Racial Equity Social Justice Circle

Addressing systemic, institutional, organizational and personal racism is integral to accomplishing our mission. Racial equity occurs when racial identity no longer predicts a person’s quality of life. Racial justice is equity in action. We seek to address both the way inequity is exhibited and its causes. When persons and structures are actively reinforcing racial inequity and when they passively failing to undo the causes of racial inequity, we work to transform policies, practice, attitudes, and cultural messages.

And we have much to do. The Racial Equity Social Justice (RESJ) Circle was started in 2015 to help Freedom Project address individual, structural and systemic racism and oppression in our organization. The RESJ Circle meets monthly and welcomes guests and volunteers who are aligned with this mission.

Our first goal is to work toward becoming an anti-racist organization. We utilize the “Continuum for Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Institution” (with permission from Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training)* to guide our strategies, organizational development, and evaluations. To do this, we design and implement a strategy, timeline with benchmarks, and evaluation process for meeting those goals. This work is our continuing and ongoing practice.

Our second goal is to interrupt racism through our programming when we:

  • Go into places where systemic racism occurs and offer an equitable environment.
  • Support systemic transformation by offering Nonviolent Communication and mindfulness with a racial equity lens with people who are currently incarcerated, as well as with people who work in prison and in reentry.
  • Train volunteers how to facilitate in a racially-equitable way.
  • Ask people to look with compassion and equity at how they view people who have been incarcerated.

* © Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training, Chicago, IL: Adapted from the original concept by Bailey Jackson and Rita Hardiman, and further developed by Andrea Avazian and Ronice Branding; further adapted by Melia LaCour, PSESD.

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December 2019

“How We See People” Anti Oppression / Mass Incarceration

December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until March 14, 2020

Freedom Project, 918 S Horton Street | Suite 1015
Seattle, WA 98134 United States
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RSVP 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…

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NVC for You and Me (Module 8 of 8) – Leadership Series for Black, Indigenous and People of Color

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Nonviolent Communication (NVC), sometimes called Compassionate Communication, guides us to re-frame how we communicate with each other. When combined with mindfulness, NVC helps us identify what is alive inside of us and find ways to express that. It allows us to work through conflict peacefully with integrity, and improve how we express ourselves. But as amazing as NVC and mindfulness are at strengthening connections with self, friends, loved ones and community, the benefits haven’t been accessible to all communities. Sadly,…

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January 2020

“How We See People” Anti Oppression / Mass Incarceration

January 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Freedom Project, 918 S Horton Street | Suite 1015
Seattle, WA 98134 United States
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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…

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February 2020

“How We See People” Anti Oppression / Mass Incarceration

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Freedom Project, 918 S Horton Street | Suite 1015
Seattle, WA 98134 United States
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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…

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March 2020

CANCELLED “How We See People” Anti Oppression / Mass Incarceration

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Freedom Project, 918 S Horton Street | Suite 1015
Seattle, WA 98134 United States
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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…

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June 2020

How We See People: Anti Oppression / Mass Incarceration

June 6 @ 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…

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Black Fathers Matter – 2020 March

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Abubakr Islamic Center, 14101 Tukwila International Blvd.
Tukwila, WA 98168 United States
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Marching to elevate the lived experience of Black FathersSaturday's march will elevate the lived experiences of black fathers and shed light on the criminal legal system's impact on fatherhood. We will hear from fathers who have parented while incarcerated, young people who have grown up with incarcerated fathers and fathers whose children have been victims of police violence.

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