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  • Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $10.00 USD
    Sierra Club in Oakland, CA

    Abolition of Policing Workshop with Critical Resistance

    Critical Resistance Oakland regularly offers this workshop that looks at the role and history of policing in the U.S., the way it has impacted various communities, and how people have resisted and challenged its inherent violence. This workshop also goes over how we can reduce our reliance on policing by highlighting the various ways that building up community strength and practices lead to true safety that does not depend on law enforcement.

    Tickets are sliding scale $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact basebuilding@surjbayarea.org with no-cost ticket requests or questions.

    Accessibility Information: The space is wheelchair accessible. We ask that you do your best to arrive at the event scent/fragrance free to keep the space as low-scent as possible to support people with chemical and scent sensitivities - please see https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/ for helpful information.

    If you have additional access needs or questions about this event, please email basebuilding@surjbayarea.org.

  • Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 06:30 PM · $15.00 USD
    Sierra Club in Oakland, CA

    Strategic Questioning Workshop with Ericka Huggins

    ErickaHuggins.gifStrategic Questioning: An approach to creating personal and social change

    Ericka Huggins will teach participants how to use Strategic Questioning in their political organizing and individual relationships by guiding people through practice and working in small groups.

    Strategic Questioning is a technique that allows the questioner and questionee to engage in active dialogue that leads to solutions rather than prompting a series of limited or dead-end responses. The purpose of the questions is two-fold: It allows the questionee to consider options and make decisions without feeling pressured, and it lets both questioner and questionee take an active role in finding solutions.

    Developed by Ronald T. Hyman and later refined by Fran Peavey, Strategic Questioning is a powerful tool for personal and social change as it helps people discover their own strategies and ideas for change. It involves a special type of questions and a special type of listening, which through the process, can change both the questioner and the questionee.

    Strategic Questioning addresses the question: How can we participate in the creation of change? Anyone can use strategic questions in their organizing work, or in their personal lives to liberate friends, coworkers, and political allies to create a path for change. When we open ourselves to another point of view, our own ideas will have to shift to take into account new information, new possibilities, and new strategies for resolving problems.

    Fran Peavey defines Strategic Questioning as follows:
    "Strategic Questioning is a way of talking with people with whom you have differences without abandoning your own beliefs and yet looking for common ground which may enable both parties to co-create a new path from the present situation. In every heart there is ambiguity; in every ideology there are parts that don't fit."

    Learn how to bring Strategic Questioning into your individual and collective work for racial justice.

    About Ericka Huggins:
    As an activist, former political prisoner and leader in the Black Panther Party, educator and student Ericka Huggins has devoted her life to the equality for all beyond the boundaries of age, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation or ability. For the past 30 years she has lectured around the country and internationally on issues related to the well-being of women, children and youth; incarceration; education; & the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting change.

    She spent 14 years in the Black Panther Party - the highlight being her eight years as Director of the renowned Oakland Community School from 1973-1981. During that time she became both the first Black person and the first woman appointed to the Alameda County Board of Education. Ericka continues to teach today. Ericka believes as a teacher, she must be a student; as a student she must be a teacher. She writes poetry. She reads to hone her critical thinking skills. And she believes that we learn best by engaging one another as we serve the world.

    Tickets are sliding scale $15 - $25. No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact basebuilding@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions.

    Accessibility Information: The space is wheelchair accessible. We ask that you do your best to arrive at the event scent/fragrance free to keep the space as low-scent as possible to support people with chemical and scent sensitivities - please see https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/ for helpful information.

    If you have additional access needs or questions about this event, please email basebuilding@surjbayarea.org.

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $15.00 USD
    Sierra Club in Oakland, CA

    Difficult Dialogues Workshop

    How do we approach the challenging conversations in our lives, whether it’s about confederate flags, Donald Trump, cultural appropriation, Palestine/Israel, or even just racism and racial justice in general?

    This workshop is an opportunity to dive in much deeper with structured time to practice a range of difficult conversations around highly-charged racial issues. We will be sharing some basic skill-building tools in how to approach conversations, and then explore scenarios relevant to the lives of participants. This will include examination of some of the ways that internalized sexism can impact our courageous speaking capacities.

    Small group work, role-plays, and Theater of the Oppressed techniques will support seeing tough communication blocks in a new light. We’ll try out what feels challenging, in a relatively low-stakes and supportive environment, allowing ourselves time to debrief, reflect, and learn from each other.

    Tickets are sliding scale $15 - $25. No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact basebuilding@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions.

    Accessibility Information: The space is wheelchair accessible. We ask that you do your best to arrive at the event scent/fragrance free to keep the space as low-scent as possible to support people with chemical and scent sensitivities - please see https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/ for helpful information.

    If you have additional access needs or questions about this event, please email basebuilding@surjbayarea.org.

  • Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 09:30 AM · $10.00 USD · 5 rsvps
    TBD - stay tuned

    Direct Action for Racial Justice: A SURJ Bay Area Training

    Join SURJ Bay Area for our engaging Direct Action training dedicated to teaching you the framework and skills needed to take action for racial justice. This interactive workshop is designed to give you real-time experience of being in a protest while also building our understanding of direct action from the perspective of white people participating in the movement for racial justice.

    We talk about the importance of direct action, centering Black and people of color voices, our perspective on relating to police, legal rights, and more. We teach direct action skills through the use of scenarios, discussion and role plays. Space is limited to 60 people per workshop and you must pre-register to attend.

    Cost: The workshop has a suggested donation of $10-$35 to cover event expenses, and support future organizing within SURJ Bay Area and our partner organizations. No one turned away for lack of funds- please contact mobilization@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions. Lunch will be provided.

    Materials: Please take a moment if you have not already done so to familiarize yourself with the SURJ Mission, Vision and Values. Also, another document that guides a lot of our work is the BASAT Protocol and Principles for White People Working to Support the Black Liberation Movement. 

    Accessibility: Please refrain from wearing perfume or heavily scented products our of respect for people with chemical sensitivities. There will *not* be sign language interpretation during the workshop, however, HOH folks will be accommodated with prioritized seating during group discussions and participatory activities. Inform people from our SURJ team, and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

    Contact: mobilization@surjbayarea.org with any questions or concerns.

     

     

  • Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 19 rsvps

    Intro to SURJ Meeting

    Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities. You'll also hear about SURJ's new pathways for entering the work, including study and action groups, committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We'll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice. 

    Parking and transportation:

    The closest BART station is 12th Street BART. If you come by Bart, take the 11th and Broadway exit from the 12th St. Station.  Turn left on 11th Street and right on Franklin. The plaza will be on the left-hand side. There is metered street parking in the area that is free after 6 pm as well as a parking garage below the Plaza that is $1 per ½ hour. Please try to carpool and arrive early to leave time to find a spot. 
    Accessibility:
    The entrances to the plaza where Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) are located are wheelchair accessible. You can enter the plaza (which takes up the entire block between 9th and 10th streets and Webster and Franklin streets) from all directions except 10th street. The door is on the second floor and is accessible by elevator, escalator and stairs. The building is ADA compliant: the bathroom doors have long handles that open out; and we will also have someone at the front door. Restrooms have wheelchair accessible stalls, with handles at a reasonable height. Restrooms are gendered with multiple stalls and a urinal in the men’s room at OACC, but we ask everyone to treat them as gender neutral and use whichever restroom feels most comfortable.
    While OACC does attempt to use unscented products as much as possible, they do use some chemically-scented cleaning products such as bleach, window cleaner, and possibly the bathroom hand soap. We will provide fragrance free soap in the bathrooms, and will reserve several rows of seating for people who are sure that they are free of fragrances and need to sit in a space that is less scented. We ask that attendees please refrain from wearing scented or fragranced body products or laundry detergent, to support access for people with chemical sensitivities. See https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/ for more info on going fragrance free.
    If you have additional access needs, questions, or offerings, please email basebuilding@surjbayarea.org.

     

  • Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM · $10.00 USD
    Suigetsukan Dojo in Oakland , CA

    Bystander Intervention Workshop: A SURJ Sponsored Training

    20161109_-_974C0269_-Trump_Post_Election_Protest_in_Oakland_-_photographed_by_Sam_Breach_2016_-_851_x_315.jpgAnnie Danger and Mike Esmailzadeh will lead a three-hour workshop on the basics of intervening in public as a bystander. They will cover the basics of stance, assertiveness, and situational awareness as well as go into depth about different potential scenarios, legality of bystander intervention, physical and social skills and tactics for successful intervention, de-escalation, police involvement, knowing your place, and aftercare.

    This workshop cannot cover all possibilities of intervention, but will provide a baseline for reducing harm and acting in effective solidarity with people being harassed or assaulted.

    If you have any physical disabilities or differences in ability organizers should know about, please email basebuilding@surjbayarea.org.

    Tickets are sliding scale $10 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact basebuilding@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions.