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White Men in the Struggle for Gender and Racial Justice
March 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
At a time when the KKK is actively endorsing a presidential candidate, and racist hate speech is on the rise in mainstream media – what can white men do to stand up for racial justice?
Join us for a half-day workshop for and by white men (cis and trans) to deepen awareness of and explore our personal stake in challenging white and male supremacy. All are welcome to attend, white men are strongly encouraged. The workshop will focus specifically on the role that white men can play in dismantling systems of oppression.
Accessibility Information – BART accessible, wheelchair accessible, scent-reduced, child care provided
We invite all white men currently involved in social justice projects, or who have an interest in getting involved, to participate. Our primary goal is to develop white men’s political analysis, as well as our personal and emotional stake. We will discuss ways to do our political work with accountability, as supporters in struggle with women, men and women of color, and others. Relying on frameworks developed by Black and third world feminists, we’ll explore the ways that white men are expected to uphold this system, and share thoughts on what a white male anti-racist feminism might look like in practice.
A secondary goal of this workshop is to meet other white men interested in this work, and begin building a group to explore how white men can best leverage our privilege to destroy white and male supremacy.
We are a group of white (trans* and cis) men who understand white supremacy and patriarchy as intertwining systems of oppression that perpetuate horrendous material and psychological violence worldwide. As folks who may receive both white and male privilege, we believe we can, and must, play a role in undermining these systems. We are in the early stages of figuring out what kind of action makes the most sense for this group, but are determined to take effective action. We seek to do so in ways that are accountable to – and center the experiences, wisdom and visions of – those most impacted by systems of oppression. And we know that we too must “get free” from these oppressions.