Interrupting Racism Actionshop

Starts: February 13, 2019 9:00 am | Ends: February 13, 2019 4:00 pm

Imagine a world where, when racism arises, we take action. Racism is all around us. It lives in the DNA of every system and institution in the United States, and here in Portland. This Actionshop is focused on interpersonal racism, within the context of systemic and institutional oppression. We will explore the way racism arises in our everyday interactions, and offer tools and practice for interrupting racism.

We’ll provide a historically and contextually grounded space to talk deeply about racism and the evolution of Racial Codes. But we won’t stop there! Simply talking about racism is not enough to dismantle the power structures that uphold the racial order. At the same time, creating systemic change requires interrupting the learned and daily behaviors that reinforce racism to move toward building healthy communities.

A note from the trainers: The Interrupting Racism Actionshop is not a response to any specific outbursts of racism that have become prevalent as of late. Clearly, for many white people, the last Presidential election, the Black Lives Matter movement, and increased visibility around police violence and white-supremacist attacks have increased their motivation to find out what they can do. For too many Black and Brown community members, the brazen violence of whiteness that has been hidden for decades has taken center stage. This is not a training in self-defense or nonviolent resistance. We will focus, instead, on the structural and systemic nature of racism and the work we need to do as individuals to change these systems.


Because Black and Brown folks carry the burden of added emotional and intellectual labor in conversations about racism in the US when in mixed spaces with white people, RNW offers this workshop FREE OF CHARGE to participants of color. If your organization is able to cover the cost of your attendance, we certainly welcome part or all of the fee to support the work of RNW, in particular that of our Black staff & contractors.

This policy is neither an act of reparations or “micro-reparations”; it is a systemic offering to offset the harms caused by white people and the white gaze when trying to understand applied frames for equity from a human rights lens.

Your lived experience has taught you what you need to know. We offer language that we hope might help you identify the next steps on your path forward. The frameworks and concrete skills offered in this workshop can help navigate white supremacist systems.

For white participants, the fee for this workshop is $240. We ask each person to pay what you are able.

Space is limited. Register here.

Work Trade: We also offer a work-trade slot that will allow one participant to attend for free in exchange for assistance with setup, cleanup, purchasing refreshments with RNW funds, etc. Deadline to enter is January 30. To enter the work trade lottery, please click here.

Schedule and Location:

  • Date: Wednesday, February 13 from 9am-4pm
  • Aceh Community Room at Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny Street, Portland, OR 97204 (wheelchair and transit accessible)

FREE practice workshop (optional): A training is as useful as your application of what you learn. We invite you to return for our free practice workshops to celebrate your successes, share challenges you have faced, and get some more practice interrupting racism.

Join us for the next practice workshop after this training. 

This is what people are saying

Thank you for your openness and very positive energy! This was probably the most useful training I’ve ever been to. Thank you!

As a person of color, I learned more strategies to deal with Racism.

This opened my eyes to some tools to help me gain more of a voice with the struggle.

The presentation was REAL & relatable. Which made it easier to process for someone new to acknowledging the issues.

I feel like this training really helped me understand how to sit with the discomfort and provided some ideas of how to move forward.

Everything about how Carlos & Sandy interacted with us was fantastic and so thought provoking … Carlos & Sandy did a great job of noticing who was speaking/volunteering and making sure it wasn’t a male dominated conversation.

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Event Organizers

Carlos WindhamCarlos moved to Portland from the Bay Area where he worked for Netherland & Associates as a proposal writer and accounts manager. Since landing in Portland, he has done contract work with the Multnomah Youth Commission as a Youth Development Specialist and Portland Housing Bureau as a Community Outreach and Development Professional. Carlos has significant experience in community outreach, leadership development, administration, project/team coordination, training, public speaking, media relations and community facilitation. He has dedicated both his personal and professional life to the pursuit of human rights and positive social transformation. His enthusiasm and passion for this work is energizing.

Sandy BacharachSandy Bacharach (she/her pronouns) is a white woman from southern California who came to Portland for college and stayed long after. Sandy worked as the Spanish Language Mediation Specialist with Resolutions Northwest for 12 years and another nearly 4 years as a Facilitation & Training Specialist.  Through this work, Sandy developed and led trainings in English and Spanish on communication and conflict resolution, advanced bilingual mediation, interrupting racism, and addressing the intersection of race/racism in mediation.


February 13, 2019 9:00 am

February 13, 2019 4:00 pm

$240 (pay what you are able)

Lead Organizer

Carlos Kareem Windham


Interrupting Racism Actionshop
45 SW Ankeny Street, Portland, OR 97204

Carlos Kareem Windham

February 13, 2019 9:00 am

February 13, 2019 4:00 pm