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August Virtual Racial Equity Roundtable:

Structural Racism in 2020

August 6, 2020 (5:30-7:00 p.m.)

Racial Equity Roundtables are now online!

Of the four dimensions of racism (internalized, interpersonal, institutional, structural), structural racism can be the hardest to understand and articulate. Yet, if we aim to achieve racial justice in our country and communities, we must not only understand structural racism and explain it to others -- we must figure out ways to dismantle it. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide protests and responses following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have provided another stark illustration of structural racism and how it continues to operate -- to the detriment, oppression, and death of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. With the August 2020 Virtual Roundtable, we will dive deeper into the concept of structural racism, using historic and current examples, including many local ones, to improve our uunderstanding and ability to talk about racist systems, to identify anti-racist actions we can take to change those systems.

The August Roundtable will include participation via the chat feature on Zoom. We will also have a live conversation in race-based affinity groups (participants will be asked which group they would like to participant in when they register). 

Roundtables will be conducted online using Zoom, which works with both video and audio. Login instructions will be sent out when you register.  If you are not familiar with Zoom, we encourage you to log on 10 minutes early for a short tutorial.
Facilitated by Aristea Saulsbury and Melissa Meiris.
Event registration is sliding scale ($0 - $15). We want the roundtables to be accessible to all who would like to attend, regardless of ability to pay. 

Please call us at 707-442-2993 with questions.

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This racial equity work gives us a toolbox that helps us see things more clearly and then work in a logical and outcome-oriented way to address them.
-Kerry Venegas, Executive Director, Changing Tides Family Services

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We acknowledge that the land on which we are based is un-ceded territory and traditional ancestral homeland of indigenous nations: Hupa, Karuk, Mattole, Tolowa, Wailaki, Wiyot, Yurok, and other original inhabitants of Humboldt County. We respect and share our gratitude to Indigenous communities. We take this opportunity to thank and honor the original caretakers of land they continue to cherish and protect, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We encourage those in Wiyot territory to make a contribution to the Honor Tax, a system set up by local non-native people as one way to acknowledge the sacrifices and resiliency of the Wiyot people. Though there is no similar system for other Tribes in the region, we encourage direct giving to Tribes and Native-led efforts. 


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