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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, 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 – Effective organizing requires accurate analysis. Analysis includes the systems that keep racism in place. The training examines why people are poor, how institutions and organizations perpetuate the imbalance of power, and who is responsible for maintaining the status quo.
Defining Racism – In order to undo racism, it must be understood. Organizers and educators who intend to build effective coalitions need to be 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 as well as a source of personal and collective empowerment.
Sharing Culture – One of the most effective methods of oppression is to deny a people its history and culture. The training process strongly 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.

The UIR workshop is two and a half days in duration, geared to 40 participants. Participants are asked to commit to the full two and a half days of the session.

When: Fri. 5/29/15, 5-8 PM, Sat. 5/30/15, 9-5 PM, Sun. 5/31/15, 9-3 PM

Where: Santa Cruz PD Community Room, 155 Center Street, Santa Cruz Cost: $350.00

To register online via the Pachamama Alliance Portal:


Questions: contact Leslie Potenzo, 831-359-1058 or lp@cruzio.com

Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism

Mission Statement

 The Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome (SCCCCOR) seeks to address structural racism as a root cause of racial disproportionality and disparity within public institutions in Santa Cruz County in order that all people will receive equal treatment, including vulnerable children. Rather than providing temporary corrective solutions through direct services, we work towards systemic transformation so that those who are vulnerable will not face racism in their lives and thereby have few obstacles to successful lives.

Our Strategies:

* System mapping, data collection & analysis, planning & accountability

* Forming relationships with community stakeholders, institutions, families and youth

* Taping into the knowledge of experts in Juvenile Justice Reform, for example, the W. Haywood Burns Institute & the Annie E. Casey Foundation

* Educating and engaging the community on local issues impacting our youth, that act as barriers to successful healthy development

* Participating in local collaborative efforts: BASTA (Broad-based Apprehension, Suppression, Treatment, Alternatives), Youth Violence Prevention Taskforce, Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission, and more

2014 Priority Issues

* Direct files

* School Disciplinary Policies

* Gang Policies


*Participation in collaborative tables addressing issues impacting youth

*Community Education & Engagement Nights: ‘History of Juvenile Justice Reform’ & ‘Trying Youth as Adults’