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Posted on January 12, 2014 with 2 Comments
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Dear Friends,

SCCCCOR, (Santa Cruz Community Coalition to Overcome Racism), will present the film “Cracking the Codes, The System of Racial Inequity.” The evening is co-sponsored by Mayor Oscar Rios and the City of Watsonville, Community Action Board (CAB) and Santa Cruz County Women’s March (SCCWM)

This film is an excellent introduction to interpersonal and systemic racism and includes pauses for reflection and group discussion.

This World Trust Educational Services film examines:

·       Social Determinants: History, Identity & Culture
·       Internal Components: Bias, Privilege, Internalized Racism
·       External Relationships: Interpersonal, Institutional, Structural


Where: City of Watsonville’s Community Room 275 Main St. Watsonville CA

When: Thursday June 1st 2017, from 6 PM to 9 PM (Doors open at 5:30 PM)


The film includes Spanish subtitles.

The event is free—donations are appreciated!


For more information visit the Facebook Event Page

Please register hereWe hope you will attend!

In gratitude,


 “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. 

For more information contact Leslie Potenzo at 831-359-1058 or lp@cruzio.com 


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 http://www.pisab.org , 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 lp@cruzio.com