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to all who made this year's conference a success!
Overcoming Racism: Vigilance Now!
At Metro State University in St. Paul
View the
Voices of Vigilance video
Workshop descriptions & materials
Watch for keynote videos coming soon!

Evaluate the conference and give us your feedback/reflections by November 25
Join us to debrief the conference and envision our 2016 activities:
Thursday December 10, 9-11 am at Cherokee Park United Church
371 W. Baker St. St. Paul MN 55107

2014 Overcoming Racism: Cultivating Transformation
MayKao Hang's Friday keynote
Sam Grant's Saturday keynote
Transformation Talk videos by Leon Rodrigues, Elder Atum Azzahir, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Maria Isa and Pastor Tim Johnson
Photos from the conference Thanks to Allyn Uniacke for the photography
Read/download MayKao's dissertation Whites and the Active Representation of Racial Minority Interests
Read/download resources from some of the 2014 workshops.

White Fragility
The White Racial Frame
Book reviews:
What Justice?
The Color of Wealth

Upcoming Learning & Action Opportunities--Scroll Down!

Forgotten Heroes: Black and White Women During Jim Crow

Monday September 28, 7-9 pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street,St. Paul, 55106 United States

Jonathan Odell, author of the widely acclaimed Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League will read from this book and discuss how his own history and experiences growing up white and racist in the South led him to write a book which challenges the lies we have been taught about "American history."

We are All Criminals training
Thursday, October 8, 5-9 pm
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55403

Brought to you by American Friends Service Committee, Community Mediation and Restorative Services, Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership, and supporters of restorative justice.

The evening will include dinner, presentation, reflection,  action planning and networking. All for $15! Free to youth 21 and under
CEUs for social workers, nurses, teachers and attorneys for an additional $10

Register for 4th Annual Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair by October 9th! You are welcome to register after October 9th or on the day of the fair, but we cannot guarantee food or childcare for you. Please visit our website to register yourself or a group of youth and for more information about the more than 40 workshops, our annual Youth Activists Summit, our youth-hosted Open Mic Event, and more! This year's theme is Decolonizing Our Schools: Building Asian, Black, Brown & Indigenous Power

Friday, October 16, 2015
8:30am to 5:00pm
Central High School
275 Lexington Ave Pkwy
St. Paul, MN 55105

You can earn up to 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Interpretation in Hmong, Spanish, and Somali will also be available. 
The Dakota Experience
Saturday, October 17, 4-8 p.m.
On the grounds of Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley, 7800 West Country Road 42 (just west of Cedar Avenue)

The Dakota people were the original occupants of this land, but their stories are little known. This event is an opportunity to experience some of their history and rich traditions. It will include: Native American storytelling, a traditional drum group, a teepee and campfire, horses (and lessons about Dakota horse traditions), the Tatanka Food Truck selling pre-colonial foods, an eagle from the Raptor Center with discussion of the significance of eagles in Native American spirituality, a display exploring Native American myths and stereotypes in public art, a screening of the film Dakota 38, and more. This event is co-sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church, Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN)/Healing Minnesota Stories and World Without Genocide
Free and open to the public
The Minnesota Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (MN-NAME) 
Insisting on Equity conference

Our conference is titled:  
Translating Urgency into Action. This will be an all day event on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at Washington Technical Magnet School (much appreciation to St. Paul school's Office of Equity for sponsoring the location) and will feature national and local presenters. 

You may visit our website to learn more about the conference and MN-NAME.  Space is limited at the conference so register soon, especially since we sold out last year. Registration costs vary from $35-$50, depending on type of registration. This lower cost is a great opportunity to send multiple folks from your organization so they can learn and plan together. 
Upcoming YWCA of Minneapolis Racial Justice events
Confronting Racism: Knowledge --> Skills --> Action

How to Talk with Kids about Race Wednesday, October 7, 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
Whether it's your own kids, your classroom or simply a group of kids you care about, it can be tough to know when and what to say to them about race. How do we teach kids about history without saddling them with pain, shame, guilt or hopelessness? How do we create young people who will grow into adults ready to take action and advocate for racial justice? Join us to discuss these questions and more.
$50 ($25 for YWCA members)
RSVP by September 30, 2015

On November 4, 2015, the YWCA will host the Thirteenth Annual It's Time to Talk: Forums on RaceTM featuring keynote speaker Claudia Rankine, and introducing new initiatives to increase the sustained impact of this gathering of 1,200 leaders. Diverse leaders from business, education, arts and community service came together to move Minnesota forward through honest conversation and powerful action.
More info and online registration

Racism as Trauma - Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 6:00-8:00 pm YWCA of Minneapolis - Downtown
Dr. Joy DeGruy spent 12 years of doing quantitative and qualitative research to understand and develop her theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS). Come join us in a conversation about PTSS and the residual impacts of generations of slavery.
$10 ($5 for YWCA members)
RSVP by November 10, 2015
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
Discussions Forums are every 2nd Thursday at Phillips Community Center (2323 - 11th Avenue, South, Minneapolis) and 4th Thursday at St. Olaf Church (215 South 8th Street, Minneapolis) with free supper at 6:30PM and program from 7-8:30PM. All are invited at no charge – no need to register.
Suggested reading: "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo, co-author of Is Everyone Really Equal (Sensoy and DiAngelo 2012). This short piece does an excellent job of identifying many of the participant behaviors that we antiracism facilitators see in our dialogue circles or workshops. The reading is a naming of the various displays, performances and emotional responses some participants engage in when they find themselves in race conversations. This reading offers an explanation of the contexts and mindsets motivating the behavior.
Free online resources: Bridging Activist Class Cultures
There are many reasons progressive groups run into trouble, but class culture differences don't have to be one of them. In fact, understanding diverse class backgrounds makes us more likely to succeed. A few years back, our own Betsy Leondar-Wright studied 25 varied social justice organizations to find class patterns in culture traits and problem solving approaches. Her findings, published in her book Missing Class and taught in Class Action's Bridging Activist Class Cultures workshops, are now available free online in the Activist Class Cultures Kit.
This kit is a comprehensive guide to understanding your own class experience, seeing class culture traits around you, collaborating
better with others from class backgrounds different than your own, and implementing the strengths of each class to help your social justice organization succeed. It's full of videos, quizzes, tips and stories about real progressive activist groups facing class culture challenges. It even features a discussion guide for groups reading Missing Class. For all these resources and more, visit www.activistclasscultures.org online.
Penumbra Theatre


Roger Guenveur Smith in
A portrait of a man and the moment that set a city afire.

October 1 through 11, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015 // 7:00PM
Join us for an intimate portrait of America's most famous political prisoner.

Monday, November 16, 2015 // 7:00PM
"Required viewing by all who are deeply concerned about the nature of race relations in America." -Cornel West

December 3 through 20, 2015
Penumbra's treasured holiday tradition returns with a focus on compassion, connection, and community.

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

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)
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!