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The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites presents:
2014 Anti-Racist White Organizing Institute
October 5th – October 15th, 2014*
*New condensed version this year. Come check it out!
Preferred Application Deadline: August 30th, 2014
This multi-week Anti-Racist White Organizing Institute (OI) will create a space for white people to:
develop and deepen our analysis of racism, white privilege, intersectionality, and accountability,
develop and deepen our skills in naming and framing racism, allyship, and taking action for racial justice,
build and strengthen a community of anti-racist white people working for the liberation of all people while actively honoring the leadership of people of color in our community,
make commitments to apply our racial justice skills in the Seattle area.
The OI is centered in a shared experience of white privilege and is offered by white people for white people. We are intentionally creating a space for white people to learn, struggle and grow together. Too often, this burden of educating white people about racism falls on people of color. As white people, we must take responsibility for our role in ending white privilege, which includes educating each other about racism and how we benefit from it.
The learning community will encompass organizers from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We welcome those both new to organizing and anti-oppression work and those with experience as well.
Expectations: We expect participants to attend all sessions (especially with the condensed version), to participate in the potluck, and complete the assigned readings or work assigned between sessions. Expect 2-4 hours per week of homework (e.g., readings, reflection journaling, meeting with other participants, etc.) as part of your commitment.
Dates: The OI will be held on the following dates (Location TBD):
Sunday: October 5th from 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: October 8th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: October 12th from 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: October 15th from 6:00 PM – 9:00PM
Ongoing Commitment: The CARW Anti-Racist Organizing Institute is more than a training we expect all participants in the OI will make a one-year commitment to participate in CARW’s monthly meetings and organizing efforts in 2015. Ongoing monthly time commitment is 3-6+ hours per month. This year we will be focusing on bringing people through the OI who are interested in becoming Member Organizers. For more information on CARW’s new structure please see the website.
Accessibility: If you have any questions about accessibility or require any other accommodations, please contact us in advance so we can work with you to meet your needs. If you require childcare during the sessions, we will work to arrange it upon request. Please let us know!
Cost: All coordination and training for the OI is provided on a voluntary basis. The fees from the OI are the main source of funding for CARW and help cover the costs of the OI, ongoing CARW operations, and supporting people of color-led organizations. Cost is $200. Please be thoughtful about what you can afford and donate generously. No one should be discouraged to attend because of cost. A sliding scale fee of $5-$199 is possible if you are low income.
Space: In order to facilitate a supportive learning environment, space is limited to about 24 participants. The OI planning committee will review all applications and bring together a learning community of white people with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. Not all applicants will be admitted.
Deadline: Preferred deadline is 8/30, but applications will be accepted until the first day of the Organizing Institute (10/5). Notification of acceptance on 9/20 or earlier. You may submit this applicationrbccameredith) or by mail (sent to 708 Lake Washington Blvd. South, Seattle 98144). This application can also be conducted orally if you prefer.
Questions? We are happy to discuss any questions you may have over email, phone, or in person. Do not hesitate to contact us.
Phone: Becca (206) 802-8813
Greetings CARW Community,
All are invited to… [PLEASE SHARE WIDELY}
The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites’
June Public Workshop
Saturday, June 14th 2014
11:00pm to 3:00pm
Suggested Donation $5 – $20
*Light lunch will be provided*
Washington Hall (153 14th Ave. Seattle, Washington 98122)
RSVP to Becca at rbccameredith // (206) 802-8813
*This workshop is for anyone interested in getting involved in CARW to support racial justice organizing in Seattle*
The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) is holding a public workshop on Saturday, June 14th 2014. This workshop is a training opportunity for white folks new to anti-racist organizing in Seattle and interested in CARW’s work.
Starting in 2012, CARW’s monthly meetings are now specifically for CARW Member Organizers, and this public workshop is for those who are not Members, but are interested in learning more about becoming a Member Organizer to support anti-racist organizing in Seattle. We also know there are many white people out there, including CARW Base Supporters, who have been interested in CARW’s annual White Anti-Racist Organizing Institute but have not been able to participate for various reasons. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to attend this workshop.
During the 4-hour session we will be present some of the anti-racist analysis that is foundational to CARW’s work. We hope this training helps propel you on your journey to becoming a stronger white ally for racial justice in your relationships, family, work, school, or volunteer activities.
This is the workshop to attend if you are a new to CARW or a base supporter who has not been through the Organizing Institute.
The June Public Workshop will include:
- Intro to CARW: who we are and what we do
- Anti-racism 101: building a common analysis for organizing
- The role of white folks in a movement for racial justice
- CARW’s work and how you can get involved
- There is a ramp into the building.
- Fragrances may be present, although we will request all participants refrain from scented products.
- Vegan food options will be provided. Please let us know about any other food allergies.
- Interpretation and childcare will be provided to the best of our abilities upon request.
- For additional accessibility needs please contact Becca (rbccameredith // (206) 802-8813)
Want to learn more? Please join CARW and Jewish Voice for Peace on Friday, May 16th, to hear about Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and the Israeli Occupation!
Heard of campaigns against SodaStream, Veolia, or Ahava? Go deeper into the need for such campaigns with renowned speaker Baum, who will provide a close-up legal, economic, and activist examination of the of the lucrative Israeli Settlement Industry. Then learn how the world is stepping up to shut down Settlement profiteering, from international courtrooms to big banks to the streets of Seattle.
Friday, May 16th, Elliot Bay Room, Pike’s Place Market
7PM – Presentation by Dalit Baum followed by Q & A
Jewish Voice for Peace is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights.
About the Burst the Bubble Campaign
SodaStream is a product made in the occupied West Bank in Palestine in the industrial park of the illegal settlement Maaleh Adumim. Due to the location of its factory, SodaStream received significant tax breaks and is able to exploit cheap Palestinian labor. At the same time, SodaStream entrenches the Israeli Occupation of Palestine by justifying further land grabs, enabling the “separation barrier” to be built around the settlement, and actually supporting settlement expansion by paying municipal taxes to Maaleh Adumim. You can learn more about SodaStream at our new website: www.burstthebubble.org.
JVP is coordinating this campaign in response to the 2005 call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations. The BDS movement is a powerful tool that is placing significant pressure on Israel to end its occupation of Palestine.
Sur La Table is the second largest cook wear company in the country, next to Williams-Sonoma. It was founded locally, in Seattle, and continues to be headquartered here. For this reason, it has been a strategic target to further the boycott of SodaStream.
Excited to see you all Saturday! Invite your people. Please consider donating if you can’t make it out, or even if you can.
As many of you know, on April 5th there will be a large rally outside the Northwest Detention Center, a privately-run immigration detention center in Tacoma, WA. I hope you can come!
Details about this event, and a link to the petition you can sign are at the bottom of this email.
Whether or not you can join us Saturday, please consider donating to the families of detainees and hunger strikers. We are raising funds both for their organizing efforts, families’ abilities to stay in touch with each other (gas money to visit the detention center, money to make phone calls), and for the survival of families of detainees who are struggling.
Thank you so much to all of you who have generously donated already! Our goal is $5,000 byApril 5th. At this point, we have raised $4,453. Please give in solidarity with the hunger strikers at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
(Thanks to Leah Montange for some of the language above)
Come out to Tacaoma this Saturday to call for an end to deportations and justice for hunger strikers! #2Million2Many! (Link to Facebook invite).
What: Rally, Workshops and March in Support of Human Rights Leaders in Detention and the National Campaign to Stop Deportations
When: April 5, Noon to 5
Here’s the schedule:
12noon to 1 sign and art making
1pm-2pm workshops / teach-ins
Where: The Northwest Detention Center
Who: Speakers include Families of Human Rights Leaders; Jose Moreno, hunger striker who has been released; Maru Mora Villalpando, Sandy Restrepo, Carino Barragan and AngelicaChazaro, leaders of the Feb. 24th action and strike support efforts
Visuals: Giant whale puppet (humpback whales migrate) Many artistically done banners and homemade signs in English and Spanish that say You are not alone; Not1More Deportation; Deferred Action for All; 2 Million 2 Many. Several hundred people gathered making enough noise to be heard by those held in the immigration prison.
As part of the national #Not1more Deportation campaign and in support of those held inside the Northwest Detention Center on strike and in solitary confinement, several hundred people will gather outside the Northwest Detention Center for an afternoon of protest and education about the conditions inside, how the current immigration practices are tearing apart families and destroying communities; and what the Obama administration can do to end the destruction.
The protest is prompted by the record deportations under the Obama administration which are anticipated to hit the milestone of two million removals since he took office. They say their families can’t wait for relief and that the President doesn’t have to wait for Congress or a review to use his executive authority to stop the suffering. He could expand the deferred action program he created for immigrant youth and suspend deportations immediately. The Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations to the President will be unveiled. It is expected to outline eight steps that the President can take right now.
“We don’t need a review, we need the President to stop separating our families” explains Maru Mora Villalpando, one of the national report’s authors and event organizers. “If he feels our pain, he can give us relief with the stroke of a pen.” Mora-Villalpando, a successful political strategist and consultant, came out as undocumented when she took to the streets on Feb. 24th to stop the deportation buses. The 25 men locked in the immigration jail stated in their March 6 Call for Action: “Today we join ourselves to that effort and demand that the Federal Executive (Mr. President Barack Obama), use his presidential authority and order a total stop to the unjust deportations that are separating families, destroying homes, and bringing uncertainty, insecurity and unhappy futures to our children, our loved ones. We are being treated like the worst criminals, our freedom is limited in the name of laws that have no moral basis and that were in turn created during a moment of terror and confusion.”
The organizers cite the Secure Communities (S-Comm) deportation quota program, first activated in parts of Washington State in April of 2012, as an engine behind separating local families who could benefit from reform. Since its activation, S-Comm deported more than 2,600 Washington State residents.
Several months ago the four organizers came together to explore ways to dramatize the need for reform. They invited a small group of immigration activists to join the planning and in the early morning hours of Feb. 24th that blocked the buses and vans leaving the Northwest Detention Center, preventing the deportation of 120 people that day. Inspired by this expression of care, those held in the detention center decided to advocate for themselves and their families through a hunger strike. They begin it on Friday, March 7 and it continues. The Feb. 24th group with many new supporters have rallied around the human rights leaders inside the immigration prison and have a daily presence at the once ignored facility.
Retaliation was swift and both overt and subtle. Yet, the strike continues for an end to deportations and the separation of families, reasonable bonds, wholesome food, fair pay and respectful treatment.Their strike has received substantial local and even national coverage and sparked protests in Oregon, New York and Florida.
To stop deportations and immigration prisons, groups across the country are making April 5th a national day of action under the banner “Two Million Too Many,” saying that the President’s approach on immigration needs to change.
More information on activities across the nation can be found at:http://bit.ly/april5n1m and by following #not1more and #2million2many
Petition on behalf of Hunger Strikers and latest releases available at:www.notonemoredeportation.com/2014/03/10/detention-hunger-strike/
Join Casa Latina (as part of the We Belong Together campaign) in a one day fast on Sunday April 6th to call for fair immigration reform and an end to deportations. You can fast in solidarity from anywhere and show your support via social media. Register via the link below.
Make it a full weekend of action by fasting in solidarity after a day or marches and rallies at the Northwest Detention Center on Saturday April 5th (need more information on those actions, reply to luke.t.quinn)
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