About Us

August 9, 2014 – Strategy Retreat at Raccoon Creek State Park

Why We Exist
To actively create a world that is liberated from destructive White privilege and oppression.

Our History
What’s Up?! was formed in the fall of 2011, by a group of White-identified people studying anti-racism and participating in corresponding actions to challenge white supremacy. Our original name was WWHAT’S UP? (Whites Working and Hoping to Abolish Total Supremacy, Undermining Privilege). Because our core group is now multi-racial, WHAT’S UP?! changed our name by dropping the first “W” in the summer of 2014. We changed Hoping to Healing to acknowledge that we all need to heal from racism. We remain focused on raising the consciousness of White people and organizing in solidarity with People of Color. Since 2014, WHAT’S UP?! has been an affiliate of Showing Up for Racial Justice which is “a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice.”

What We Believe
–Racism hurts everyone and that unlearning racism is liberating for all
–Personal transformation is necessary
–Everyone has a role in dismantling oppressions
–We must work as whole people, acknowledging intersectionalities of oppression
–It’s vital to create accessible spaces that allow for the full participation of everyone
–Transparency and accountability are empowering
–Unlearning racism is a lifelong journey of growing and evolving
–Love is a tool for change

Our Goals
–To educate ourselves and strengthen our abilities to work for racial justice
–To support and encourage White people in challenging White supremacy, personally and structurally.
–To work in collaboration with organizations led by people of color and other allied individuals or organizations in the struggle for racial justice and collective liberation

What We Do
–Anti-racist Leadership Development
“Challenging White Supremacy” Study Group for White-Identified People
–Racial Justice Education
–Policy/Institutional Advocacy and Action
Community Building and Partnerships
Creative Anti-Racist Interventions

How We Work Together
We have a non-hierarchical leadership structure and utilize a consensus decision-making process. Our Core Committee meets monthly to propose ideas, report-back from other events, make decisions, and to strategize for the future. Interested in learning more about or joining the Core committee? Email whatsup4pittsburgh@gmail.com.


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