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  • Sunday, July 23, 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.

  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 06:45 PM · $5.00 USD
    Sierra Club in Oakland, CA

    SURJ Displacement and Gentrification Workshop

    Gentrification comes up constantly in the Bay Area, but few of us feel equipped to take action against it. Is it inevitable? What can we do now to prevent displacement?

    This SURJ workshop will put gentrification and displacement in a historical context so we understand the racialized political and economic drivers. You'll hear about past and current struggles led by communities of color to preserve their homes and communities.

    Facilitators from SURJ - Oakland/Bay Area will present analysis based on the work of Causa Justa :: Just Cause. SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Bay Area chapter, is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education. All are welcome at this workshop regardless of identity.

    We are asking for a $5-$20 donation, sliding scale, which will go to support CJJCs work challenging gentrification and fighting displacement. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

    Register here

    Accessibility
    Building Accessibility: There are two entrances to Sierra Club Office building on Webster and 21st both of which are accessible for mobility devices. The building has an elevator, and the kitchen space, conference room, and restrooms can also all accommodate mobility devices.


    Scents: The Sierra Club’s space endeavors to offer a scent free environment; however as the Club is currently transitioning towards the use of only scent free products, we cannot guarantee an entirely scent free space. We ask everyone to please arrive at meetings fragrance free to support access for folks who experience multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies. This means using only body products and laundry detergent that say “fragrance free” or “unscented” on the label and do not have scented ingredients.

    Restrooms: Restrooms are currently labeled in a gender-binary way. The Sierra Club is working on changing this and has an office policy that all restrooms are available to anyone, regardless of lived or perceived gender identity. We ask that folks choose the restroom that is right for them, and that no one question a person’s chosen restroom.

    QUESTIONS? Email basebuilding@surjbayarea.org

    More info on Causa Justa :: Just Cause here: http://www.cjjc.org/

     

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 06:45 PM · 7 rsvps
    Sierra Club in Oakland, CA

    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. 

    Getting Into the Lobby:
    The doors for the Sierra Club building lock right at 7pm, so please do your best to arrive prior to 7pm. We will have someone stationed at the Webster entrance to the building until 7:15 for late arrivals. If you arrive after 7pm, please use the Webster entrance.

    Parking and transportation:
    The closest BART station is 19th Street BART and the Sierra Club is 4 blocks from BART. If you come by Bart, head north on Broadway and then east (right) on 21st Street and left on Webster to the Building entrance.  There will be a greeter in the lobby until 7:15, but please arrive well before 7 pm so we can begin promptly. If you are driving, please try to carpool and arrive early to leave time to find a spot.

    Accessibility:
    Building Accessibility: There are two entrances to Sierra Club Office building on Webster and 21st both of which are accessible for mobility devices. The building has an elevator, and the kitchen space, conference room, and restrooms can also all accommodate mobility devices.
     
    Scents: The Sierra Club’s space endeavors to offer a scent free environment; however as the Club is currently transitioning towards the use of only scent free products, we cannot guarantee an entirely scent free space. We ask everyone to please arrive at meetings fragrance free to support access for folks who experience multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies. This means using only body products and laundry detergent that say “fragrance free” or “unscented” on the label and do not have scented ingredients. See https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/ for more info on going fragrance free.

    Restrooms: Restrooms are currently labeled in a gender-binary way. The Sierra Club is working on changing this and has an office policy that all restrooms are available to anyone, regardless of lived or perceived gender identity. We ask that folks choose the restroom that is right for them, and that no one question a person’s chosen restroom.

    If you have questions or offerings, please email basebuilding@surjbayarea.org.