UNDOING RACISM & COMMUNITY ORGANIZING WORKSHOP
Saturday, May 21st, 2005
9am – 5pm in Communications room 126
(you must be able to stay the whole time!)
RSVP to Megan Wilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Undoing Racism & Community Organizing workshop is designed to educate,
challenge, and empower people to “undo” racist structures that hinder effective
social change. These two one day sessions will be especially designed for
social work students and practitioners and were requested and organized by UW
social work students.
The workshop is offered by the People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond and
People’s Institute Northwest, a multiracial, antiracist collective of veteran
organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social
The workshop addresses the following areas:
Analyzing Power - Effective organizing requires accurate analysis of the
that keep racism in place, why people are poor, how institutions perpetuate the
imbalance of power, and who is responsible for maintaining the status quo.
Defining Racism - In order to undo racism, it must be understood. Organizers
educators who intend to build effective coalitions need to be very clear about
what racism is and what it is not in order to avoid serious strategic and
Understanding the Manifestations of Racism- Racism operates in more than just
individual and institutional settings. The dynamics of cultural racism,
linguistic racism, and militarism as applied racism are examined.
Learning from History - Racism has distorted, suppressed and denied the
histories of people of color and white people as well. An accurate knowledge of
history is a necessary organizing tool as well as a source of personal and
Sharing Culture - One of the most effective
methods of oppression is to deny a people its
history and culture. The training process strongly emphasizes "cultural
as a critical organizing tool.
Organizing to Undo Racism - Community
organizing principles are discussed in terms of how communities can achieve
concrete results in dismantling the structures of racism.