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A Review of “Living in the Tension” from Lucky Altman Lynch

By |March 21st, 2016|

With much nervous anticipation, last month I packaged 20 envelopes, each with a pre-production copy of my new book, Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice, inside the envelop. Along with the book was a letter asking the recipient to provide me with feedback as well as my hope that the […]

Unmasking Whiteness 2016 – Registration Open

By |February 24th, 2016|

AWARE-LA will offer its 8th annual workshop series on building white anti-racist practice and community in an intensive 4-day institute designed specifically for white people from Thursday, August 4th through Sunday, August 7th, 2016. The event will take place on the downtown Los Angeles, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny campus.

We limit this group to approximately […]

Dialogue Scenes on Race for Schools’ Professional Development

By |February 19th, 2016|

This is an alert about a set of dialogue scenes that provide school communities with tools to guide discussion among administration, faculty, and staff about common, destructive interaction patterns and attitudes arising from 1) white privilege, 2) internalized superiority, and 3) unresolved emotions.

This set was inspired by requests from many educators (over several years) who […]

Racing into the Future (2016), by john a. powell

By |January 24th, 2016|

john a. powell is a legal scholar, civil rights activist, and all-around brilliant human being. Here are some words from him, delivered via a mass e-newsletter as we approached 2016, that are worth deep consideration and sharing. Take some time with this. It’s worth it, as these words frame the crux of what our society […]

“Tell me how to make my class racially inclusive! Don’t you have a list?”

By |December 21st, 2015|

Earlier this month I led a workshop for teachers who want to create inclusive classrooms and avoid microaggressions. It didn’t go well, at least not for me. Part of the problem is a rather common situation: As the facilitator, I arrived with a broad framework to support teachers’ long-term knowledge, skill, and capacity building around […]

White People, Racial Fear, and Microaggressions

By |November 18th, 2015|

Successful activist efforts by students of color have occurred as students at hundreds of campuses across the nation advocate for change. See stories from the University of Missouri, Claremont McKenna, Occidental College, Dartmouth, and Yale, just to name a few.

In the midst of these empowering actions, media outlets have also been covering a debate about […]

A Love Letter to a White Anti-Racist

By |October 16th, 2015|

I recently attended a presentation by Chris Crass, a powerful speaker, activist, and community organizer. I have followed his work for over a decade and we agree on issues (privilege, structural racism, community building, organizing white people, etc.), so I figured I knew exactly what to expect. In the final minutes of his speech, though, […]

The Stench of Privilege

By |September 12th, 2015|

We’ve got another heat wave on our hands in Los Angeles, one that brought the stink of privilege to my awareness.

The other night as I was sitting in direct aim of a standing fan, trying to keep cool, I found myself sniffing around me and wondering, what is that smell? Was it my dog? Nope, […]

3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, and a Personal Realization

By |August 17th, 2015|

The documentary 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets is important. The film opened in Los Angeles this summer, is headed for a national release sometime soon, and it has been reported that HBO will air it this fall. My recommendation is that you find out when and where you can watch this film.

Headed toward the theater, […]

Why I didn’t choose spiritual initiation over racial awareness

By |July 9th, 2015|

A friend sent me a link the other day to an article about Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac, recently named one of the nation’s top civil rights leaders by Los Angeles Times, a NAACP History Maker in 2015, and one of the three founders of #BlackLivesMatter. The article describes the role that spirituality plays in Patrisse’s approach […]