APPLICATION FOR GROUNDWORK ANTI-RACISM WORKSHOP

APPLICATION FOR GROUNDWORK ANTI-RACISM WORKSHOP

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Sundays, October 7 – November 18th 3:00-6:00pm
Downtown YWCA, 101 E. Mifflin St, Madison WI
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Join us for this seven week racial justice workshop which will focus on institutional racism, white privilege and building more effective movements for social justice. Through interactive sessions rooted in participants’ experiences, we will build skills, learn from history, strengthen community, have honest conversations, and develop strategies to take action for justice. This workshop is open to all collectively and focuses on white people working for social justice.We believe that education can lead to transformation, and we invite you to join us in this ongoing process. Rooting ourselves in our visions for another world that is possible, we will dig deep, opening our hearts and minds to explore how we are each connected to dynamics of white privilege and racial oppression, and therefore have the responsibility to work to transform them. Over seven workshop sessions we will examine how racism impacts our lives, institutions, and movements for social justice, and develop strategies for prioritizing racial justice both individually and collectively.
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Here’s what a past participant has to say about the workshop:
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“The Groundwork Fall workshop was the first time I had an intentional space to talk with white people about racism. The workshop laid a solid “groundwork” for me in thinking about these issues and was a great mix of “heart stuff” and “head stuff”.  While the focus was on racism, it did a great job of talking about Queer oppression, anti-Jewish oppression, and other issues as well.  The first four weeks were focused on building a Racial Justice analysis, understanding the history of racism in the United States, and reflecting on our personal experiences with racism and white privilege; while the last four weeks were more focused on organizational, social change stuff.  This mix worked really well!  I’d recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to talk in depth about racism with white people, deepen their analysis of racism, and develop concrete strategies on how to work for racial justice as a white person.”
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-Tim Michael,  GSAFE Staff Member
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Workshop Outline:
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WEEK 1:  ORIENTATION & INTRODUCTION OF WORKSHOP
WEEK 2: HISTORY OF WHITE SUPREMACY: OPPRESSION & RESISTANCE
WEEK 3: STORIES OF RESISTANCE & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
WEEK 4: WHITE PRIVILEGE AND ITS IMPACT ON WORK FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
WEEK 5:  IT TAKES COURAGE: TAKING ACTION (INSPIRED BY JERRY SMITH) & ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION
WEEK 6:  INTERSECTIONS OF OPPRESSION AND LIBERATION
WEEK 7: ORGANIZING  FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND NEXT STEPS
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To apply, please fill out this online application and send a $10.00 application fee made out to Ali Brooks, 417 Rogers St Apt B, Madison WI 53703. (We ask for your understanding as we are an all-volunteer, grassroots collective that operates without a fiscal sponsor!)Application deadline is Friday September 28th. Please send your materials as soon as possible to ensure a space in the workshop (limit 30 people)!
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The complete application process includes:
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1. Filling out your application and sending the $10 check (to donate through paypal click here or click on the donate button)
2. Reading the workshop description that will be sent to you after we receive your application. This will give you a better sense of the details of the workshop.
3. A phone discussion with a member of Groundwork to answer your questions and learn about your expectations and goals for the workshop
4. Receipt by the start of the workshop, October 7th, of the full registration fee on a sliding scale of $50.00 – $500.00. This is a big range!! Please be thoughtful about what you can afford and donate generously.(Suggestions: $50-$200 for Individuals, $100-$300 for non-profit organization, and $250-$500 for University/Corporation sponsored representative). Beyond subsidizing workshop costs, almost all of the funds Groundwork raises are used to help “redistribute the wealth” by supporting under-funded grassroots organizing for racial justice lead by people of color. Ultimately, we want you to give what you can and are comfortable with, rather than be intimidated by any number. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us to discuss scholarship options.
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If you have any questions, please call Ali Brooks at 608-345-0545 or email alisonannbrooks@gmail.com.
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