Interrupting Racism Actionshop

Starts: March 17, 2018 10:00 am | Ends: March 17, 2018 5:00 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: For many Black and Brown people in our community, nothing has changed. For others, especially for many white people, the last Presidential election and events such as last May’s white-supremacist attack here in Portland have increased their motivation to find out what they can do. The Interrupting Racism Actionshop is not a response to these specific events. This is not a training in self-defense or nonviolent resistance. We will continue to focus the training, as we always have, on internal, interpersonal, organizational, and systemic racism and the work we need to do as individuals to change these systems.

In this workshop we will…

Acknowledge. Engage. Explore. Learn. Practice.

  • Acknowledge what gets in the way for each of us, and what is to be gained, when interrupting racism
  • Engage in deep dialogue about the different experiences we as individuals may have around race and racism
  • Explore various strategies for interrupting racism in the skin you’re in
  • Learn something new
  • Practice with real-life scenarios in a supportive environment

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

Work Trade: We also offer a work-trade slot that allows one person to attend for free in exchange for helping with things like shopping for refreshments, making copies, etc. You must enter the lottery by Sunday, March 4. For more information or to register: Work trade lottery

Schedule and Location:

  • Date: March 17 from 10am-5pm
  • Q Center: 4115 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97217

FREE practice workshop (optional): A training is as useful as your application of what you learn. We invite you to return a few weeks after the training 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 on April 7. Learn more here.

This is what people are saying

  • Interactive throughout, kept people engaged and responding.
  • Excellent energy! Thanks for your honesty and real life examples.
  • This made me stop and look at myself.
  • Thank you for your openness and very positive energy! This was probably the most useful training I’ve ever been to. Thank you!
  • It was great to be able to have time to act out scenarios where we can act and interrupt to challenge racism together.

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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.


March 17, 2018 10:00 am

March 17, 2018 5:00 pm

$240 (pay what you are able)

Lead Organizer

Carlos Kareem Windham


Interrupting Racism Actionshop
4115 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR, United States

Carlos Kareem Windham

March 17, 2018 10:00 am

March 17, 2018 5:00 pm