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How We See People: Anti Oppression / Mass Incarceration (Part 1)
November 20, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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, especially anti-Blackness.
Freedom Project works to dismantle the institution of mass incarceration and heal its traumatic effects on our community. We’ve been supporting programs in Nonviolent Communication and mindfulness inside Washington State prisons and in reentry 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 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.
This workshop will be held online via Zoom with frequent breaks throughout the day. Self-attendance matters, so let us know of any accessibility needs you have to support your participation. This workshop is interactive and relational, not a one-way presentation.
TIMES: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM **Because this workshop is relational, the ending times are approximate.**
This is an all-ages event. This workshop is offered free of charge.
(*This workshop is the first of two. Part 1 is required before you take Part 2. If you take Part 1, you are encouraged, not required, to take Part 2.)