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May Day march in Los Angeles: May 1, 2010

As protests and boycotts surrounding Arizona’s newly passed legislation continues, I’m reflecting on last Saturday’s May Day march. Not much of a street demonstrator myself, I decided to venture out this year to stand (too crowded to really march) in solidarity with the working people of Los Angeles. Here’s what happened for me:Within 15 minutes […]

By |May 5th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

White Privilege Conference 11 – A Reflection

Thank you to the over 1700 people who made WPC11 what it was…but especially…This year’s April 2010 WPC offered me a chance to connect more deeply with other anti-racists working across the country. It’s an amazing learning opportunity. So, if any of you have yet to learn about WPC and attend, check out the basics […]

By |April 18th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Good-hearted White People, Privilege, and Damage

What follows is a short essay written recently by one of my former students and current AWARE-LA allies. It’s a great example of the critical thinking required when good hearted white people decide to offer ourselves to support young people living in inner cities. Let me know what you think…White Privilege and SecurityRecently I attended […]

By |April 18th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unmasking Whiteness – A Summer Institute by AWARE-LA

I’d appreciate your help getting the word out about this event.AWARE-LA is offering its workshop series on building white anti-racist practice and community in an intensive, 4-day institute for white people.The institute invites white people to deepen their self-awareness and build community with other white people taking up work for racial justice. Through personal reflection, […]

By |March 22nd, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Overt Racism on UCSD’s Campus – Fallout from a Culture of Colorblindness

In case you haven’t heard, the University of California at San Diego has been the location of some extremely overt racially motivated and hateful events in the last couple of weeks. Although many may say that “it all started when…”, that would be in error. A hostile environment has existed for far too long (and […]

By |March 9th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Haiti womens micro-lending bank – spread the word!

This is the type of thing that too few of us know about because too few of our media outlets pay attention to truly supportive and community based projects.Please take a moment to learn about how a network of women in Haiti have been able to mobilize quickly to distribute funds to get the economy […]

By |February 22nd, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Re: James Arthur Ray charged with manslaughter, guilty of cultural appropriation

Glad to see the news this morning. It looks like James Arthur Ray will be facing charges stemming from the $9,695-a-person “spiritual warrior” workshop he led last October which included a sweat lodge as a final activity…and the death of three of the participants.Let’s be aware, though, that although these serious charges are significant and […]

By |February 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Profit in anti-racism, and why the workshop series is free

The question arose the minute the Witnessing Whiteness Workshop Series was posted and people started receiving the announcement. Why are you giving it away? You should be charging for this!Not everyone responds in this fashion. Friends in racial justice work are far more surprised than opposed. They recognize that all-too-often important resources are priced out […]

By |February 1st, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mama’s Tamales – Beautiful Community Support

When we think about how businesses can really serve people, this is what should come to mind. What a beautiful example of people supporting one another. 3 minute video. Watch it and be inspired! Then, pass it on to others.Mama’s Tamales helps homeless people start their own businesses.I should also disclose that I am proud […]

By |January 26th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Witnessing – Second Edition and Workshop Series

Announcing two new resources to support diversity and racial justice initiatives. More information at www.witnessingwhiteness.com Just Released – WITNESSING WHITENESS: THE NEED TO TALK ABOUT RACE AND HOW TO DO IT, 2nd edition, by Shelly TochlukThis new edition, revised for a general audience, offers a comprehensive look at why white people need to pay attention […]

By |January 17th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments