December 2018 Newsletter
Hello All – A wealth of useful information is in the links offered this month! I am thankful to all those devoting their time and labor and making these resources and projects available. Please honor their work by reviewing these offerings. Mark those you will return to later when time permits.
I am hosting white caucus dialogue calls every 3rd Sunday of the month from 3-5PM Pacific (at least for the next few months). If attendance continues and feedback remains positive, we will continue. If you’ve already entered your information on the interest list, you’ll receive the RSVP invitation via email a week before the call each month. If you’d like to be added to the interest list, sign up here.
Registration is now open for AWARE-LA’s Summer Institute - Unmasking Whiteness. This event will take place in Los Angeles from Thursday-Sunday, July 25-28, 2019. Click here for more information. We typically sell out by February, so act soon if this is of interest.

From the Catalyst Project, this post succinctly describes the voter suppression tactics that were on full display during the midterm elections. It also highlights the successes of grassroots organizing efforts. As much a reflection as it is a call to action, this is worth the read.

Thanksgiving may be behind us, but the information curated in this Rethinking Thanksgiving Toolkit is essential any day of the year. “Developed by SURJ’s Indigenous Solidarity Working Group and in partnership with Indigenous comrades, this toolkit helps dismantle some of the myths around the ‘holiday’ and offers concrete ways to take action in solidarity with Indigenous communities.”

In addition to a wealth of topical and historical information, there are links to projects that support Indigenous people, such as Door Knocking for Reparations as a Rich Kid (Resource Generation) and Pay Rent to the Duwamish Tribe (for anyone who lives or works in (or visits) the Seattle area.
Conversation starters for every holiday gathering! Adapted from Living in the Shadow of the Cross, by Paul Kivel, this downloadable pdf explains how the major holidays celebrated in the U.S. have a Christian origin and serve to make invisible the traditions of non-Christians. I learned a lot reading this, and you might too!
The North Star, an anti-slavery newspaper started by Frederick Douglass in 1847 is being reborn. Listen to the 5-minute video on this webpage about the effort to rebuild this platform that will share untold stories of struggle and success. Shawn King writes that, “we are building The North Star as an independent, grassroots outlet. We are not accepting venture capital funding or commercial support. Everything we build and launch, we are going to finance with the generous support of our donors.” Consider becoming a founding member and subscriber.
For holiday party fun, try Resistance BINGO. I was introduced to this a year ago at a holiday party for local activists. You can encourage organizing and action while gathering with family and friends. It’s fun, and it has some wonderful ideas I’d never considered before playing this game.
This book is a step-by-step guide for meaningful conversations that bring people together. It is the first book to integrate mindfulness with the modern discipline of Nonviolent Communication and somatic healing. Regardless of the topic, communicating effectively is what makes or breaks our relationships. Offering simple yet powerful exercises, this book offers a clear method and concrete practices for healthier, more effective conversations.
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