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Introduction to privilege and anti racist practice


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A core principle within permaculture is to celebrate and value diversity. The appalling treatment of indigenous people at Standing Rock, police killings in the USA and racial bias in the UK justice system, cited in the Lammy review, demonstrates that we need to take action to ensure that all people are valued and treated fairly.

St Ethelburga’s is delighted to be offering a full day workshop with Camille Barton of The Collective Liberation Project, exploring privilege and anti-racism using a framework inspired by spiritual ecology and mindfulness. Aimed at people at various stages in their learning, this session will help you understand how this material relates to your body and lived experience so you are empowered to make systemic change in your community.

In this workshop body awareness, restorative justice and experiential learning theory will be used to understand how power, privilege and racism relates to our daily lives. We will consider:

• How is racism is connected to climate change, indigenous rights and economic inequality?
• What role does non-verbal communication play in maintaining power structures in daily life?
• What power do we have and how can we use it to create change on a local and global level?
• How can we support people that face oppression we have not experienced?
• How does racism relate to diversity issues in the UK, for example within environmental movements?

It is an opportunity to holistically integrate knowledge from the body, including our emotions, with anti-oppression theory such as intersectionality, whiteness and internalised racism. This will give insight into how we reproduce oppression in daily life so that we can identify and transform this behaviour.

The workshop is comprised of a variety of experiential group exercises, discussion and active listening to explore this material with a compassionate and sensitive approach. Example exercises include mindfulness, a privilege line and an interactive session on key terminology. We acknowledge that racism and other forms of oppression are often internalised in the body and link to strong emotions such as anger, guilt and shame. We provide a safe space to explore these feelings if they arise.

There will be space in the workshop for POC to share their expertise, as those targeted by racism, and make suggestions about how people can best support them in daily life and work towards systemic change. This is part of a strategy section that will enable participants to leave with concrete actions to start using immediately.

If you desire to make change in your community but need support, this workshop will provide interconnected strategies and insights to help you on your journey.
For more information on The Collective Liberation Project and their work visit: www.thecollectiveliberationproject.com

Reserve your space to avoid disappointment: https://stethelburgas.org/event/privilege-anti-racist-practise-2018/