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:
Read 50-60 pages every two weeks and watch assigned videos
Commit to 3 social justice actions of your choice
Come with assignments prepared and arrive on time for meetings
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: email@example.com