RSVP: “How We See People”


DATE: September 21, 2019 (Will also be offered on October 12 and November 16)
TIME: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
PLACE: 918 S Horton Street, Seattle, WA 98134 (map)
Look for our logo on the sandwich board sign on the sidewalk outside the Urban Storage Rental office. Someone will be there to greet you (it’s a secured building). Directions & Parking Instructions Here
TRANSIT: Location is a half mile from the Sodo Light Rail Station. There is free parking on S Horton Street (we have permission to park in front of Fabriform building on Saturdays).
This is an all-ages event.  This workshop is offered free of charge and lunch is provided (Taco Bar – with vegan & gluten-free options).

How do we see people? What’s the impact on others? What lenses do we see through and where do these lenses come from? How are *we* seen?

Whether we are overvalued or undervalued by society, the ways that we are seen are influenced by multiple systems, histories, experiences and institutions. This workshop seeks to explain the systems and institutions that shape the ways we see ourselves and others so that we can be more accountable for the impacts: internalized racial superiority, internalized racial inferiority, prejudice, fear and discrimination towards folks with conviction histories.

Through practice, experience and discussion, we will develop a basic anti-oppression framework, especially useful for people who want to work in prison, work with people in reentry, or who work in nonprofits. We will also discuss the roots of racism and mass incarceration and how they intersect with other forms of oppression.

Freedom Project has been supporting programs in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and mindfulness inside Washington State prisons for over 18 years. We believe that a successful social movement needs collaboration between folks working to break down oppressive systems from the inside and the outside. This workshop is part of the work we do on the outside to understand why people are incarcerated; examine our implicit biases about race, gender, power and violence; and practice making empowered choices about how we see people.