UPDATE! We have reached capacity for this group! You can still sign up in the commitment form below and we’ll consider you on the wait list in case someone is unable to participate.
Announcement! WHAT’S UP!? Pittsburgh will be hosting a 10-Session UNLEARNING RACISM GROUP for people dedicated to challenging white supremacy within ourselves, our families, our groups and workplaces, and our communities. The space will be focused on processes that white people need to undertake to unlearn racism and leverage themselves to building an equitable future. People of Color/People of the Global Majority are welcome to join for any reason, including interest in the content, community building, or as a means of holding the group accountable to the lived experiences and interests of People of Color.
Our time together is informed by readings, videos, and other media posted online. (Materials from past groups are posted in the drop down under “Study Group” on our website.) Some topics we’ll explore include: history, intersectionality, white racial transformation, internalized racial superiority, family roots, systemic and structural racism, mass incarceration, racial effects of environmental destruction, solidarity, and more. Over our time together, each participant will work on an action plan for how to incorporate anti-racist practice and acts of resistance within their spheres of influence.
Unlearning racism is hard but liberating work that requires honesty, humility, time, and a willingness to be vulnerable and, by extension, teachable. We ask that group members make a commitment to attending all or most of the meetings. Consistent participation is crucial to building trust so we can grow together. Additionally, we ask that participants prepare for sessions by doing their best to review the media and materials distributed before the sessions.
Meetings will be held over a shared meal at a home about two blocks from the corner of Negley and Stanton. They will take place from 6:30 to 9:15 pm usually twice a month on the second and fourth Mondays with a break in the schedule over the holidays. Dates for this group are: Nov. 12, Nov. 26, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Mar 25, and Apr 8.
For white-identified participants: A sliding-scale, pay-what-you-can contribution ($25 – $200) will be collected in order to pay POC advisors who will review our curriculum. We also ask that participants, who are financially able, be accountable to making at least three financial payments in any amount to POC-led justice work, POC families, or POC individuals over the course of our time together. Finding and learning about people and efforts you can support will be a part of our work together. Also, please know that no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Click through to our COMMITMENT FORM to learn more about the expectations of the group and, if you’re ready to commit, please fill it out! We’re capping enrollment at 20, so please be in touch soon.
We want everyone to be able to participate, so accessibility is important. Our planned location is a home that has five stairs to enter, a bathroom on the first floor (but no handrails in the bathroom), and open spaces to move around. We will gladly change locations if the stairs or anything else presents a barrier, and we will ask the group to keep scents at a minimum. There is a place in the sign up form to share any needs you may have, and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Questions are welcome! Contact Tiffany Wilhelm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT’S UP?! is part of a historical white anti-racist movement responding to the voices of civil rights activists who called on white people to go work with other white people to end racism. We believe that white supremacy will not fall without white people actively collaborating and fighting against it. We also believe that the responsibility of teaching white people about racism should not fall on of People of Color. It’s important to note that we are availing ourselves of many books, videos, articles, that have already been created from the hearts and minds of People of Color, and POC advisors will be reviewing our curriculum. This group in Pittsburgh was first inspired by the experience of some of our members who participated in the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training Program for white social justice activists hosted by the Catalyst Project in the Bay Area.