Well-Meaning White Folks: A Monthly Conversation Circle

Well-Meaning White Folks: A Monthly Conversation Circle

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$20 – $60

Location

Online event

Refund policy

Refunds up to 1 day before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

A circle-based conversation about the impacts—from helpful to harmful—of us well-intentioned white people

About this event

Many of us white folks have been raised to do good and to not be racist. Many have consciously chosen a humane and socially conscious lifestyle. We prioritize treating all people with dignity; we support important causes; we teach our children well.

So how do we make sense of claims that whiteness harms people of color, and that even well-intentioned white folks keep doing racist things?

This monthly conversation is an opportunity to explore whiteness: what it is and what it isn't, who benefits from it and how, and how systemic racism seeps into all of us in brilliant and devastating ways. Each month we’ll open a different doorway into understanding the accusation we hear everywhere: that it's whiteness that keeps some of us advantaged while depriving others the benefits we enjoy.

The circle process creates a humane, relational environment in which to experience feelings of unsafeness and discomfort that frequently accompany conversations around being white and well-intended. The tone is welcoming and honest, lighthearted and exploratory, revealing and nonjudgemental.

The circle occurs on the 15th of each month. Drop-ins and committed regulars are all welcome.

What You Can Expect

We will...

  • Use a circle-based, non-hierarchical, inclusive format that incorporates and reflects concrete anti-racist and racial equity principles
  • Gently and thoroughly explore what is meant by 'whiteness'
  • Experience creative questions and engaging activities designed to elicit truths , vulnerability, and humor

We might...

  • Identify some personal steps to explore or challenge racism in your self or your life
  • Make connections with people that may inspire keeping the conversation after the workshop
  • Experience some strong emotions

We won't...

  • Burden Black, Indigenous & People of Color with the task of educating us
  • Present a ready-made checklist of anti-racist actions you can choose from
  • Focus on perspectives that uphold the supremacy of anyone over anyone else
  • Reach closure, success or completion around this topic

Rates

The circle costs different rates for different people, depending on your ease of access to wealth. When deciding which rate applies to you, consider whether you own property, if your family has wealth to pass along, your citizenship status, your access to health care, your level of debt, etc.

Redistribution Rate: $60 This rate is for people who have more than enough resources to meet their basic needs and are able to support the participation of others

True Cost Rate: $40 This rate is the “true cost” of the circle and allows Martha to cover expenses related to creating and hosting it

Support Rate: $20 This rate is reserved for those who may sometimes struggle to meet basic needs and would be unable to attend this workshop at a higher rate

Martha donates 15% of her earnings each month to organizations positively impacting the lives of people historically and currently oppressed. Summer 2022 funds go Freedom Project, a Seattle area community-centered and culturally-responsive organization aiming to dismantle the institution of mass incarceration and heal its traumatic effects on individuals directly impacted by incarceration, on their loved ones, and on our community.

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Martha Hurwitz is a racial equity coach, consultant and facilitator focusing on racial equity. She is the granddaughter of Eastern European immigrants fleeing anti-Semitism who arrived in the U.S. as Jews became seen as whites. Awakened to how she benefits as a white person while so many others are systematically disadvantaged, Martha made an antiracist/pro-equity shift in her parenting, business concept, day-to-day priorities. She has an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a wide-ranging career centered around alternative education, democracy and liberation. She has co-founded a democratic/non-agist school, taught qigong to people with cancer, managed child welfare improvement efforts, and led Outward Bound courses.

Cancellations and Refunds

After registering, if you are unable to attend, you can transfer your place in the circle to a friend--as long as they understand what they're getting into. Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance, will incur a 10% fee, within 3-6 days a 20% fee. Cancellations made within 48 hours will not be refunded. EventBrite's fee cannot be refunded.

That said, I understand that all sorts of things happen in human lives. Feel free to reach out using the contact button in the footer.

Can't Make It?

I will be offering more circles, workshops and other events in the coming months. I also partner with james boutin in co-leading You Think You're White, Now What?. We have several dates listed through spring 2022. Use the contact button in the footer if you're interested in having me facilitate a private event, a group meeting or a specific workshop...or just if you have questions.

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