2017 Domestic U.S. Workshops

White Folk Work: Tools for White People to Engage in Courageous Conversations on Racism

In this workshop, we will discuss the specific work that white people need to do with one another to dismantle racism and white supremacy, and how to leverage our social capital to have difficult but necessary conversations. All white folks need to talk about racial justice this year, including those of us who already consider ourselves allies in the movement. Those conversation are opportunities to discuss what we can do to address racism in ourselves and our communities, and to challenge the scapegoating of “other” White people- especially working class White folks and/or White folks living in rural or rust belt towns. We will discuss the historic precedent of white Christians organizing in the Civil Rights movement, and make connections to current movement building work. There will be opportunity for role play and discussion. 


Solidarity with Refugees: Countering Nationalism and Fear  (Pending)


Analyze the Impact of White Privilege and Racism on poverty and hunger within our communities 

Explore the impact that White Privilege and Racism has had on poverty and hunger by within our communities. As a result of racial policies and laws within our country that date back to colonial times our communities have developed to the detriment of people of color. Although there have been improvements over time many of our communities remain racially segregated. We will engage the workshop participants on how White Privilege and bias has influences policies and decisions within their communities and other areas in our country regarding: housing, education and economic opportunities.  The goal of the workshop is for the participants to have a greater understanding of White Privilege, the influence it can have on creating racial disparities in communities and how we can respond on both an individual and policy level


Proposals to Dismantle the Safety Net – and the Potential Impact on People of Color 

This interactive workshop will focus on the impact that dismantling safety net programs (i.e. SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) and Medicaid will have on communities of color.  We will review specific proposals, the timelines of these threats, and discuss ways to protect core safety net programs. This workshop includes group discussion and a train-the-trainer exercise, where participants will create their own “laser talk” (a short elevator pitch to use with a policymaker) for their own advocacy efforts and learn how to train others back home to do the same. Participants will learn how to adapt this into different advocacy strategies, including emails and longer in-person meetings with congressional members.


Racial Reconciliation: Forging Community between Black / White / Latino / Asian Churches

The workshop on Racial Reconciliation: Forging Community between Black/White/Latino/Asian Churches will be informed by the recent racial reconciliation consultation between the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) and national mainline churches in Charleston, South Carolina during the trial of Dylan Roof in December 2016.  Roof was convicted of murdering nine faithful church members, including the pastor, during a bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church, reminding us all that the hard work of racial reconciliation is not yet over. The workshop will engage an informative and interactive process that seeks to foster follow up engagement at home with sacred conversations, corporate worship, fellowship and collaborative ministry efforts that will address racial reconciliation between churches and their communities; advocacy for public policies that reflect values of racial justice and reconciliation; and, accompaniment and support for younger generations of leadership in the promotion of these values.


The Racial Wealth and Income Gap

This workshop will provide the history of what created, and what is sustaining, the racial wealth divides in our country, and provide the policy solutions that will tackle this divide. During the workshop, participant will play an interactive game that provides the historical context for how wealth was created for some communities and how wealth was stripped or denied from others. After, participants will have a chance to reflect and facilitators will walk participants through next steps in policy and advocacy to achieve racial wealth and income equity.


More than Water: What we need to know and can learn from Standing Rock

This workshop will lift up key issues of racism, corporate power, and militarism in the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline against the will of the Standing Rock Nation and the allied water protectors defending the Missouri River.  This dynamic workshop will provide a brief background about the #NoDAPL campaign and offer a timely update of related advocacy actions.  Native Americans and clergy active in this movement will share insights.  With a lens toward matters of race, environment, and the militarized response of law enforcement, the workshop will delve into the deeper lessons to be learned from this historic, international, and indigenous-led movement. The workshop will also stimulate provocative questions for reflection related to other communities in  considering climate justice advocacy today.


The Lived Experiences of Poverty and Racism: Using Your Story to Shape Policy

While statistics and fact sheets are powerful tools, a personal story really has the power to transform a policymaker’s perspective and inspire them to make a difference. We’ll hear from several powerful storytellers, part of RESULTS Experts on Poverty network, about their lived experience of poverty and racism. They will share how they developed their own story, and how you can draw from your own experiences to speak powerfully about poverty. In addition, we’ll review data on poverty and racism and why stories that interweave data and personal experiences truly matter. There will be group activities to help participants interweave data and personal stories into their respective advocacy efforts.


Transforming Policing and Violence: Toward Nonviolent Approaches and Community Safety

As King called us to move away from the idea that violence or “war is just,” we will explore effective methods for moving away from police violence. One speaker will address various structural elements needed for a safer community including examples of police reforms. A second speaker will discuss unarmed civilian protection initiatives, including examples of unarmed policing. In pairs, small groups, and large group, we will discuss some of the advocacy options and how U.S. churches can help to scale up nonviolent practices in regards to policing and community safety issues. 

Shareholder Engagement as a Tool for Social Change 

Shareholder engagement can be a powerful tool to press corporations on the environmental and social impacts of their operations, from climate change, to human rights and labor, to food and water, to access to affordable health care.  Learn about strategies that faith- and values-based investors have developed to convince companies that ethical business practices – and a concern for all stakeholders, including employees, customers, and communities — are in the long-term interest of both companies and investors. 

Impunity and Destruction of Border Militarization (pending)


 Environmental Racism (pending)