Interrupting Racism Actionshop

Starts: June 6, 2019 9:00 am | Ends: June 6, 2019 4:00 pm

Join us as we practice interrupting our learned and daily behaviors that reinforce racism – with the ultimate goal of transforming the power structures that uphold the racial order.

Black and Brown people: Your lived experience has taught you what you need to know. This workshop offers language, frameworks, and concrete skills to help navigate white supremacist systems.

White people: This is an opportunity to address the ways you have internalized the messages of the racist system that is all around us. Start working to dismantle it from the inside out.

Everyone: In this training, we unpack the historical context of racism and the evolution of Racial Codes. But we won’t stop there! We will engage deeply with these dynamics in a contextually grounded space that centers Black and Brown people and decenters whiteness.


Please review the registration options below, then register.

Black and Brown participants:

Because you 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.

White participants:

The fee for this workshop is $240. We ask each person to pay what you are able.

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 May 12. To enter the work trade lottery, please click here.

Schedule and Location:

  • Date: Thursday, June 6 from 9am-4pm
  • Location: Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217 (wheelchair and transit accessible)

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.

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.

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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.

John/Akintola Howard Ashford JrJohn/Akintola Howard Ashford Jr. was raised in Chicago. At the age of 13 he attended Precious Blood Seminary for 8 years. He graduated from Rockhurst Jesuit University with a BA in Communication and French. He studied a year abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France and studied Sacred Geometry in Northern Spain. He has worked in the NW for over 30 years with youth and their families. Presently he has been a Juvenile Court Counselor for over 27 years for Multnomah County. He was on GRIT(Gang Resource Intervention Team) which was the first gang unit for Multnomah County. While working for Multnomah County, he was the Lead Worker for the Save Our Youth Program which dealt with conflict and violence, GOALS Day Reporting Center, Community Detention Program. Nationally, he has trained several agencies on how to be more effective with families that have been plagued with violence and trauma. He is the creator of Akintola’s Corner . He has done leadership training in Sweden. He facilitates mediation, Difficult Conversations about Race and Unlearning Oppression through Resolution NW. He does Energetic Healing work, He facilitates Domestic Violence and Fatherhood classes for Sovalti. He facilitates Empowerment classes for young African American Boys for YMEP. Recently he has added the philosophy and practice of Access Consciousness. These new tools allows him to stay in the question and to dig deeper which allows more of his clients to show up. He has a Black Belt in Traditional Taekwondo-Do. He is certified in Wuji Cinnabar Tai Chi/Meditation and Access Consciousness/BARS Facilitator.


June 6, 2019 9:00 am

June 6, 2019 4:00 pm

$240 (pay what you are able)

Lead Organizer

Carlos Kareem Windham


Interrupting Racism Actionshop
4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217, USA

Carlos Kareem Windham

June 6, 2019 9:00 am

June 6, 2019 4:00 pm