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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.
Check out the tentative schedule of exciting workshops!
View, download and share the flyer
REGISTER NOW using Eventbrite or see conference home page for mail-in registration form.

In conjunction with the conference: Free film and discussion (and pizza!)
Friday, November 14, 5:30-8 pm:
The Garden

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!

Doctrine of Discovery: Acknowledgement, Dialogue, and Response
October 13 & 28 at Cherokee Park United Church
This fall, the St. Paul Interfaith Network is joining with many faith and community organizations to co-sponsor a dialogue about the difficult truths around the tragic treatment of Indigenous people by our state, nation and religious Institutions. This is an effort to increase awareness and dialogue about the Doctrine of Discovery and the trauma it created. The Doctrine of Discovery refers to the legal and religious justification used to take lands from Native peoples and to forcibly convert or enslave them. The outlines of the Doctrine first appeared in 15
th Century papal edicts and it shows up in a more secular form in U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The trauma from these religious and secular actions is still present today. Join us at any one of four sites for this important dialogue. For more details, see the St. Paul Interfaith Network website: www.spinterfaith.org 
Restorative Practices in Schools
Friday, October 17, 2014, 9am-4pm
9220 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, MN 55428

Featuring: Nancy Riestenberg, School Climate Specialist, MN Department of Education
Also with:
Mariama Gifftian Kpaka-Sengita, St. Paul Schools
Gregg Martinson, Roseville Schools
Oscar Reed, St Louis Park and Minneapolis Schools
Kris Miner, Wisconsin
Simone Abel – Minneapolis Schools
MiaLisa McFarland Millares, CMRS in Hopkins/Robbinsdale/Osseo

Email training@mediationprogram.com to register for this event
Using the DIA to Help Set & Achieve Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Goals
Monday, October 20, 2014, 3 - 4 p.m.
Crutchfield & Martin PLLC Court International Building, 2550 University Ave W, Ste 151-S, Saint Paul 55114 Register now! There is no cost to attend the information session, but to ensure the most effective dialogue, space is very limited. You must register to secure your seat.

Join DIAworks to learn about the Diamond Inclusiveness Assessment (DIA) and how it can be used to help set and achieve meaningful organizational diversity, inclusion and equity goals. The DIA is a quick, accessible and affordable organizational inclusiveness tool. It is designed for businesses, agencies and nonprofits of any type and size. Whether your customers are individuals, government agencies, funders, businesses, voters or the general public, your organization is (or will be) under pressure to meet their increasing expectations for engagement, inclusion, fairness, transparency, and accountability.
More about the DIA
The Minnesota Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (MN-NAME) is excited to invite you to this year's Insisting on Equity conference, featuring Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, acclaimed educational equity advocate.  
Our conference is titled:  "Myths & Realities: We Owe Our Students More" and will take place on
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Plymouth Middle School in the Robbinsdale School District.
Please visit our website to learn more about the conference.  Space is limited at the conference so REGISTER online now to reserve your spot. Registration costs vary between $35-$50 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch, CEU's, and workshops.
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 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.

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.)

Upcoming YWCA of Minneapolis Racial Justice events
Racial Justice & Media: When Intent Affects Impact Wednesday, October 8 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 September 30
Facilitator Training Level 2: Asking Better Questions Saturday, October 18 9:00–11:00 am YWCA of Minneapolis Midtown
Open only to YWCA of Minneapolis Racial Justice Facilitators
This class will focus on sharpening listening skills and turning that mindful listening into better followup questions. This is an excellent choice for trained facilitators who want to be able to provide a deeper, more meaningful dialogue for their circles. Interactive content and exercises will be followed by facilitation practice.
Facilitator Training Level 2: Mindful Facilitation Wednesday, October 22 6:30–8:30 pm YWCA of Minneapolis Downtown
Open only to YWCA of Minneapolis Racial Justice Facilitators
This session will focus on learning to identify your personal triggers that may be causing you to lose presence during emotional dialogues and becoming more skilled at being in the moment of the dialogue without denying your own person and emotions. This is an excellent choice if you know that you are easily caught up in the many emotions that come along with race and racial justice dialogues.
Facilitator Training Level 2: Racial Microagression Thursday, October 30 6:30–8:30 pm YWCA of Minneapolis Downtown
Open only to YWCA of Minneapolis Racial Justice Facilitators This Level 2 training will focus on racial microagressions -- statements that, with or without negative intent, build up in the lives of people of color. We will look especially at those that we tend to hear most often in dialogue circles and focus on ways we can, as facilitators, bring attention to the impact of these statements. RSVP
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.
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.
9/25/14 – Vina Kay & Brett Buckner present the Minneapolis equity project “Our MPLS”
10/9/14 – Cancelled due to schedule conflict with Bethesda Revival
10/23 – Mahmoud El-Kati on “Race in the news”
11/13/14 – What do we mean by disparities, racial gaps and inequities
11/27/14 – Cancelled due to Thanksgiving
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!