After the Charleston massacre in 2015, many white women needed and wanted more knowledge, analysis, and action. We started White Awake Oakland (now No More White Lies) combining study, self-examination, skill-building and action. We believe it is critical to learn from history and to bloom where we are planted.

what we do together

Through a combination of study, reflection, exercises and action we become more effective to standing up to racism in our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, organization and institutions. 

We begin with looking at ourselves, build understanding beyond the interpersonal to the working of systemic racism, how it developed, how it has been resisted and lessons we can apply as we:

  • Become courageous and effective standing up to racism in our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, organizations and institutions

  • Deepen awareness of ourselves as white people and of white supremacy

  • Learn untaught history of racism and how it is maintained

  • Take steps that move us into action

  • Grow in well-led circle of learning, unlearning, encouragement & challenge

Commitments & expectations

Each facilitated 3-hour session includes study of the history of the United States we have never been taught, personal examination and sharing, large and small groups discussions, and helpful steps for action.

We expect participants to make attendance and preparation a priority. Therefore, before applying to this 5-month process it is important to determine that you can make these commitments:

  1. Read 50-60 pages every two weeks and watch assigned videos

  2. Commit to 3 social justice actions of your choice

  3. Come with assignments prepared and arrive on time for meetings

  4. Attend all meetings except in critical circumstances


Sliding scale of $40-$90 per month ($200 - $450 total). Pay in full or in two installments.


Applications for next session starting February 2019 available in December. Email us if you would like to be informed:

Lois and Rochelle broke down 400 years of US white supremacy and resistance into bite-sized lessons packed with relevance and inspiration. They helped me see my stake in ending white supremacy and equipped me to engage the hearts and minds of other white people in my life to join the fight for racial justice. The diverse life experiences of our group members made discussions lively and strategic.
— Morgan Kanninen