Difficult Conversations Workshop - Sponsored by SURJ

With Facilitators from White Noise Collective

How do we approach the challenging conversations in our lives, whether it’s about confederate flags, Donald Trump, cultural appropriation, Palestine/Israel, or even just racism and racial justice in general?

This workshop is an opportunity to dive in much deeper with structured time to practice a range of difficult conversations around highly-charged racial issues. We will be sharing some basic skill-building tools in how to approach conversations, and then explore scenarios relevant to the lives of participants. This will include examination of some of the ways that internalized sexism can impact our courageous speaking capacities.

Small group work, role-plays, and Theater of the Oppressed techniques will support seeing tough communication blocks in a new light. We’ll try out what feels challenging, in a relatively low-stakes and supportive environment, allowing ourselves time to debrief, reflect, and learn from each other.

Tickets are sliding scale - $10 to $50. No one turned away for lack of funds. Email basebuilding@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions.

Accessibility: Oakstop is located in downtown Oakland, two blocks from 19th St. BART and other AC transit lines. There is free parking on the street on Sundays, and there are public lots nearby. To enter the building, dial: 201 on the box to the left of the front door, and someone will buzz you in. There is no automatic door button. There is a working elevator just past the stairs in the main hallway. There are gender neutral and ADA accessible toilets on the ground floor, and ADA accessible stalls on the 2nd floor, where we’ll be meeting. The contractor at Oakstop does use chemical cleaner, but their policy is to use natural cleaners for a few days before an event, if requested to provided a scent-reduced space. There is quiet space just down the hall from where we’ll be meeting. We are not providing ASL interpretation. We are not providing childcare.
Please email Hattie at henrymundane@gmail.com with any accessibility needs or concerns.


March 05, 2017 at 3pm - 6pm
1721 Broadway 2nd floor
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
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