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Anti-racism series March 31-May 20
2017-02-14

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A six-session anti-racism seminar for white people ( called "Doing Our Own Work" ) will be held March 31-May 20 at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St. Allies for Change is hosting the series.

The sessions, which are gender-inclusive, will be led by Aaron Wilson-Ahlstrom and Lois McCullen Parr.

"At this time in our nation, we are witnessing an alarming resurgence of white supremacy and state-sanctioned violence," organizers from Allies for Change stated in a release. "It is imperative that those of us who are white do the deep work required to claim and embody an anti-racist identity, understand the privilege we carry and interrupt racism where we live, work, study, and volunteer."

Each participant is invited to identify a "sphere of influence" that serves as the focus of action and reflection. Utilizing input from the leaders, reading assignments, videos, group discussion and structured exercises, participants will explore topics such as the four realms of racism and change—personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural; historical roots; movements for racial justice; and white privilege and unearned advantage.

Dates for the sessions are March 31 and April 1, April 28 and 29, and May 19 and 20. Attendance at all six sessions is required.. held Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $485 ( $100 deposit; $385 balance due ), and it includes program, resource materials and lunch for six days. Scholarships and/or time payments are available.

There are 18 spaces available; visit www.alliesforchange.org/doow-chicago.


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