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November 14-15, 2014
Overcoming Racism: Cultivating Transformation

Friday's keynote speaker: MayKao Hang, Wilder Foundation president & CEO.
Saturday's keynote speaker:
Sam Grant, lifelong community organizer.
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In conjunction with the conference: Free film and discussion Friday, November 14: The Garden

REGISTER NOW - Early Bird rates only through October 14.

Just two days left to submit a workshop proposal! Deadline: September 16 @ 5 pm
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New this year: Overcoming Racism Leadership workshop for institutional/organizational leaders, November 13
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See below for upcoming ASDIC Community Racial Dialogue Circle beginning September 20 - Register now! View/download flyer with application

Check out these videos from the 2013 Overcoming Racism conference plenaries, produced by SPNN:
Brotherhood Inc. panel discussion:
Diane Wilson keynote address:

Upcoming Learning & Action Opportunities--Scroll Down!

Community ASDIC Circle – Ten Sessions Fall 2014 September 20 – December 13 View/Download flyer with application
ASDIC Metamorphosis is pleased to announce a community racial dialogue circle for fall 2014. This reflective, interactive dialogue series is designed for those seeking to better understand the ways race and racism operate in our lives. ASDIC Circles enable greater clarity of thinking, strength of relationship, and effective-­‐ ness of action in addressing systemic racism.
Community ASDIC Circles, such as this one, are open to everyone. Each week participants gather to create a safe place for risk-­‐taking, community formation, and acting with care and confidence.

The ASDIC Metamorphosis Program is led by Okogyeamon, PhD, and Margery Otto, JD, with skilled facilitators trained in ASDIC principles and methodology. You may read participant testimonials attached. ASDIC received the 2010 Facing Race Ambassadors Award, given by The Saint Paul Foundation, and the 2010 Touchstone Award for Inclusiveness, given by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. ASDIC Circles are widely described as transformative in their impact on awareness and action.

Dates and Time: Ten Saturday mornings, September 20 through December 13, with refreshments at 8:00 a.m. and Circle session from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. No Circle meetings: October 4th, November 15th and 29th. Meeting dates: September 20th and 27th; October 11th, 18th, 25th; November 1st, 8th, 22nd; and December 6th and 13th.
Participants are asked to commit to participating in all ten sessions of the ASDIC Circle. Advance registration is required. All participants are expected to purchase the text: The White Racial Frame, 2013: Joe R. Feagin (2013 edition)

Location: 371 West Baker St, Saint Paul MN 55107, (Community ASDIC Circles are not religious in nature, although this Circle will meet in a church building.)

Fee Structure:
• Staff Development – corporations: $1,400/person for 10-session series
• Staff Development – non-profits and governmental agencies: $920/person for 10-session series
• Unfunded individual participation – $350.
• Need-based fee – sliding scale to $150 for those employed.
• Unemployed – we offer a special consideration scholarship (partial or full). All are welcome to participate regardless of financial circumstances; no one turned away. Fees contribute to the cost of food, the ASDIC manual (270 pages), other programing materials, and stipend to facilitators. There is no profit gained through our hosting of the dialogue circles.

Upcoming YWCA of Minneapolis Racial Justice events
Confronting Racism: Knowledge --> Skills --> Action Wednesday, July 16 6:00-8:00 pm (Trained YWCA Racial Justice Facilitators are invited to stay for facilitation practice from 8:00–8:30 pm) YWCA of Minneapolis Downtown
We've all been there: Someone tells a racist joke, and no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to respond appropriately. You are committed to eliminating racism, but would like more skills to help you respond to people in different settings. If this sounds familiar, we invite you to take part in our Confronting Racism workshop. This workshop is designed for those who have an understanding of white privilege and racism, and want to acquire skills in dealing with racism as it occurs in their personal lives.
$50. ($25 for YWCA members)
RSVP by July 8 Scholarships are available.
The Origins and Impact of African-American Vernacular Language Tuesday, August 19 6:00-8:00 pm (Trained YWCA Racial Justice Facilitators are invited to stay for facilitation practice from 8:00–8:30 pm) YWCA of Minneapolis Midtown
What happens when African-American Vernacular Language (AAVL), or Ebonics, is broadly recognized as a distinct language, not categorized as slang or incorrect English? Do you believe the education system should provide children who speak AAVL at home the same services as other children learning Standard English as a second language? What is the impact of forcing individuals to give up AAVL in order to thrive in a system that promotes Standard English? Join us to for a conversation about the origins of AAVL and the impacts of its use in our current education system.
RSVP by August 11
For over seven years, Discussions that Encounter has facilitated open discussions about race, racism and white privilege. These events are open to all and sponsored free of charge in Minneapolis on the second and fourth Thursday evening of each month.  Our vision is to provide an environment where people of all walks-of-life and backgrounds can openly discuss any aspects of racism. We use video or prepared materials to pursue a specific topic with ample time for facilitated conversation. The objectives of these forums are to raise awareness, build relationships, assist all along the journey of overcoming racism, provide education on historical and current topics, and facilitate open conversations that can't usually be approached across the "races."  Notices are sent prior to each Discussion Forum with details on topic, location and directions. Contact Bill Keatts at wkeatts@austin.rr.com to receive information or to be added to the regular distribution. ***Brotherhood Brew offers sales of organic, free-trade coffee, exotic teas, and hot cocoa at our Discussion Forums.
6/26/14 – Hemlal Kafle on Human Trafficking and Racism at St. Olaf Church (215 South 8th Street, Minneapolis). Free parking is available in the church lot, enter from South 8th Street or 3rd Avenue just past the church.
7/10/14 – Cancelled (due to weather, too warm that is!)
7/24/14 – Angela Osuji and panel on African Americans and Africans new to America
8/14/14 – Uncaged voices of Brotherhood analyzes rap, hip-hop, and racism
8/28/14 – Dr. Cecelia Martinez on energy, environment and social justice
9/11/14 – Mark Anderson with world café on wellness and racism
Facing Race: Our Commitment to Racial Equity
Leadership Circle_lockup_CMYKThe board and staff of The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners affiliates, have adopted a new racial equity framework to guide our work going forward. This fresh approach is an opportunity to deepen our decades-long commitment to racial equity and infuse racial equity in all of our roles as community foundations. The new framework outlines how racial equity is prioritized in decision-making and activities across our organization, and we invite interested individuals and organizations to learn more about the Facing Race racial equity framework.
Read an insightful and challenging Open Letter About the Premiere of 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' by Rhiana Yazzie, a Navajo playwright based in Minnesota. She is a two time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow (2010/2011 and 2006/2007) a Playwrights’ Center Core Member, and artistic director of New Native Theatre
Brotherhood, Inc. offers a wide variety of coffee, tea and cocoa products for sale or delivery. These products are available at all Discussions that Encounter Forums and directly through the website www.brotherhoodmn.org. Sales assist in achieving their mission to enable African-American youth and young men to envision and achieve successful futures. Brotherhood, Inc. aspires to create a pathway out of poverty, gangs and incarceration by offering comprehensive and culturally-sensitive educational opportunities, social services, legal services and in-house employment all under one roof.
Bdote Sacred Sites Tour
Bdote is the Dakota word for "meeting place of rivers" and specifically the confluence of the Mississippi River and Minnesota River which is located near Fort Snelling and the Mendota Bridge. Join Jim Bear and/or other Dakota elders who will  be graciously guiding a tour of several sites within the Bdote area.
Target audience: Faith community leaders, interfaith leaders, "Healing Minnesota Stories" planning group, community members interested in learning more.
Anyone may participate in a tour of the Bdote Sacred Sites.  We desire for the whole group to ride together and to keep the group relatively small, so please RSVP early  to allow us to plan appropriately for our outings.
For more information and to sign up, go to <
Gustavus Speaker Series on U.S. Dakota War of 1862 Archived Online

  • Dr. John Peacock, “War of Words: Writings by Dakota People in Their Own Language and Later in English During and After the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862”
  • Glenn Wasicuna, “A Dakota Way of Life”
  • Dr. Gary Clayton Anderson, “The Dakota War Trials: Travesty of Justice or Reasonable Retribution?”
  • Thomas Maltman, “Based on a True Story: Researching a Controversial History to Create Fiction”
  • Corinne Monjeau-Marz, "Aftermath of the 1862 War: Reviewing the Years from 1862-1866"
  • Dr. Gwen Westerman, "We Are Still Here"
To access video of these events, go online to the Gustavus Live Streaming Portal. A listing of archived events will be available under the “On Demand” tab.
This U.S.-Dakota War lecture series was made possible with funds from Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota Humanities Council, and the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Here is a recap of the
10 reparation strategies offered by Waziyatawin at the 2012 Overcoming Racism conference, as tweeted by @Two_Cranes #10DakotaReparations (thanks, Liz!)
1. Return state/federal lands to Dakota. Can start w/ non-revenue-producing state parks
2. Contribute* to re-purchase of lands for land return, a form of paying "back rent" (see below for how)
3. Lobby for return of Dakota sacred sites & for access to them, such as Coldwater Spring in Mpls
4. Take down Fort Snelling, which "celebrates the righteousness of pioneer settlement"
5. Lobby for the return of sacred objects from places like museums & Minnesota Historical Society
6. Remove icons, colonial symbols incl street names, names of sports teams, schools, etc.
7. Form action groups to fight/protect the Dakota land we all love; work to stop development industry
8. Support Dakota language programs, including fundraise for them
9. Support Dakota protests, right to have ceremony; provide legal support; support anti-colonial struggle
10. Support direct-action training camps

*Donations to the Dakota nonprofit Oyate Nipi Kte (The People Shall Live) will support Makoce Ikikcu (Recovering Land)
Online: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Oyate-Nipi-Kte
By mail: Oyate Nipi Kte, 4052 Hwy 212 SE, Granite Falls, MN 56241

What Does Justice Look Like? by Waziyatawin Read more about it
The Color of Wealth by Rose Brewer and others Read more about it
Download a reflection on Joe Feagin's book, The White Racial Frame.
No-Man's-Land by Eulah Biss found in the February 2008 issue of The Believer, Believermag.com. Subtitle: Fear, Racism, and the Historically Troubling Attitude of American Pioneers.
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2012 Overcoming Racism conference description & information
Photos from the 2012 conference If you missed the conference, or want to hear more…
Listen to TruthToTell's 11/19 episode, originally broadcast on KFAI radio
Overcoming Racism conference keynote speakers Dr. Rose M. Brewer & Waziyatawin and conference co-host Herbert Perkins explore decolonization and other conference themes with TTT's Andy Driscoll & Michelle Alimoradi
Listen to a conversation with the two 2011 conference keynoters and conference co-host Antonia Apolinario Wilcoxon about racial framing and the conference on Truth To Tell, KFAI Radio. Or watch the in-studio video (keynoters both participated by phone)

More info on or linked from the
2011 Conference page, including workshop and plenary information.
Lots of great photos
from the 2010 Overcoming Racism: Recognizing and Challenging the Legacies That Oppress Us conference can be found at overcomingracism.shutterfly.com/ Thanks to Miss Marie Photography for taking and sharing the photos!