Support space for unlearning racism for white people interested in NVC
Thursday 27th July 5.30 – 7.30pm
This month’s we will continue the theme ‘Contradictions for white people in racial justice work’. See post and graphic here
What will happen?
Each month we have a theme, we begin with a discussion space around a text/model/framework (½ hour) and then we move into smaller groups to explore empathically anything related to this theme. Empathy and constructive challenge is encouraged.
These sessions are organised by Ceri Buckmaster, Kate Gard Cooke and Eileen O’Sullivan. We are organising under the umbrella of NVC UK Conflict Transformation Weave (CTW), as one of the CTW’s pre-emptive and resourcing projects Please contribute if you can We are fundraising to make CTW sustainable – if you value this space, please consider donating, no matter how small an amount, to our fundraiser
What will happen in the Support Space?
Each month we will have a theme and you are free to explore empathically anything related to this theme or anything else you need to talk about. Empathy and constructive challenge is encouraged. About, for example,
This will be within a framework of connecting to needs and ongoing learning about the system of racism and how we can be part of dismantling it.
The Conflict Transformation Weave (CTW) will continue to support this learning in NVC UK networks. Kate Gard Cooke has also been instrumental in bringing this group into being and in developing it.
Thursday 22nd June – Contradictions for white people in racial justice work. See graphic
Thursday 25th May, Black Joy and White Envy
April 2023 Theme: Understanding Intersectionality. Chapter 5 ‘What is intersectionality and why do I need it?’ in So you want to talk about race – Ijeoma Oluo
What we covered in session is here
March 2023 Theme: Understanding Privilege as a way of answering ‘Who’s not in the room?’
January and February 2023 – Growing in our anti-racism
Tema Okun’s Ladder of Empowerment. Theme: Co-liberation Read From white racist to white anti-racist – a lifelong journey
In A Race is a Nice Thing to Have, Dr Janet Helms explores 6 lenses of whiteness, through which we interpret racial events, race and racism; and how important it is for white people to understand and free themselves from the ‘rules of whiteness.
She advocates asking the question ‘How is racism playing out in our organisation or network?’
In What white people can do next, Emma Dabiri discusses how overly focusing on ‘performative allyship’ and worrying about saying or doing the wrong thing replaces the solidarity we need. She explores how we need to be talking about class, capitalism and sources of oppression. She advocates building a coalition around shared interests, figuring out people’s material needs and working together to organise a workplace or community.
Here are a couple of other resources, you can watch/read
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