Am I Karen?

Starts: June 11, 2020 2:30 pm | Ends: June 11, 2020 4:30 pm

(The time for this event has changed from 2pm to 2:30pm)

Have you caught yourself thinking, “I want to do something, but I don’t know how,” or “I’m not an expert, so what can I do”?

This is the space for you, white women, men, and people of all genders! *

Am I Karen? is an interactive live conversation and interruption practice where you will learn from other white women how and when to interrupt anti-Blackness when it happens.

Be ready to go deep, push aside those tears, and get to doing the work!

* Everyone is welcome. Black and brown people, if you join us, we will not expect you to educate white participants or to expose your trauma for their learning.


Thursday, June 11, from 2:30-4:30 pm

This is a remote training via Zoom. You can see some introductory videos on working with Zoom here.


  1. Plan for how you will use Zoom with video.
  2. Gather up a red item, a yellow item, and a green item that you can hold up on video, possibly for a few minutes at a time. Examples:  3 different t-shirts; a green mug, a yellow Frisbee, and a big red pencil; etc.
  3. This session will ask you to self-reflect, to receive feedback, and to practice offering feedback to others. How will you engage your fear, defensiveness, shame, or other reactions? You can always leave the workshop if it becomes too much – but we trust that you can survive this coaching experience! 3 things that might help you show up ready:
    • Exercise, do some stretches, have a family dance party. Drink some water.
    • Call to mind something that brings you joy, peace, or fulfillment. Notice how this makes you feel.
    • Think about all your wonderful intentions. Now set them aside. Write the word “outcomes” and stick it to your computer.

If any of this will be inaccessible for you, please contact us after you register so that we can help figure out how you can participate fully.


This dialogue is offered on a donation basis. We welcome everyone, regardless of your ability to pay.

For those who are able to donate, we encourage you to pledge a donation to an organization of your choice that is fighting against racism and anti-Blackness.

Space is limited. Register now


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Event Organizers

Carrie FuentesCarrie Fuentes (she/her/sometimes Queen) is a Xicana Fat Femme, born in Los Angeles and raised in Portland. Carrie has been working within local fat and queer community for over 10 years and working towards racial liberation since she learned about inequity from a very early age. As a trainer, consultant and facilitator Carrie uses humor and direct communication as key components to making difficult topics more accessible to folks.

Jae R. TaiI spent the first part of my professional career navigating work in digital media and tv/film production in the competitive regions of New York and Los Angeles. My work experience ranges from on-camera talent to production behind-the-scenes. My positions include; principal roles in a Spike Lee Joint, and It’s Your; Associate Producer for Cisco and Disney Planet Challenge.  These days my focus is exposing my children to an environment with a balanced racial narrative. Since returning to Portland, I have worked with Self Enhancement Inc. and taken a more active role in race relations by working with Resolutions NW as a race dialogue facilitator. Tiny Tech Academy supports my desire for creativity and social change. Learn more:

Teri PiersonTeri (she/her) has been training on topics related to racial and social justice for almost 30 years, and she has been a professional facilitator for about 15 years. Her work as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator at Resolutions Northwest and in private practice supports individuals and organizations to develop the will and capacity to bring their outcomes in line with their values, particularly around racial equity. As a white bisexual woman who grew up here in Portland, Teri is always up against her own learning edge in working for racial justice. She draws inspiration from her fabulous colleagues and from her practice of aikido, a Japanese martial art.


June 11, 2020 2:30 pm

June 11, 2020 4:30 pm


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Am I Karen?

June 11, 2020 2:30 pm

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