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Whites for Racial Equity is a group of white people who are committed to dismantling racism.  We are taking responsibility for learning about systemic racism, our own internalized racism, white privilege, and ways to challenge it. We believe that our humanity depends upon it. 

In order to end racism and the idea of white supremacy, white people need to cultivate racial competency and discover the ways we enact, consciously or unconsciously, our own white privilege.  This can be difficult and uncomfortable work. Our meetings and events provide a safe place for us to examine white privilege more critically.  We can begin to build a new culture of white anti-racismlearn the skills needed to transform the larger community and support one another in the process.

This group is not a replacement for multi-racial activism — far from it.  But, we need to do our work. White supremacy is our problem as white people. We created it and we benefit from it and so we must work to dismantle it. 

Whites for Racial Equity meet the second Saturday of each month from 2-5 pm at Cal. State Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

NEXT MEETING

What When Where
Whites for Racial Equity Meeting - Mirrors of Privilege, Making Whiteness Visible January 9, 2016 - 2-5 PM Cal State Monterey Bay - Health & Wellness Building 80
We will show the film, Mirrors of Privilege, Making Whiteness Visible, followed by a large group discussion with break-out sessions.
We shall use this groundbreaking film and conversation guide to help bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change. Featuring stories from white men and women on overcoming issues of unconscious bias and entitlement, it is an powerful and unique tool in diversity work.
The stories in the film reveal what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear, and shame into making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice. This film catalyzes powerful dialogue to support the learning, change and healing of all people who want to undo race-based oppression. Featuring: Tim Wise, Joe Fahey, Peggy V. McIntosh, Marguerite Parks, Gary Howard and many more. Watch Trailer


Other Local Events

What When Where
Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Celebration Presented by the National Pan Hellenic Council and the city of Seaside Monday, January 18, 2016 11:00 PM: Marchers will assemble at the corner of Noche Buena and Broadway/Obama Way for march
12:00 PM: March to Oldemeyer Center, Seaside
1:00PM program @ Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, CA

Speaker: Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, twice elected Mayor of Gary, Indiana

On December 31, 2011, Karen Freeman-Wilson became the first woman to lead the steel city of Gary, Indiana and the first African-American female mayor in Indiana. Freeman-Wilson is a twiceelected Gary City Judge. She served as Indiana state attorney general. Also, Freeman-Wilson served as the Executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commissions. In 2015, she was appointed chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Public Safety & Crime Prevention Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control. The committee advocates on behalf of America’s cities and towns before congress. Freeman-Wilson also chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors/ Police Chiefs working group on Police Community Relations. Her contributions have also been acknowledged by U.S. Drug Czar, Indiana Governors, and Supreme Court Justices throughout the United States. Freeman-Wilson graduated from Harvard College (cum laude) and from Harvard Law School. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc. For more information call A. Jordan 831-899-3391 or T. Goodrich 831-277-7177

What When Where
Book Discussion - Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson January 19, February 2, and February 16 Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel.

Facilitator: Rev. Elaine Gehrmann, rev.elaine@uucmp.org

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, is the topic of an upcoming three session book discussion at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula. Stevenson, an African American attorney, writes about his personal experiences representing poor people, people of color, women and children incarcerated on death row or sentenced to die in prison. He makes a powerful case that the opposite of poverty is not wealth but justice. He reveals truths about the U.S. criminal justice system by sharing individual stories, taking the reader up close to see the results of unjust, life- and soul-destroying policies and practices. Rev. Elaine Gehrmann will lead a three session book discussion of Just Mercy, on three Tuesday evenings at 7 pm-- January 19, February 2, and February 16, at the UU Church, 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel. Participants should read the book before the first session and be prepared to engage deeply with its contents and supplemental material provided in class. If you have questions or would like to order a book, please contact Elaine, rev.elaine@uucmp.org.

National Coalition Building Institute - Coming Together for Racial and Social Justice - Encore Edition: We Can do More Together January 30, 2016 - 2-5 PM Oldemeyer Center - Seaside Room

The workshop will include:

1. Identifying and welcoming social identities such as race, class, gender, LGBTQ, religion, age, etc
2. An introduction to ally-ship and privilege
3. Brainstorming local issues
4. Resources and opportunities for involvement with local groups


CoDE of Ethics for Antiracist White Allies

By jLove Calderon and Tim Wise

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