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White Guilt and Spiritual Healing

By |May 19th, 2018|

Last month I received two very intriguing and connected requests. The first was to publish a guest blogger’s article on White Guilt and Spiritual Health. The second was an invitation to co-facilitate a webinar on Transforming White Guilt for Everyday Feminism. A beautiful synchronicity, I would say. See below for the article by Cassie Steele, […]

When History Repeats: A Concern and a Response

By |April 29th, 2018|

Last Fall, when I came face to face with members of the alt-right, people intent on provoking the men and women of color around me in order to videotape their angry reactions for the sake of white supremacist fund-raising, I wrote about it. I wrote about the disappointment I felt at the police response, and […]

On-ramps and Lanes on the Racial Justice Freeway

By |December 13th, 2017|

In my late twenties, I did not experience myself as a political being. I loved psychology, valued community building, and was attracted to healing modalities. I was also an educator. I understood that racism was wrong. And thanks to mentorship provided by amazing people of color, I understood that my socialization as a white woman […]

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 […]