SCCCCOR is Proud to Be Supporting This Great Community Building Event

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Please Also Note These Upcoming Facilitated Book Groups

Putting Race On The Table
Dear SCCCCOR Friends,
SCCCCOR, as part of the Santa Cruz County wide group Racial Equity Trainers Network, is launching two facilitator led book groups. The two books being offered are:

1)    “How To Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X Kendi
This book group, co-led by Silvia Morales and Alain Desouches, will meet in Watsonville for 8 weeks every other Saturday morning from 10 am to noon except around the holidays. The first meeting will begin Sept 21 and continue Oct 5, Oct 19, Nov 2 (1:30 to 3:30 pm as an exception), Nov 16, Nov 30, Dec 7, then Jan 11. The location will be the Watsonville YMCA. 
2)    “White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard For White People To Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo

This book group, co-led by Leslie Potenzo and Michelle Schiefelbein, will meet for 8 weeks, every other Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30 PM. The first meeting will begin Sept 24 and continue Oct 8th, Oct 22nd, Nov 5th, Nov 19th, Dec 3rd, Dec 17th, then 3 weeks later on Jan 7th.  The location will be RCNV 612 Ocean St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

We invite you to join us for one or both of these series to deepen the work of dismantling the system of racism. 

Advanced registration is required, and further details will be sent to participants.
For “How To Be An Antiracist
please e-mail Alain at
For “White Fragility” please e-mail contact Leslie at
Descriptions of Books Being Studied

“How to Be An Antiracist” Ibram X. Kendi’s book offers Antiracism as a transformative concept that reorients and re-energizes the conversation about racism, and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism.  This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

“White Fragility”  Robin DiAngelo’s book addresses how we are racialized, what is whiteness, what are its underpinnings, and how the system maintains and recreates itself.

To dismantle racism we must begin to see our place and part in it and become conscious of how it continues to remain hidden in our race based society. Importantly, the book illuminates the common patterns and responses that white people have when race and racism is being discussed and the ways that this perpetuates the system of racism.

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Dear Friends,

SCCCCOR’S Mission:

To train, equip and support community members and

institutions to effectively work toward racial equity.

“Racism is the primary barrier preventing communities from building effective coalitions and overcoming institutionalized oppression and inequities.”

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond


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SCCCCOR Half Sheet JPEG 1 SCCCCOR Half Sheet JPEG 2 Dear Friends,

Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism

invites you to our next educational workshop titled:

(DE)Colonialism – Breaking Free From the Colonial Mindset

This workshop, a module of the “Racial Equity Learning” series developed by World Trust Educational Services*, allows participants to explore further some of the root causes of racial inequities. The aim of this workshop is to:

  • Discover rationales for colonialism and imperialism.
  • Examine how the ideals of colonialism are part of a large pattern of relationships

(both personal and external) that still exist in the world today.

  • Investigate how colonialism has created the foundation of our cultural thinking.

Where:  The Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St. Santa Cruz 95060

When:  Saturday September 30th, 2017, 10 AM to 4:30 PM 

With 1 hour lunch break                              Doors open at 9:30 AM

The event is free. Donations are appreciated and support SCCCCOR’s ability to continue its work.  We would love for you and others from your circle and network to attend.

Please Register: Here

For more information visit the Facebook event page:  Here

In gratitude,


For more information contact Leslie at 831-359-1058 or

* World Trust’s Mission:  Through education rooted in love and justice, World Trust ignites longing and expands capacity to create a world free from racism.


“Racism is the primary barrier preventing communities from building effective coalitions and overcoming institutionalized oppression and inequities.”  The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. 


Also, please look for our continuing series of workshops in partnership with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond





The Undoing Institutionalized Racism Workshop is an intensive two-and-a-half- day workshop designed to educate, challenge and empower people to “undo” the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The training is based on the premise that racism has been systematically erected and that it can be “undone” if people understand where it comes from, how it functions and why it is perpetuated.

This workshop is offered by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond , a national multiracial, anti-racist collective of veteran organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social change. The People’s Institute was founded in 1980, has trained thousands of people in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, and is recognized nationally for the quality of its training. The workshop addresses the following areas:

Analyzing Power – Examining why people are poor, how institutions perpetuate the imbalance of power, and who is responsible for maintaining the status quo.

Defining Racism – To undo racism, it must be understood. Being very clear about what racism is and what it is not in order to avoid serious strategic and tactical errors.

Understanding the Manifestations of Racism – Racism operates in more than just individual and institutional settings. The dynamics of cultural racism, linguistic racism, and militarism as applied racism are examined.
Learning from History – Racism has distorted, suppressed and denied the histories of people of color and white people as well. A correct knowledge of history is a necessary organizing tool.

Sharing Culture – One of the most effective methods of oppression is to deny a people its history and culture. The training process emphasizes “cultural sharing” as a critical organizing tool.

Organizing to Undo Racism – How can communities achieve concrete results in dismantling the structures of racism? The principles of effective organizing, the process of community empowerment, the techniques of effective strategizing and the internal dynamics of leadership development are explored.

For questions about upcoming workshops contact Leslie Potenzo, 831-359-1058 or