350 Connecticut Introduction to Anti-Oppression Workshop

Join us for the first-ever 350 Connecticut Introduction to Anti-oppression Workshop.

When: Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Yale Divinity School

Workshop Description: We live in a stratified society. Racism, sexism, classism and other forms of oppression divide us and prevent us from working together. This workshop will provide an overview of the need to dismantle oppression within our organization in order to be able to effectively implement solutions to the challenges we face. We’ll discuss the barriers to success as well as the positive impacts of working to dismantle oppression as organizers. Participants will also learn about privilege and how it shapes our lives and our interactions with each other. Anyone that is truly open to a frank discussion of how to dismantle oppression and make 350 Connecticut an inclusive and welcoming organization is encouraged to join.

This workshop is free but space is limited. If you would like to attend or if you have questions please send an email to [email protected]s.com to reserve a spot. Also, let us know if you need assistance getting there and we’ll do our best to make it work.

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Workshop Overview:

Welcome and introductions: In this section we’ll talk about who we are, why we’re here as individuals and as a group, and review 350 Connecticut’s commitment to anti-oppression.

Ground Rules: As in other meetings, we’ll create a list of ground rules to ensure everyone’s comfort and participation, and will ask people to be fully present in the group. We’ll discuss what a “safe space” is, and the things we can do as individuals and as a group to create a safe space.

Definitions: In order to make sure we are all on the same page regarding the terms we are using, we will be defining some of the key terms used. The definitions will not be up for discussion for the purposes of this workshop.

Identity Groups: In this section we will discuss the ways in which membership in certain identity groups shapes the way we as individuals see and experience society, and the ways in which identity group membership shapes the way society sees and treats us. The goal is to understand that belonging to certain identity groups has an inherent impact on our understanding of and relationship to issues in society.

Stereotypes: This brief section will define and discuss stereotypes, how they are damaging, and how to move beyond them.

Manifestations of Oppression: This section will explain the four manifestations of oppression (interpersonal, organizational, institutional, and cultural), and how they are expressed differently yet reinforce each other. We will discuss the different impacts these manifestations they have on individuals, groups, and systems.

Privilege and Power Dynamics: Once we have an idea of how our memberships in identity groups affect our roles and status in society, we’ll be able to discuss the ways in which certain identity groups have privilege and power over others, and how to recognize the privilege and power that work against inclusion and equality.

Allies: In this section we will discuss what an ally is and how to be one.

Conclusion: After the workshop we encourage people who can to join us for drinks and pizza at Bar in New Haven.

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