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You may also want to join our (variably busy) action list! This list aims to support those in our community who want to engage more actively in the emerging movement and includes more frequent updates and information about actions that WNC organizes and those from other community groups. Feel free to send us info on racial justice related events you are organizing that would be open to and appropriate for our community members.

2017 Dialogues:

Dialogues are only open to participants of past workshops and dialogues. Please see here for a fuller description of what our dialogues are, and our new policy. To RSVP for a dialogue, join our email list and reply when the invite is sent out! Location changes each month. If you missed a dialogue, you can check out most of the dialogue notes here.

  • January 31: Challenges, Resistances, and Mutual Aid in a Time of Fascism
  • February 21: Aftermath of the Women’s March
  • March 21: Cross-Class Organizing in the Trump Era
  • May 16th: Ethics of All-White Racial Justice Spaces (with STAND)
  • June 20th:  White Feminists and the Use of Intersectionality: Critiques from Feminists of Color
  • July18th: Book Group, discussing Jordan Flaherty’s book No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality
  • August 1st: August Dialogue: Examining Settler Colonialism  

Upcoming Workshops:
  • Difficult Conversations with SURJ: July 23rd

Other Events:

  • Feb 12, 4-7 PM: Anti-Fascist film screening and Valentines-making
  • May 21: Weather Underground film screening and dialogue with Donna Willmott
  • August 6, 2-4PM: Living on Ohlone Land Whether we acknowledge it, we are always in relationship with Indigenous peoples by living in, organizing, and producing events on their ancestral homelands. There are hundreds of Native Nations working to reaffirm their sovereignty and protect cultural practices, traditional lands, waters, and natural resources – the entirety of North America (Turtle Island) is made up of distinct and overlapping Indigenous territories. Each decision we make, each action we take, affects Indigenous peoples. Organizations whose work is grounded in social justice or environmental protection have a distinct obligation to integrate local Indigenous communities and issues into their mission.

    This panel gathers to create opportunities for all people in Ohlone and neighboring territories to work together to re-envision the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land. Local Indigenous leaders Corrina Gould (Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone), Ruth Orta (Him*re-n Ohlone, Bay Miwok, and Plains Miwok), Ann Marie Sayers (Mutsun Ohlone), Chief Caleen Sisk (Winnemem Wintu), and moderator Desirae Harp (Mishewal Wappo, Diné) will be sharing information about:

    * Ohlone and Bay Area Indigenous practices and how people can build relationships with local Native people into their organization’s regular work.

    * Ohlone and Native Bay Area History & Geography.

    * Deepening our practical understanding of settler colonialism and being accountable to confronting Indigenous erasure here on Ohlone territories.

    * Respecting time-honored practices and the ways in which local Indigenous communities desire to be acknowledged by non-Natives, modeling practices of respect and permission between communities, such as the Ohlone and Winnemem Wintu of the Shasta region.

    * Awareness of how to avoid forms of tokenization, such as token involvement, invitations and superficial land acknowledgement.

    * Current Indigenous-led campaigns, including the Sogorea Te Land Trust, the fight to protect the West Berkeley Shellmound, and the Run for Salmon.


  • Building a Culture of Resistance to State Repression 
    Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
    Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland
    RSVP & follow on facebook hereWe’ll talk about how the state has historically tried to disrupt left movements, especially those led by people of color, and how to collectively resist it. This is a launch event for Catalyst’s new pamphlet: “A Troublemaker’s Guide: Principles for Racial Justice Activists in the Face of State Repression.”

    Panel discussion with:

    • Cat Brooks, Anti Police-Terror Project
    • Isaac Ontiveros, Center for Political Education
    • Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource and Organizing Center
    • Maisha Quint, Eastside Arts Alliance
    • Donna Willmott, Catalyst Project
    Wheelchair accessible, please come fragrance free. Please make childcare & other access requests to by July 31st.

    Suggested donation of $10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Participants will receive a copy of the pamphlet.

  • White Awake Study Group
    White Women: Wondering How to Participate in Creating Racial Justice?
    When: 2nd & 4th Sundays, September 10, 2017 through January 28, 2018
    Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 27th and Harrison Streets
    As racism and white supremacy rage are you looking for a place to deepen your
    knowledge, courage and commitment to racial justice? White Awake is a 5-month,
    multi-generational group for white cis, gender non-conforming, straight, queer,
    lesbian and transwomen that meets twice monthly. Through facilitated study,
    personal reflection, skill-building and action:
    • Become courageous and effective standing up to racism in our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, organizations and institutions
    • Deepen awareness of ourselves as white people and of white supremacy
    • Learn untaught history of racism and how it is maintained
    • Grow in well led circle of learning, unlearning, encouragement & challenge

    Commitment: We expect participants to make attendance & preparation a priority

    • Read 50-60 pages every two weeks and watch assigned videos
    • Complete assignments for reflection or action
    • Come prepared and on time to meetings
    • Attend all meetings except in critical circumstances

    Cost: Sliding scale of $40-$90 per month

    After the 2015 Charleston massacre, many white women needed and wanted more knowledge, analysis and action. Long time activists Lois Helmbold, retired Women’s Studies & History Professor, and Rochelle Towers, facilitator, social worker, counselor and coach started White Awake to springboard white women out of silence.

    To apply to White Awake:

    For more information

    Application Deadline: August 18, 2017

18 thoughts on “Calendar

  1. So interested in your collective and would love to hear more about meetings and other opportunities to get involved!

  2. Hi,

    I tried to register for the workshop on 11/10, but haven’t heard anything back, just wondering if I am registered or am still able to do so? Thanks!!


    • John, Sorry that we are just seeing your comment, after the fact. Unfortunately, we only gave out the address to folks after registration and the link for registration was sent out via our mailing list and facebook page. Feel free to like us on facebook or join our mailing list to hear of future events! //Beja

  3. Hey folks,
    I love what you all are doing! I have been seeking a group like this for some time. I’d like to attend the dialogue in July if it’s still happening. I want to get involved however I can.

    P.s did any of the group members go to the White Silence is Violence demonstration in Oakland on June 21? I think we need more actions like that.

  4. Hi there,

    Are there dates/times and locations set for the December 12th Difficult Conversations workshop as well as the upcoming winter/spring workshops? I am based in Brooklyn and am thrilled to just have come across your website in my research. I heard from someone that you might be starting to organize/hold workshops in NY as well- curious if this is in fact true and if so, how I might be able to participate and/or become involved. If that was in fact a rumor, do you have any organizations to recommend in NY (or closer than SF:) ) that are doing similar work at the intersection of whiteness and female identity? Many thanks,

  5. Hi! How do I start attending events in the Bay Area? Especially the workshop on December 3rd? Thanks so much, Nicole

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