/8AE/-eAG

https://libjournal.uncg.edu/ijcp/article/viewFile/249/116

"white supremacy culture" by Tema Okun:

https://www.dismantlingracism.org/uploads/4/3/5/7/43579015/okun_-_white_sup_culture.pdf

Additional resources for anti-racism:

DiAngelo (from her book "What Does it Mean to Be White?"

https://kvisit.com/8AE/9eAG "What is Racism?"

https://kvisit.com/8AE/9uAG "Popular White Narratives that Deny Racism"

"Gramsci's Black Marx: Whither the Slave in Civil Society?" by Frank Wilderson, III here: http://damnthecaesars.org/pdfs/wilderson-gramsci.pdf

We encourage you to take notes on your thoughts and questions before, during and after the films and readings. Feel welcome to prompt discuss based on these reflections.

Please come prepared with questions or statements you would like to make.

We are able to provide additional resources and do what we can to answer all your questions, but we need you to be willing to ask us these questions.

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Aliyya Hatcher, M.A. is a Special Education teacher in Oakland. In her master’s program, her research focused on the school to prison pipeline and implicit bias. She is a proud womanist and plant lover, who is committed to working towards a more equitable world.

Megan Thiele, Ph.D., is a mama, Sociology Professor at San Jose State University and an earth-loving yogi. Politically radical, she believes we are meant to be just, equitable, sustainable and inclusive.

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