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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 http://www.pisab.org , a national multiracial, antiracist 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.



Participants are asked to commit to the full two and a half days of the session. Questions, contact Leslie Potenzo, 831-359-1058 or lp@cruzio.com