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This is an anti-racist training workshop for grassroots social justice activists who want to work for racial justice and challenge white privilege in all their social justice work. It is a project of the Challenging White Supremacy Workshops of San Francisco.

GOALS: The workshop will introduce participants to:

* An historical analysis of the U.S. white supremacy system and the legacies of resistance to white supremacy in communities of color;
* An historical, institutional analysis of white privilege, its intersections with other systems of oppression, and its effects on social justice movements;
* Analyses, strategies and practices of some Bay Area grassroots racial justice work;
* Examples of some Bay Area anti-racist organizing in predominantly white social justice movements; and
* Practicing and modeling respectful and accountable behavior in all our anti-racist work.

WHEN AND WHERE: The workshop will meet on Sundays from 4pm to 7:30pm in San Francisco. The location is near BART and bus stops, and is accessible by bike. Car parking is challenging. The workshop is on the third floor of a building without elevators.

DRAFT AGENDA (subject to change):

* Friday night, Sat/Sunday March 5,6 & 7: Orientation+++
  3 hours Friday evening; 5 hours Sat & Sunday afternoons. (3pm-8pm)
  +++ Note different times from rest of workshop sessions.
* March 20: How Mother Earth Became a Piece of Real Estate
* March 27: Legacies of Liberation
* April 3: Women of Color Feminism and Organizing
* April 10: Creating an Anti-Racist Agenda
* April 17: Challenging State Violence: The 'Heart of Whiteness'
* April 2: Grassroots Anti-Racist Fundraising
* May 1: Organizing for Racial and Economic Justice
* May 8: Shinin' the Lite on White Privilege in Social Justice Movements
* May 15: Organizing for Immigrant Rights
* May 22: Anti-racist organizing in mostly white social justice movements
* June 5: Anti-Racism and Anti-Imperialism: Palestine Solidarity
* Sat June 11: Accountability and Solidarity
* Sun June 12: Evaluation and Next Steps


Every participant will be expected to volunteer 6-8 hours per week in a racial justice organization. cws will arrange placements for all participants, unless you are already volunteering or working with a racial justice organization. A partial listing (as of December 2004) of cws racial justice placements for Spring 2005 include:

Books not Bars (a project of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights), California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Californians for Justice, Childcare Collective, Critical Resistance, Freedom Archives, Greenaction, Just Cause Oakland, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, POWER: People Organized to Win Employment Rights, and the San Francisco Day Labor Program.


The workshop program is based on the concept that anti-racist analysis and practice go hand in hand to create 'reflective action.' As a workshop participant, you will have the opportunity to:

* Practice and Model Respectful Behavior' to challenge white privilege;
* Practice small group anti-racist facilitation skills;
* Practice 'Each One Teach One' anti-racist organizing;
* Practice grassroots anti-racist fundraising;
* Strengthen your practice of accountability and solidarity in your racial justice work; and
* Strengthen your capacities to analyze and discuss different strategies of grassroots organizing in Bay Area communities of color and in predominantly white social justice movements.

COSTS: $10 with application, $125 registration; = $135 total.

CWS Workshop 2440 - 16th. St. PMB #275 San Francisco, CA 94103 415-647-0921