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for this year's Overcoming Racism conference:
October 28-29, 2016 at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul

to all who made our 2015 conference a success!
Overcoming Racism: Vigilance Now!
View the
Voices of Vigilance video
Workshop descriptions & materials
Video of the conference opening, panelists and all the keynotes -
linked from the conference home page

Join us as we envision our 2016 activities:
Thursday February 11, 9-11 am at Cherokee Park United Church
371 W. Baker St. St. Paul MN 55107

Upcoming Learning & Action Opportunities--Scroll Down!

The Doctrine of Discovery: Understanding Native Historic Trauma
Saturday, Feb. 6
, 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Messiah UMC, 17805 County Road 6, Plymouth (just west of Highway 101).
Messiah United Methodist Church in Plymouth is hosting a screening of The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code, with a post-film discussion with Director and co-Producer Sheldon Wolfchild of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. This event is free and open to the public. Flyer This is part of the United Methodist Church's ongoing education and work towards acts of repentance with Native American peoples. The event is being held in collaboration with Wolfchild and 38 Plus 2 Productions, the UMC Native American Ministries Action Team, and Healing Minnesota Stories.
Sleight of Mouth Training Wish to learn effective ways to raise questions about race-based beliefs? Come learn about Sleight of Mouth strategies.  Have fun practicing effectively responding to racist commentary. Flyer
Friday, January 29th (5:30-8:30 pm);  – Saturday, January 30th (8:30 am - 12:30 pm). Food.
Recommended purchase: The User’s Guide to Sleight of Mouth, 2nd Ed. 2011, Doug O’Brien

ASDIC Community Circle
February 6 - April 16. 8:30 am -12:30 pm
Circles enable greater clarity of thinking, strength of relationship, and effectiveness 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.  This Community ASDIC Circle will be held in St Paul on Saturdays, following a sliding scale.
Registration form

Mardi Gras celebration co-sponsored by ASDIC, Saturday, February 6th, 7:00 pm -11:00 pm. Live Band. Creole/Cajun Food. Flyer

More information at

The Advocates for Human Rights
Discover Human Rights 2016 Training Series
Course Description: This two-day training provides concrete steps for  how organizations and individuals can use the standards, principles, and methods of human rights to combat entrenched poverty, discrimination, and injustice in their community and ensure inclusive, participatory, and sustainable solutions to social justice issues. Participants will analyze situations from their own experiences and evaluate how applying a human rights framework would change their approach to solving problems. Using tools such as organizational assessments, case studies, and implementation models, participants will create an action plan for incorporating human rights in their work.
When: Friday April 15th, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
              Friday April 22nd, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
(Participants must attend both sessions.)
Where: The Advocates for Human Rights, Minneapolis, MN
Cost: $75, which includes a copy of the Discover Human Rights manual including activities and presentations for your own use.
For further information and to register for the training, please click here.   You can also download the flyer here.
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Upcoming YWCA of Minneapolis Racial Justice events
How to Talk With Kids About Race
Saturday, February 20, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm YWCA of Minneapolis - Midtown
Whether it’s your own kids, your classroom or simply a group of kids you care about, it can be tough to know what to say to them about race and when to have those conversations.  How do we teach kids about history without saddling them with pain, shame or guilt? How can we talk with them about the present and the future without creating a sense of 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! This is a Skills and Practice level workshop.
$50 ($25 for YWCA members) 
RSVP by February 13, 2016

Race and Education: A Two-Part Workshop
Tuesday, March 15 & Tuesday, March 22, 2016 6:30-8:30 pm YWCA of Minneapolis - Downtown
Session 1: We’ve heard about the disparities in the education system between students of color and white students.  We’ve seen the statistics. But what does this mean for families that are affected by these disparities; what are the day to day stories that make up these numbers?  Come learn about the state of education in our community.
Session 2: Now that you know even more than you once did about education issues, what are you going to do?  In the second session of this series you will gain real-life advocacy skills that can be used within the school, school board, state legislature or even nationally!  Equip yourself with knowledge and skills; that’s how you’ll influence change.
Session 1 is an Awareness and Knowledge level workshop and Session 2 is a Skills and Practice level workshop.
$15 for one session or $25 for both.  
RSVP by March 8, 2016
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.

Preview of coming topics for Discussions that Encounter:
2/11/16 – Being planned
2/25/16 – Josie Johnson on making progress on racial justice
3/10/16 – Being planned
3/24/16 – Cancelled due to Holy Thursday services
4/14/16 – Morgan Fierst & Stephanie Woldum on critical learning for high school students

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. Scroll down for more suggested reading.
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.
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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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.
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!