Anti-racism Training day

Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training

And

Presbyteries  of Newton and Elizabeth present

Complicit!

Understanding US Dominant Culture and Systemic Racism and How the PCUSA is Wrapped in it

Saturday, September 30 Presbyterian Church of Madison, 19 Green Avenue, Madison, NJ

9:00 to 3:30 pm

Cost $10 for Lunch

Workshop Description and Objectives

This Crossroads workshop is built on the premise that US society has a dominant cultural center which codifies (in overt and covert ways) who and what is seen as “normal, good, and standard.” In other words, this center establishes the dominant cultural rules by which all people and their ways of life are measured. The result is a dominant cultural arrangement that privileges white people and oppresses people of color that works alongside intersecting systems of dominance and subordination that assign worth and value to people based on socially constructed identities which include class, gender, sexuality, age, and ability, to name a few.

A discussion of this dynamic will ground the workshop and will serve as a jumping off point for an exploration of individual socialization and of the role the PC(USA) plays as a participants in andpreservers of dominant culture, despite good intentions and organizational goals to the contrary.

 

The workshop then is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Develop deeper language to talk about white cultural dominance in US institutions and how they make us complicit into systemic racism
  • Define and begin to understand what systemic racism is and how it operates in the US
  • Analyze the ways in which decisions, practices, and actions Presbyteries take as communities of faith maintain the US dominant status quo in ways that privilege white people and consequently contribute to the maintenance of racial injustice/inequity regardless of their commitments to justice and inclusion
  • Introduce practices and tools aimed at interrupting our individual and institutional complicity with racial injustice and inequity in the US and by default in the Presbytery

 

About Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training

Crossroads works for nothing less than the total restoration of all creation because it recognizes that systemic racism and other forms of structural oppression commodify creation and dehumanize people. Crossroads recognizes that racism intersects all other forms of oppression and as such to resist racism requires resistance to all other forms of social inequality and oppression.

 

The Mission of Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training is to dismantle systemic racism and build antiracist multicultural diversity within institutions and communities, implemented primarily by training institutional transformation teams and guided by the following principles:

  • Crossroads grounds its work upon a systemic analysis of racism and its individual, institutional, and cultural manifestations;
  • Crossroads seeks to be accountable in its work to those who share a common analysis of racism, and especially to communities of color;
  • Crossroads understands its antiracism work to be part of a national and global movement for racial justice and social equality;
  • Crossroads recognizes that resistance to racism also requires resistance to all other forms of social inequality and oppression.

Complicit! Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing & Training Flyer

Registration is now closed.

Deadline for Registration Monday, September 25

 

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