Dear friends, lovers and acquaintances of the Omni Commons,
Consider these questions:
* How does racial justice relate to economic justice and anti-capitalism?
* How does racism affect each of us as individuals and as a community?
* Why is there no such thing as “reverse racism”?
* What does it mean to experience intersectional oppression?
* What kinds of structures and processes can help us dismantle forces of
oppression at the Omni?
If you have ever wanted to discuss any of these questions, if you are
interested in racial justice, or if you have experienced racism at the
Omni, you are invited to join in a series of conversations about race and
racism to be hosted weekly at the Omni for the month of September.
The conversations will be structured as racial identity caucuses. Racial
identity caucusing is a strategy that recognizes racism as a system that
effects different racial groups very differently. There will be space at
the start of each caucus to discuss the use of this strategy. Anyone
unfamiliar with the strategy is encouraged to check out the resource
attached to this email.
We will begin with a three-part series for September, which can be
continued if there's interest:
*People of Color-only Caucus*: Sunday, September 13th, 12pm-3pm
*White-only Caucus*: Sunday, September 20th, 12pm-3pm
*Open to all Caucus*: Sunday, September 27th, 12pm-3pm
*Lunch: 12pm-1pm, Conversation: 1-3pm*
The conversations will be hosted in the *Disco Room*, and there will be a
potluck lunch beforehand, so please bring an open heart and something
tasty. If you plan to attend, RSVP to transculturalcinema(a)gmail.com with
the following information: which caucus you plan to attend, what food you
can bring, whether you are interested in co-facilitating, and any questions
or issues you would like to discuss.
These caucuses/conversations are being hosted as part of the *Becoming Omni
*process, which is a 30-hr. Visioning and Planning Process currently being
planned for the beginning of October. We welcome all those interested in
helping shape the future of the Omni to join in this process. If you want
to learn more, please email becoming(a)lists.omnicommons.org
Love & solidarity,
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
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