Anti-racist work does not entail one-time actions. It’s a lifelong practice. I have seen so many people – especially white folx – become “tired” of this work over the last couple of months, which is honestly so upsetting. There is so much work to be done; how could someone think a few months of activist work would fix what has existed for hundreds and hundreds of years? I am not calling anyone out. I am calling people in. If you are reading this and feel like you are neglecting your activism, this is for you. If you are simply looking to learn more, this is also for you! It’s time to commit to anti-racist work as part of your daily life.

Below, I’ve highlighted ten events that are happening this upcoming week that focus on anti-racism work. These events are all online, so hopefully, they are accessible to many people. Some are a bit more expensive, some are donation-based, and some are free. I sincerely hope you find an event to attend that fits your budget, interest, and learning level. This is a reminder: OUR WORK IS NOT OVER.

Please click on the following events to read the full descriptions.

1. End Racism Now! An Introduction to Anti-Racism for the Whole Family by The Quarto Group

Wed, 5 August 2020 – 11:00 – 12:00 EDT – FREE

“Leading expert in anti-racist education and the author of This Book is Anti-Racist, Tiffany Jewell will lead a 60-minute workshop for families. Together, participants will explore questions like: “What shapes your identity? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it?””

2. I’m Anti-Racist vs. I’m Not Racist: Performative Activism by Black on Black Education

Wed, August 5, 2020 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT – FREE

“As we look out at what’s going on in our country just about every person we speak to fully understands that this is not ok. 100+ people have joined us for this oh so important conversation and with people still wanting to understand how they can help be a solution to one of the greatest challenges the world faces we’re doing it again!”

3. Sustaining Joy In Anti-Racism Work by EbonyJanice

Sun, August 9, 2020 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT – $36

“This lecture-conversation with Thea Monyeé and EbonyJanice Moore provides a framework for creating powerful anti-racism work while sustaining our efforts by maintaining a high quality joy practice. This lecture-conversation will provide strategies for those who are experiencing racism in the midst of dismantling systems of oppression, and allies who are both new to this work, or have had real skin in the game for some time now. Join us as we talk about how the unlikely weapon of joy can be used to fortify anti-racism work, and move us all into a healthier tomorrow.”

4. Sustainable Anti-racism — Transform Your Overwhelm into a Long Term Plan by Appear Works LLC

Sat, August 22, 2020 – 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT – Starts at $49

“Join Chelsea Troy and Caren Young as we explore psychological safety, having difficult conversations, understanding the structure of racism (vs personalizing), allyship, moving towards becoming an accomplice and how to practice anti-racism in all aspects of your life.”

5. Social Justice Bootcamp by Reale Justice Network LLC

Sat, August 8, 2020 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

“Reale Justice Network’s Organizers School will host Kansas City’s first annual Social Justice Bootcamp. Join us for skill shares, workshops and strategy discussions for movement building. Some of these offerings include the following:

  1. Organizing 101: Responsible organizing
  2. Movement Alignment for Building Black Power
  3. CPR and First Aid certification for movement medics
  4. Direct Action Training
  5. How to incorporate an Abolitionist Framework in your organizing work
  6. Anti-Racism Training
  7. Weaponizing Whiteness: How white tears and privilege harm Black people”

6. Tackling Anti-Black Racism as a Public Health Crisis by Skills for Change

Tue, August 4, 2020 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT – Free

“Join us on Tuesday, August 4 where we will discuss the current situation and how the government, the public and the private sector need to come together to address these issues and find solutions to ensure equal access to care and better health outcomes for the Black community.”

7. Interrupting Racism Online Training Series by Dedham Organization for Substance Awareness (DOSA)

Every Mon from 4 August 2020 – 31 August 2020 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT – Free

“Facilitated by Human in Common and sponsored by the Dedham Organization for Substance Awareness, this highly dynamic, interactive training is designed to increase participants’ awareness, compassion and antiracism skills.

In this training series, participants will learn:

  • An overview of the history of racism in the United States
  • The material impact of racism today
  • Key concepts including: systemic racism, prejudice, implicit bias, white supremacy, white privilege, microaggressions, allyship
  • How to see through the lens of of diversity, equity, and inclusion in order to understand power imbalances and harmful behavior
  • Skills for respectfully and effectively interrupting racism in personal and organizational situations
  • Tips for engaging in allyship
  • Skills for apologizing, repairing harm, and building trust”

8. Anti-Racist Theatre: A Foundational Course by Nicole Brewer

Tue, Aug 18, 2020 & Tue, Aug 25, 2020 – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT – $0 – $90

“Nicole Brewer, creator of Conscientious Theatre Training and originator of the Anti-Racist Theatre (A.R.T.) movement is teaching her unique approach which blends anti-racist theory, social justice, collectivism, healing justice and theatre exercises for an embodied understanding of racism and our agency to become anti-racist. In this two part six hour course Nicole offers participants tools to craft their own unique anti-racist theatre ethos and delve into the three core principles of anti-racist theatre: harm reduction, harm prevention and relationship repair.”

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