Interrupting Racism Actionshop

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Interrupting Racism Actionshop

June 30 @ 9:00 am until June 30 @ 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: 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 the May 26 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. REGISTER

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 Monday, June 12. For more information or to register: WORK TRADE

Schedule and Location:

Date Friday, June 30, @ 9 am-4 pm

Multnomah Friends Meeting
4312 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

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. We’ll open registration in July for anyone who has attended our full-day Interrupting Racism Actionshop, but you can save the date for now: Friday, July 28, 10-noon at Resolutions Northwest.

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.

If you like this training you might also like Institutional Equity: Tools and Frameworks for Leaders on Sept 29.

Your Trainers

“CarlosCarlos Kareem Windham has nearly twenty years professional experience training, and advocating for social justice, racial equity, and community empowerment. Carlos’ extensive community work for global justice is deeply informed by his sensibilities and understanding of power dynamics at the intersection of race, class and gender.
image002Sandy Bacharach is a white woman from southern California who came to Portland for college and stayed long after. Sandy has studied and traveled extensively throughout Latin America and worked as the Spanish Language Mediation Specialist with Resolutions Northwest for 12 years. Through that position and now as a Facilitation & Training Specialist, Sandy has 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 AshfordJohn/Akintola H. Ashford Jr.: has worked in Portland, Oregon for over 28 years with youth and families. He started as a youth minister for St. Andrews and Immaculate Heart Church. Also he has worked with gang members and their families through Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Department. He has helped create the Save Our Youth Program which deals with conflict resolution and violence. Nationally, he has trained several agencies on how to be more effective with families that have been plagued with violence and crisis. He has been a part of Solvalti for over 5 years, facilitating Domestic Violence groups and the Fatherhood program. He is a volunteer for Resolution Northwest. He facilitates skill groups for Young Men’s Empowerment Program. He has a passion for Diversity and Restorative Justice work. He is the owner of Exstasis of Shango consulting firm. He graduated from Rockhurst Jesuit University with a BA in Communication and French. He has facilitated leadership trainings in Europe. He facilitates skill groups for adults and youth. He studied a year abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France and studied Sacred Geometry in Northern Spain. He practiced Mediation with Resolution NW. He has a Black Belt in Traditional Taekwondo-Do. He is certified in Sheng Zhen Wuji Yaun Gong. He was certified in NCTI Cognitive Restructuring. In February 2014 he was honored at Oregon Historical Society as a Oregon Freedom Fighter by way of Roosevelt’s Freedom Fighter Project.


June 30
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sandy Bacharach
(503) 595-4890 x109


Friends Meeting House
4312 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97215 United States
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A 3-day workshop for facilitators, managers, community leaders, advocates, or anyone who is motivated to guide groups to do their best work.  Learn how to understand, design for and manage group dynamics by grounding the work in themes of inclusion, connection and clarity of purpose.

This training focuses on skills for outside facilitators (those who are not members of the groups they are facilitating), though the tools are applicable to other situations.

Conflict Resolutions: The Basics

Where do you need these skills the most?  Girlfriend who never listens? Racist uncle? Unsupportive boss? Tantrum-ing teen? Bring your questions and examples, and learn to apply these skills to all of who you are and where you go.

In this practical and interactive training, you will gain tools to have hard conversations, say what you need to say, and listen with your whole self.

Build your communication skills and learn ways to separate your intention from your impact on others. Effective communication often begins with a deeper understanding of how the world is experiencing you.

Equity-Informed Small Group Facilitation

Join us for an exploration of the difficulties and intricacies of facilitating small-group discussions that touch on our personal experiences of race, identity, equity and more.

This training focuses on small-group discussion within a larger forum; we will not cover process design or lead facilitation. The skills we will cover are applicable in any situation where people struggle to discuss difficult or divisive issues.

Interrupting Racism: Imagine a world where, when racism arises, we take action.

We’ll start by providing a grounded space to talk deeply and with heart. But we won’t stop there! Simply talking about racism is not enough to dismantle the power structures that uphold racial injustice. At the same time, creating systemic change requires healthy working relationships.

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.

Institutional Equity: Tools and Frameworks for Leaders

By the year 2042, white people will become a minority in the United States of America. The context of the world is changing radically, and we are living the response to those changes in our communities and our workplaces.

This training intends to empower individuals to take leadership, wherever you are, to ensure that the response to the cultural shift in our country is responsible, healthy, and just.

People of any level of experience are welcome. The training will be highly interactive and will challenge each of us to move through challenges and discomfort toward engagement, connection, and action.

Understand Racism: 6 Week Dialogue

Two hours a week for six weeks you will explore racial bias from many different angles. A trained facilitator will create a safe environment in which participants can engage in guided discussion around selected readings and videos.

You will have the benefit of making deeper connections with people in the dialogue and raising your awareness of how racism affects us all; whether it is your personal lived experiences or learning from the experiences of other participants and/or facilitators.