Interrupting Racism Actionshop

Starts: September 14, 2018 9:00 am | Ends: September 14, 2018 4:00 pm

Our September Actionshop is full but please register and join us for our next one December 12, 2018! Learn more.

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.


Acknowledging that Black and brown people carry the burden of emotional and intellectual labor in conversations about racism in the US, we are offering this series *free-of-charge* to people of color. To waive the fee, enter $1, mark that you will pay later, and send no money.

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

Schedule and Location:

  • Date: Friday, September 14 from 9am-4pm
  • The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233

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.

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.

Our September Actionshop is full but please register and join us for our next one December 12, 2018! Learn more.

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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.


September 14, 2018 9:00 am

September 14, 2018 4:00 pm

$240 (pay what you are able)

Lead Organizer

Carlos Kareem Windham


Interrupting Racism Actionshop
The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233

Carlos Kareem Windham

September 14, 2018 9:00 am

September 14, 2018 4:00 pm