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2014 Overcoming Racism: Cultivating Transformation
THANKS to everyone who participated!
As soon as video of the keynotes is available, we will link it here and post about it on Facebook.

As seen at the 2014 conference:
Transformation Talk videos by Leon Rodrigues, Elder Atum Azzahir, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Maria Isa and Pastor Tim Johnson

Friday's keynote speaker: MayKao Hang, Wilder Foundation president & CEO.
Read/download MayKao's dissertation Whites and the Active Representation of Racial Minority Interests
Saturday's keynote speaker: Sam Grant, lifelong community organizer.
Check out the schedule of exciting workshops - and resources from some of them!

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!

Announcing next ASDIC Circle: Register in January

Do you and others in your community wish to better understand the role of "race" and racism in our society and our daily lives?  Why and how do race-based patterns persist for centuries?

"ASDIC Metamorphosis" is a 10 session program that creates an honest, supportive context for shared study, dialogue and action-planning.  a group of about 15 people, using an award-winning curriculum and style of facilitation. ASDIC offers us the opportunity to better understand, to act with greater clarity, and to build stronger community in our efforts to address issues of "race" and racism.  Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circle
Upcoming YWCA of Minneapolis Racial Justice events
Conflict Reconciliation through Kingian Nonviolence Tuesday, November 18 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's the difference between conflict resolution and conflict reconciliation? How can nonviolence move a society toward racial justice? Where do we see conflict in our daily lives and how can we positively reconcile that conflict? Join us for this introduction to nonviolence as modeled by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and learn the answers to these questions and much, much more!
RSVP by November 10 Scholarships are available.
Racial Justice & Media: When Intent Affects Impact Tuesday, December 9 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
Have you ever seen something in the media that you feel in your gut is racist or sexist? This workshop is designed for those who have an understanding of different "isms," and want to acquire the talking tools to deal with "isms" in the media (new media, social media, print media and ad campaigns). We will use current and past media examples of "isms," and discuss skills that can be easily applied and taught to others to create more inclusive media environments in our lives, and to continue the work of eliminating racism.
RSVP by December 2
Confronting Racism: Knowledge --> Skills --> Action Thursday, January 15, 2015 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. The workshop will develop the participants' active listening skills, as well as help them practice skills to respond to overt racism (i.e., racist remarks), and covert racism (privilege, micro-aggressions, etc). The skills learned in this workshop can be easily applied and taught to others to create more inclusive environments in our lives, and to continue the work of eliminating racism.
$50. ($25 for YWCA members)
RSVP by January 7, 2015 Scholarships are available.
For over nine 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.
11/27/14 – Cancelled due to Thanksgiving
12/11/14 – What would racial equity really look like and how can it be achieved?
12/25/14 – Cancelled due to Christmas

Saint Paul College—A Community & Technical College will celebrate Black History month 2015 with two documentaries highlighting the history of Civil Rights in America.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 1:00pm Saint Paul College Theatre
The Abolitionists Bringing to life the intertwined stories of Fredrick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimke, Harriet Beecher Stow, and John Brown, The documentary reveals how the movement shaped history by exposing the fatal flaw of a republic founded on liberty for some and bondage of others, setting the nation on a collision course. In the face of personal risks – beatings, imprisonment, even death – abolitionists held fast to their cause, laying the civil rights groundwork for the future and raising weighty constitutional and moral questions that are with us still. A facilitated discussion will follow the screening of the film.

Tuesday, February 10 & Thursday, February 19, 2015 1:00pm Saint Paul College Theatre
Freedom Riders From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives – and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment – for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. For more information, please contact Ayesha Shariff at (651)846-1711 or email at ayesha.shariff@saintpaul.edu or Kurt Kortenhof at (651)846-1706 or email at kurt.kortenhof@saintpaul.edu
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!