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White Supremacists Came to Us

By |September 24th, 2017|

The week after the violence in Charlottesville, I spoke with my father about the neo-Nazis and how emboldened they are right now. He said that he was proud to have a daughter who was standing up to racism. Not more than a few sentences later, however, he advised that I stay away from any demonstrations […]

Spirit and Soul in Challenging Times

By |May 29th, 2017|

I have been inspired this last month by the growing number of people creating networks, workshops,  and curricula that combine healing practices with racial identity and justice work. Recent conversations brought to mind a particular conceptual framing that has been really meaningful to me. It’s what helps me hold the spiritual conception of transcendence in […]

Accountability, Spirituality, and Living in the Tension

By |March 26th, 2017|

Are you a member of a liberal or progressive spiritual/religious organization invested in social justice?
Does the organization struggle when it comes to living out principles of racial justice?
Do you feel conflicted and/or confused when called to be accountable to people of color?

If you answered “yes” to at least two of the questions above, you […]

Let’s Talk About Race!: A TEDx Talk by Shelly Tochluk

By |February 28th, 2017|

After three months of writing, practicing, and meditation designed to help me get over my phobia of video cameras, I finally delivered this talk. It highlights four strategies that help me stay grounded when navigating race. I hope it is useful for those who care about racial justice and are on the journey toward creating […]

“The First 30 Days of Trump” – Courage Against Racism

By |January 31st, 2017|

On February 25th, a panel discussion, “The First 30 Days of Trump,” will take place in Los Angeles as part of a Courage Against Racism program. I had a hard time saying yes to the invitation to be a panelist, concerned that my voice won’t be strong enough to adequately match the people of color […]

Community Concerns and Interests Survey

By |December 27th, 2016|

Please read and share! We need some info from you and yours via a 3-minute survey.

For the last 13 years, I have been blessed to be part of AWARE-LA, an organization that approaches anti-racism and activism with an attitude that uplifts personal and collective healing. AWARE-LA recognizes that we need to be responsive (not reactive) […]

Unmasking Whiteness 2017 – Registration Open!

By |November 24th, 2016|

AWARE-LA will offer its 9th annual workshop series on building white anti-racist practice and community in an intensive 4-day institute designed specifically for white people from Thursday, July 27th through Sunday, July 30th, 2017. The event will take place on the downtown Los Angeles, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny campus.

We limit this group to approximately […]

10 Strategies to Stay Engaged in Race Conversations

By |October 29th, 2016|

As we approach the holiday season, I thought it might be worthwhile to offer an excerpt from Living in the Tension (Chapter 2) that provides a set of 10 approaches that might be useful when trying to remain present and open during critical conversations about race that challenge one’s self-concept. My hope is that you’ll […]

Cross-race friendships are great, but they will not solve the problem.

By |June 25th, 2016|

What follows is an incomplete version of a speech I delivered at the Rochester YWCA – Person 2 Person Graduation Dinner on June 21, 2016. I am posting it because a number of people asked me for the full transcript following the event. Note: Much was added extemporaneously (probably the best parts). I have attempted […]

The Mandate of Living a Spiritual Life: Work to End Surplus Suffering

By |May 16th, 2016|

While at a family gathering nearly two decades ago, I challenged a conversation between my father and a family friend, both white men in their late 40’s. That evening, these men spoke of their common wish to retire to Mexico, where life would be considerably cheaper. I initially sat in stunned silence, having just recently […]