Dates: Sept 14th – Oct 19th 2020

Registration closes Aug 31. Space is limited.

6 Week Commitment, 4-8 hours a week

This Antiracism Practice Immersion is designed to support white folks show up with courage, resilience and humility to dismantle white supremacy. We focus on embodiment and somatic healing towards developing the capacity to see and transform how racism lives in our bodies, not just our minds. Collective action and social struggle are required to radically transform harmful, unjust institutions, social structures and ways of living. This class is a space for white folks to prepare and practice showing up more effectively for these justice struggles. In particular, we aim to support activists and others engaged in justice work. 

This is not a “Racism 101” class. It is created for those who have a functional understanding of the living legacies of settler colonialism and racial capitalism. 

Note: This class is designed for white people to undo the specific ways racism lives through us. By white we mean people with European ancestry and any ethnicity or religious background who benefit from white privilege. POC or mixed-race people who benefit from racial/light-skin privilege who wish to join should reach out to the instructors about their participation.

“Things are not getting worse. They are getting uncovered. WE must hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil.” 

adrienne maree brown

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Week 1 Knowing whiteness & white fragility in the body

Week 2 Seeing whiteness in our world 

Week 3 Building resilience and courage in the face of racial pain 

Week 4 Building our capacities to interrupt everyday racism

Week 5 Cultivating repair and divesting from whiteness 

Week 6 Embodying radical possibility & cultivating our political imaginations

And beyond: Reclaiming belonging through building community around antiracism

 

Course fees: This class is offered on a donation basis. This does not mean that the class is free. It is important to invest our resources in antiracism. Students will be able to make donations to support the class and the facilitators, in the context of their own financial situation. Once course expenses are covered, donations will go to Black and Indigenous led justice organizations in NM through the Honor Native Land Tax as well as the Yoga for People of Color Sangha. 

Facilitated by Jennifer Tucker PHD and Avery Kalapa CIYT, BFA

Jennifer is a researcher and educator in UNM’s department of Community & Regional Planning, with long history of activism for environmental, economic and racial justice. She is also a meditation practitioner in the lineage of Theravada Buddhism.  

Avery is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, community organizer, and healing justice advocate. They are a white queer nonbinary settler living, learning, and raising kids on Tiwa land in beautiful Albuquerque NM.

FAQ

Should white people be leading classes/spaces on Antiracism? 

This series is not meant to replace antiracism training, funding/uplifting BIPOC teachers, or other learning directly from folks most impacted by racism. This group is designed to support you to stay engaged, accountable and willing to continue the work. We are responding to BIPOC comrades and leaders in our circles who are tired, focussed on organizing their own, and calling on white folks to do this work with other white people. We aren’t experts. We are on the path with you. 

What types of things will we be doing?

This course will utilize the zoom platform, as well as possible audio/video content created for the group, and a personal daily practice. The syllabus is in depth and interactive, and includes discussion, guided somatic/ embodiment practices, nervous system regulation, roll playing, breath work, journaling, mindfulness, a daily antiracism recommitment, and ongoing activism actions to strengthen our understanding of our role and commitment to this crucial collective work. 

Is the class for all genders?

Absolutely. Trans, nonbinary, queer folks, people of any gender identity are welcome to attend. We recognize our group will be stronger and the benefit deeper for all with participation from you and we seek to honor these intersections. 

I have some physical challenges because of my age, a disability, chronic illness, and/ or an injury. Will I still be able to participate in the practices and course?

We hope so! The body, breath etc. practices are adaptive and trauma informed. Your experience and insight is of great value. If you have specific questions email us at

Another note on accessibility: We will be using Zoom so you’ll need a computer tablet or smartphone and internet and an email address in order to participate. The sessions will be in English, and in mountain time. We don’t currently have closed captioning but are looking into it.

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