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for this year's Overcoming Racism conference:
October 28-29, 2016 at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul
Overcoming Racism: Disrupt Racism As Usual
the conference flyer!
Check out the
keynote/plenary sessions
Registration opens September 1, 2016

Free film & discussion in conjunction with the 2016 conference:
The Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution

Join us as we plan our 2016 activities:
Every second Thursday of the month, 9-11 am at the
Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Pkwy. N., St. Paul, MN 55104

to all who made the 2015 conference a success!
Video of the conference opening, panelists and keynotes
linked from the 2015 conference page

Upcoming Learning & Action Opportunities--Scroll Down!

St. Paul Interfaith Network Events
MARCH (Multi-faith Anti-Racism Change and Healing): Religious Communities Supporting Black Lives Matter (and related racial justice efforts) with Rev. Danny Givens, Rabbi Michael Latz, and Rev. Rebecca Voelkel Thursday, May 12, 2016 12 - 1:45 p.m. Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul 1671 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105
MARCH is a new movement/organization seeking to bring the energy and successful experience of LGBTQ justice work in recent years to matters of racial justice. Three leaders of MARCH, with multiple interfaith and justice work connections, will share the work of MARCH, its roots in the gay rights movement, its goals to engage congregations/faith communities in racial justice, and its relation to Black Lives Matter, Black Clergy United for Change and other related groups... Read more

Healing Minnesota Sacred Sites Tour
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 1 - 5 p.m.
The tours center around the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or "meeting place of rivers." The tour stops include Fort Snelling, the site of the Dakota internment camp following the Dakota-U.S. War, and Pilot Knob Hill, a traditional burial ground. The tours give you an opportunity to learn parts of Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story telling.
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East Side Freedom Library Events
835 6TH ST E
St Paul, MN 55106

playedforloveJoin us May 11 at 7 PM for a conversation with Frank M. White, author of the new book, They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota. The book recovers the history of African American ballplayers in Minnesota from the 1870s to the 1960s, through photos, artifacts, and oral histories.

The Civil Rights Movement Meets the Labor Movement: A Page from History on May 5 at 10 AM. This event is cosponsored by Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education!

From Swede Hollow to Arlington Hills: The Immigrant Past and Present of Payne Avenue (Walking Tour) on May 22 at 2 PM. Starting at Yarusso's and ending at the Library. This event is cosponsored by Untold Stories and Friends of the Saint Paul Library! 
"Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants- The Artist's Panel"
Thursday, June 23, 7:30-9:00am
African Development Center
1931 South 5th Street
Please Sign Up so we may plan for enough food.

African Development Center invites you to attend the second of three conversations that increases a Mainstream’s understanding of migrant experiences and barriers faced in resettlement.

7:30-8:00 AM – Network and enjoy a light breakfast of Fresh Fruit, Coffee, Sweet Somali Tea and Sambusas from Afro Deli.
8:00-9:00 AM – Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A with Hamse Warfa – Philanthropist and Author of “America Here I Come”, Ifrah Mansour – Multimedia Artist and Creator of “Somalia on a Stick”, and Abdi “Phenomenal” – Nationally Recognized “Youth” Spoken Word Artist.

Upcoming YWCA of Minneapolis Racial Justice events
Racism 101
Tuesday May 17th, 2016 6:30 – 8:30
Location: Central Lutheran Church
Cost: $10 ($5 for YWCA of Minneapolis members)
RSVP by May 10, 2016
This is a knowledge and awareness level workshop.
What is racism, really? Often people think of big, obvious examples, like racial slurs, KKK or Nazis, racial hate crime, or not hiring someone because the color of their skin. But thinking about what Racism IS and IS NOT is much more complicated than that. Join us for a conversation that explores the 4 levels of Racism and how they stand alone and intersect with each other. Gain knowledge of how Racism plays a role in everyday interactions, decisions, policies, procedures and laws within the US.  Register Here
Readers Against Racism: Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis
Saturday June 4th, 2016 9:30 – 11:00am
Location: Mill City Museum, Cargill Room, 7004 South 2nd Street Minneapolis 55401
FREE Event!
RSVP by May 28, 2016

Join facilitators from the YWCA of Minneapolis as we discuss this classic work by Angela Davis, Women, Race & Class. “A powerful study of the women's movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders.” Register Here
Confronting Racism: Minnesota Style
Wednesday June 15th, 2016 6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Central Lutheran Church
Cost: $50 ($25 for YWCA of Mpls Members
RSVP by June 8th, 2016
This is a Skills and Practice level workshop.

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.

Register Here
For over ten 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:
4/28/16 – Professor Mahmoud El-Kati on understanding racism in America today
5/12/16 – Being planned
5/26/16 – Being planned
6/9/16 – Muneer Kacher-Ramos on Promise Neighborhood

Healing Minnesota Stories Blog Entries

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!