Neighborhood Games: Following the Leader

A free T.O. Philly workshop
led by Hariprasad Kowtha
Saturday, September 17
11AM –12:30 PM
Hosted by Asian Arts Initiative
in the Pearl Street Viaduct
1150 Pearl Street, Philadelphia
Register at ""

Come join Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed as we play games designed to express movement and stillness while in conversation with others. We'll explore what happens when you take someone else's movements and try them on in your own body and see what your movements look like with someone else doing them. FREE outdoor workshop. Dress to move! 

RSVP at "" or call 267-282-1057. See you there!

Made possible with support from Asian Arts Initiative:

Coming up:

  • Oct 4: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Oct 11-25: What Does Democracy Look Like?
  • Oct 17-Nov 14: Unpacking Race

What Does Democracy Look Like?

A Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop Series
Free intro session: Tuesday, Oct 4th, 7–9PM
3-part series follows: Oct 11th, 17th, and 24th
at the Rotunda • 4014 Walnut St. Philadelphia
Series tuition: $25–$55 sliding scale
Pre-register via ""

What does democracy look like? We live in the oldest existing democratic nation on the planet, and people who grow up or immigrate here are taught that this government upholds "liberty and justice for all." Yet many feel that this government, and its electoral process, are inadequate, unjust, or even farcical. While the word "democracy" literally means "the people rule," its definition begs the question: "Which people?" In recent years, activists have organized protests against American politics, often taking to the streets with the slogan, "This is what democracy looks like!" But what are the alternatives to current U.S.-style elections? What other models for direct democracy are out there? How has democracy manifest in other communities, locations, and times? And what do these democratic systems actually look like?

Join T.O. Philly on Tuesday nights in October 2016 to ask these questions. We'll examine democratic systems of the past and present, and use theatre games, discussions, and techniques to highlight their strengths and the their flaws in hopes for proposing new systems that can manifest in the future. Between sessions we'll offer things read, watch, and listen to as a means toward deepening this work. All experiences are welcome.

Pre-register for these workshops with an email to "", or call 267-282-1057. October 4th's intro session will led by Hariprasad Kowtha, followed by a 3-part series, led by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. The intro session is free, tuition for the the whole series is sliding scale, $25-$55. Worktrade is available upon request.

Unpacking Race • Fall 2016

A workshop series about undoing racism

with Hariprasad Kowtha and Morgan Andrews
Mondays 7–9PM • Oct 17, Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 14
Circle of Hope, 3800 Marlton Pike, Pennsauken, NJ
Tuition is sliding scale: $45-$145 for the full series
To pre-register, email ""
You can also email us to inquire about carpooling!

On Monday nights this fall we bring back our popular series on race and racism.  Over the course of four weeks we'll explore this topic through a variety of exercises, discussions, and techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed, supplemented by things to read and do between sessions. Our aim is to unlearn the systemic racism we’ve been taught throughout our lives, to heal from racial privilege and oppression, and to offer starting points for structural and personal change in ourselves, our communities, and our world. 

The Fall 2016 Unpacking Race Series will be led by a pair of facilitators (read about them below.) Because space is limited and each week's ideas build toward the next, we ask that participants commit to coming to all four sessions. Tuition is sliding scale: $45-$145, payable at the first session. To sign up, email "" or leave a message at 267-282-1057. You can also contact us about sharing rides to and from the workshop.


Hariprasad Kowtha has dedicated his life to performance as a vector of identity and resistance. He sang bhajans with the South Asian community in Phoenix, Arizona, practiced Carnatic vocals and performed Bharathanatyam. He began practicing large and small group facilitation skills in early high school through the Unitown/Anytown camp program. He currently teaches yoga, meditation and movement at the at a Project Home facility in North Philadelphia with Sheltered Yoga, and recently co-founded Mustard Seed, a South Asian film festival. He joined Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed in 2014 and works as a diabetes counselor at his childhood camp in Prescott, AZ.

Morgan Andrews is a Ukrainian-Irish-American activist-artist from a Muslim-Jewish-Catholic-Unitarian family. He co-founded Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed in 2008 having trained at TOPLAB in New York, with Jana Sanskriti in India, and with T.O.'s late founder Augusto Boal. He's since worked for LGBT youth in Philly, activists in Brazil, German citizens doing holocaust reconciliation work, and with the general public. Morgan also teaches yoga and performs a solo show about dis/ability and passing with the Medium Theatre Company. He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.


Paloma N. Irizarry and Ariel Morales have also been instrumental in designing this curriculum for T.O. Philly's Unpacking Race series. Ariel laid the foundations for Unpacking Race and co-led our previous series in 2013, and Paloma did the same for our series in the winter of 2016.

T.O. Philly News: Summer 2016

2016 has a been a good year so far, kicking off with our second Unpacking Race workshop series at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. We've since led several trainings around dis/ability, gender,  and race, as well as facilitation trainings and game-playing session. This spring and summer we partnered with Asian Arts Initiative, Camp Common Ground, Cornell University, Outward Bound, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, UPenn's Disability Advocates, among others.

As summer rounds out, we'd like to update you on a few things:
  1. A new South Asian festival in Philly
  2. Another South Asian festival in India
  3. Upcoming T.O. Philly events this fall

1. Mustard Seed Film Festival

In July we held a joint benefit for Mustard Seed, a South Asian film festival for its Philly premiere on August 19 and 20. August 19's opening features food, music and dancing in tandem with films under the Reading Viaduct, hosted by Asian Arts Initiative. August 20 offers a full day of exciting screenings at three locations around the city. For a full schedule and more info, please visit

2. Muktadhara VII

At our benefit with Mustard Seed, we showed a film about Jana Sanskriti (Bengali for "people's culture"), the largest Theatre of the Oppressed movement in the world. Every two years, Jana Sanskriti hosts a festival called Muktadhara (meaning "free flow") in the Indian province of West Bengal. The festival starts with a week-long intensive in which participants make pieces of Forum Theatre in preparation for the following week's travels into Kolkata and the countryside. Muktadhara makes clear connections between politics and theatre, activism and art, positioning Theatre of the Oppressed with folk performance and direct action.

Jana Sanskriti wants you to come to Muktadhara VII, Decmber 5-20, 2016, and they've sent us this video to pique your interest:

For more info, write
and visit

3. T.O. Philly Events for Fall 2016

Mark your calendar for the following:
  • Saturday, Sept 17, 10:30AM: "Neighborhood Games". free workshop at Asiana Arts Initiative
  • Thursday, Sept 29, 4:30PM: "CONES", free performance at the Rotunda
  • Tuesday, Oct 4, 7PM: "Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed" workshop at the Rotunda
  • Tuesdays, Oct 11-25, 7:00PM: "What Does Democracy Look Like?" workshop series
We'll have info on these soon. To learn more about our work, please visit our archive.

Big Thanks!

This summer Sarah Schieffelin worked as T.O. Philly's first ever official intern. The list of things Sarah did for us would be too long for this post to hold. Suffice to say that all of it was outstanding—Thank you Sarah!

How to Facilitate & Difficultate:
A One-Day Training

Saturday August 6 • 10AM-4PM
Led by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews
at Studio 34 • 4522 Baltimore Ave. West Philly
Tuition sliding-scale, $15-$55
Write "" to RSVP

With summer wrapping up and the school year about to begin, T.O. Philly presents an open rehearsal for anyone who works with groups. Teachers, trainers, facilitators, organizers and educators of every sort are invited to come to this action-oriented think-tank with three critical components:

FIRST we will warm up by sharing and playing some great icebreakers and group games that we can use in our work.

SECOND we will reenact challenging situations that arise in our work, then use techniques from Theatre of the Oppressed to devise ways to surmount those challenges.

THIRD we will discuss overall design and flow of whatever we do, be it a workshop, event, ongoing class, or direct action.

You will leave this training with useful tools to make group work more productive and fun, as well as handy strategies for turning problems into solutions.

Session begins at 10AM and runs till 4PM with a 60-minute break for lunch around noon. Wear comfy clothes suitable for movement and expect to work without shoes. To reserve your spot, email "" or call 267-282-1057.  All experiences welcome, none required!

July 30th Neighborhood Games Workshop

Neighborhood Games

Free! at the Reading Viaduct

Make sure you RSVP:

Summer 2016 Workshops

T.O. Philly hosts ongoing public workshops for the rest of 2016. RSVP with an email to "" or call 267-282-1057.

Saturday July 30 • 3PM-5PM
led by Hariprasad Kowtha
Free outdoor workshop
at Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia

Maybe you used to play kickball in the street with your friends. Or perhaps you enjoyed hide and seek. Or maybe you and your siblings and your neighborhood friends invented a game of kickball where you could only score a run if you could successfully find the opposing team who were hiding. However you used to play in your neighborhood, this workshop is for you!

Welcome to Philadelphia Theater of the Oppressed Neighborhood Games workshop. We will play individual and group movement games to learn more about our expansive Philadelphia community and use these games to explore our own stories. The Theater of the Oppressed is a modality that integrates movement and voice to build community. Neighborhood Games is an outdoor (shaded) two-hour workshop open to the public (ages 10 and up) in the North Chinatown section of Philadelphia. Come play!

Made possible by a Micro Grant from the Asian Arts Initiative.

Saturday August 6 • 10AM-4PM
a one day training led by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews
at Studio 34 • 4522 Baltimore Ave. Philadelphia
Tuition sliding-scale, $15-$55

With summer wrapping up and the school year about to begin, T.O. Philly presents an open rehearsal for anyone who works with groups. Teachers, trainers, facilitators, organizers and educators of every sort are invited to come to this action-oriented think-tank with three critical components:

FIRST we will warm up by sharing and playing some great icebreakers and group games that we can use in our work.

SECOND we will reenact challenging situations that arise in our work, then use techniques from Theatre of the Oppressed to devise ways to surmount those challenges.

THIRD we will discuss overall design and flow of whatever we do, be it a workshop, event, ongoing class, or direct action.

You will leave this training with useful tools to make group work more productive and fun, as well as handy strategies for turning problems into solutions.

To reserve your spot, email "" or call 267-282-1057.  All experiences welcome, none required!

Look forward to more workshops coming later this summer and fall!

Benefit Dinner & Movie
for Mustard Seed Film Festival

Sunday July 10 • 7:00 dinner, 7:30 film
at Studio 34 • 4522 Baltimore Ave. West Philly
Donation $5-$50 sliding scale • No one turned away
RSVP here or by emailing ""

On July 10, T.O. Philly teams up with Mustard Seed, a South Asian film festival happening all over Philly in August. Our July event will feature food, a film, a chat, and some prizes as added incentive to raise funds for Mustard Seed and Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed. We might even play a game or two.

The Dinner

Chefs Hariprasad Kowtha and Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews shall stir up a multi-course vegetarian buffet to kick off the evening. Anyone who came to T.O. Philly's recent Unpacking Race series or Studio 34's not-so-recent vegan brunches can attest that these fellows sure can cook. There will plenty of rice and dal to last us all night, but be there early before the ginger chutney and vegan saag paneer are gone!

The Film

"Jana Sanskriti: A Theatre in the Field" mixes interviews and performances from the world's largest activist theatre movement. For three decades Jana Sanskriti (Bengali for "People's Culture") has used Forum Theatre to foment dialogue and create change in Indian society. Film runs 50 minutes and a little Q&A will follow. Here's a 3-minute excerpt of a Jana Sanskriti Forum performance:

The Raffle

Everyone coming to this event has a chance to win prixes that promote wellness and social justice. These include:
  • Tickets to the Mustard Seed Film Festival
  • Books about art and activism
  • Acupuncture treatments
  • Yoga mats and props
  • A meditation DVD
Extra raffle tickets available for extra donations. More prizes to be announced soon!

Your Donation

Funds raised from this event support the Mustard Seed Film Festival on August 19 and 20 and ongoing programming for Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed. For further info, email ""

T.O. Philly's Offerrings

T.O. Philly offers public workshops that individuals and groups can come to. We also work for organizations and institutions. We can tailor a workshop to whatever your group needs. You can see who we've worked with and what we've got coming up on this website's sidebar. Below are a few curricula that we regularly run. To bring a workshop to you, email "" or call 267-282-1057.

Theatre of the Oppressed
Intro, Intermediate & Advanced Workshops

We offer everything from single 90-minute sessions, to weekly classes and full day, weekend, or week-long retreats that cover the history, theory, and practice of Theatre of the Oppressed games, techniques, and traditions. These workshops cover the trunk of the Theatre of the Oppressed tree, with human sculpture-driven Image Theatre as a base for the interactive performances of Forum Theatre for which Theatre of the Oppressed is internationally known.

Games: Playing & Teaching

Whether you just want to play games or learn some games that you can play with others, we can do that! T.O. Philly has hundreds of games for groups of any size or age range that get us out of our heads and into our bodies, build trust and a cooperative spirit, and get at issues of social justice. Whether it's just for one or two hours, or one or two days, let the games begin!

Dis/ability Justice 

Many of Theatre of the Oppressed's games and techniques "dynamize the senses" by working in silence or darkness or with limited mobility. Since 2012, we've been using these techniques to address issues of ability and disability. In 2015 T.O. Philly supported work on a play about vision loss and dis/ability passing with a series of sessions called Blind Games. In 2016 we expanded some of those ideas into a broader workshop called Unpacking Ability. Facilitated by people on the dis/ability spectrum, these themes can run deep in just a couple hours.

Workshopping Gender

As our public discourse around gender and sexuality continues to change, the occasional workshop can help members of an organization or institution get on the same page. We offer everything from a "Gender 101" to more intensive sessions for groups ready to delve deeper into gender dynamics.

Unpacking Race 

In 2013 we rolled out a curriculum all about race and undoing racism. We offer a short workshop called "Engaging Courageous Conversations on Race" that gives the basics. The "Unpacking Race" module can be a multi-part workshop series, weekend retreat, or something that a group does over the course of many months. We also offer workshops on undoing racism specifically for people of color and/or white allies.

Group Dynamics

Theaatre of the Oppressed is a also a tool for organizations interested in improving communication, colllaboration, workplace environment, and for better fullfillment of a group's mission and vision.

The Cop & The Rainbow

The Cop in the Head and the Rainbow of Desire represent the introspective branch of Theatre of the Oppressed with roots in psychological and internalized forms of oppression. We can offer these sessions as performance demonstrations, with audience members volunteering to step up onstage to be in a scene. We also run Cop/Rainbow as one-day or two-day intensives. These techniques are really meant to be done on an ongoing basis as they are about a group coming together to collectively disarm the cops in our heads and sort out a spectrum of sometimes conflicting desires so that we have more tools for contending with ourselves in everyday life.

Bring T.O. to you!

To book any of the above workshops (or others not on the list) email "" or leave a message at 267-282-1057 and someone will get back to you shortly.

Unpacking Race 2016, Part 6:
The Mirror and The Hammer

In early 2016, T.O. Philly hosted a workshop series on race and undoing racism. Each week we posted material here for folks both in and outside of the workshop to use. Each page archived here contains things to read, watch, hear and do: 
We opened this series with this Jay Smooth's talk, "How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Discussing Race." Watch it again. What's changed since you first saw it? 

In our final Unpacking Race workshop, we talked about the costs, risks and benefits of doing anti-racist work and used Image Theatre techniques to explore what solidarity looks like. We also danced to "Le Pétrin" ("The Grain") by La Tordue:
"On vient tous du même pétrin,
Qu'on soit froment ou sarrasin,
Herbe folle, maïs ou blé noir,
Du champ voisin ou de nulle part." 
"White, pumpernickel or rye,
Wheat, corn meal processed or blue,
From fields anywhere or nearby
We all come from the same grain,
Enriched by the same rain." 
La Tordue recorded this song with a cast of poets and musicians from all over the globe, each reinventing the lyrics in their native tongues, merging their various musical styles, instruments, and cultural references to unite against France's double peine law that sends immigrants convicted of a crime to prison and then deports them upon their release. The artists held concerts to protest the law, and all proceeds from the song funded the solidarity movement.

Art has this power to unite people against oppression. Oppressors know this, and that is why art and the artists who make it are often the first targets when quelling dissent. In 1930s Germany the Bauhaus School was the first thing the Third Reich shut down when they took over before waging genocide on the Roma and Jews. In the 1940s Spain's fascist regime purged books from libraries and artworks from museums. In 1960s Israel all designs printed in the colors of the Palestinian flag were outlawed. The 1970s dictatorships in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil rounded up and tortured actors and musicians. Mainstream media did not acknowledge hip hop culture throughout the 1980s until it became commercially viable. In the U.S. at the turn of this century, municipal, state, and federal agencies conspired to target low-power radio stations and puppeteers who were at the heart of organizing grassroots movements. And more journalists have been killed in Putin's Russia of the past decade than in any other nation that's not currently fighting a war on their own soil. Every time this happens, artists resist and persist, and their art lives on as a testament to that resistance long after oppressive regimes have fallen and been maligned by history.

William Shakespeare said that art was a mirror held up to reality. Centuries later, playwright Bertolt Brecht refuted The Bard, saying, "Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to break it." Theatre of the Oppressed sees both analogies—mirror and hammer—as steps toward unpacking and then dismantling oppression. As we close this round of Unpacking Race, what are ways that you use art, theatre, music, writing, speaking, photography, movement, film, or any form of creative expression to unpack race and dismantle racism? What are ways that you see others do this? What are the costs, risks, and benefits engaging in creative—and courageous—conversations about race? Share it by leaving comments below.

Unpacking Race 2016, Part 5:
"Solidarity Means Running the Same Risks"

In early 2016, T.O. Philly hosted a workshop series on race and undoing racism. Each week we posted material here for folks both in and outside of the workshop to use. Each page archived here contains things to read, watch, hear and do:
"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."
       -- Lilla Watson, Indigenous Australian activist and academic
In our workshop this week we discussed the risks and benefits of taking action against racism. We've started a list of examples: acts of solidarity that can look very different from each other, but all interrupt racism in their own ways.

What other acts of anti-racist solidarity do you know of? Journal about them. And send us links to more examples with by emailing ""

Below are some terms that are helpful in understanding this work. First the basics on Power, Privilege, and Oppression:
  • Institutional Power: The ability or authority to decide what's best for others, to decide who can access resources, and to exercise control over others.
  • Privilege: Personal, interpersonal, cultural, and institutional systems that benefit members of dominant groups at the expense of members of target groups. Literally means "Private law."
  • Oppression: The combination of prejudice and institutional power which creates a system that discriminates against some groups (often called “target groups”) and benefits other groups (often called “dominant groups”).  

Next are five main archetypes of roles played out in Theatre of the Oppressed, and also in real situations of oppression: 
  • Oppressed: Anyone who is subject to others having power over them.
  • Ally: A person with privilege who takes action in support of oppressed people. 
  • Potential ally: A person who has some power to help an oppressed individual or group but may not have taken actions to actually help.
  • Passive oppressor: A person who oppresses by taking actions that support oppression and/or failing to take action to help the oppressed.
  • Oppressor: A person who exerts power over another person or group of people. 

Finally some terminology that's specific to (though not unique to) Theatre of the Oppressed:
  • Image: A motionless sculpture made from human figures.
  • Image Theatre: A form of Theatre of the Oppressed that uses collectively constructed still images to convey meaning.
  • Objective Observation: Responding to an image or situation with commentary on its physical nature alone.
  • Subjective Observation: Responding to an image or situation with commentary based on investigative perception, speculation and intuition. 
  • Dynamization: The process of adding movements, sounds and words into a piece of Image Theatre.
  • Spect-actor: A participant in the Theatre of the Oppressed, both spectator and actor.
For more terminology used in Theatre of the Oppressed, see our glossary.

Unpacking Race 2016, Part 4:
The Internal, The Fragile, The Subtle

In early 2016, T.O. Philly hosted a workshop series on race and undoing racism. Each week we posted material here for folks both in and outside of the workshop to use. Each page archived here contains things to read, watch, hear and do:
“The struggle is inner: Chicano, indio, American Indian, mojado, mexicano, immigrant Latino, Anglo in power, working class Anglo, Black, Asian--our psyches resemble the bordertowns and are populated by the same people. The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains. Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the "real" world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.” ― Gloria E. Anzaldúa
In Week Three of our Unpacking Race workshop series, we shared aspects of our racial and ethnic identities, both those that are assigned to us and those we choose for ourselves. In our sub-groups we used techniques of Image Theatre to unpack specific institutions of racism: health care, media, housing, and the criminal justice system. The reading and video materials are posted here.

We will shift gears a bit toward unpacking microaggressions, internalized subordination, white privilege/fragility. Start by reading or watching something under each topic. When an article or video resonates with you, go deeper into that topic by looking at the other resources.


  • "Internalized Racism" (short video, above) Definition and examples.
  • "Connecting the Disconnected" (article) Cultural appropriation and colonialism as an erasure of history and an impediment to solidarity.
  • "Dear Young Man of Color" (short spoken word film) Internalized duality of tokenism and cultural pride in the Asian American community.

4. JOURNALING: In reading,writing, and.or experiencing aspects of the above topics, what are the similarities? The differences? What are the parallels and points of intersection between these experiences?

5. ONE MORE SHORT VISEO: A fictitious company explains the services that they provide and why. Check out their website for more info.

Next: Building solidarity.

Unpacking Race 2016, Part 3:
Unpacking Racism

In early 2016, T.O. Philly hosted a workshop series on race and undoing racism. Each week we posted material here for folks both in and outside of the workshop to use. Each page archived here contains things to read, watch, hear and do:
In Week Two of our Unpacking Race workshop series, we warmed up with The Vehicle Game before laying out some broad ways that racism takes shape. These were the definitions for racism we worked from:
Institutional Racism: A system of advantage based on race and supported by institutional structures, policies and practices that create and sustain advantages for the dominant white group while systematically subordinating members of targeted racial groups. This relative advantage for Whites and subordination for people of color is supported by the actions of individuals, cultural norms, and values, and the institutional structures and practices of society. 
Individual Racism: The beliefs, attitudes, and actions of individuals that support or perpetuate institutional racism. Individual racism can occur at both unconscious and conscious levels, and can be both active and passive. Examples include telling a racist joke, using a racial epithet, or believing in the inherent superiority of Whites. 
Active Racism: Actions that have as their stated or explicit goal the maintenance of the system of racism and the oppression of those in targeted racial groups. People who participate in active racism advocate the continued subjugation of members of targeted groups and protection of “the rights” of members of the advantaged group. These goals are often supported by a belief in the inferiority of people of color and the superiority of white people, culture, and values. 
Passive Racism: Conscious and unconscious beliefs, attitudes, and actions that support the system of racism, racial prejudice, and racial dominance and contribute to the maintenance of racism, without openly advocating violence, discrimination, or an ideology of white supremacy. 
These definitions are from Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, and Pat Griffin, (2nd ed., Routledge, 2007).

This week each of our four working groups unpacked one of these forms of racism, using The Vehicle Game structure to illustrate aspects of it through the language of theatre. In week three we will further unpack institutional racism, and each group will focus on a particular area. 
  1. A VIDEO for everyone to watch
  2. RACE JOURNALING for you to do on your own
  3. AN ARTICLE for everyone to read
  4. SELECTED LINKS for each of the four groups to focus on
1. A VIDEO: Hari Kondbolu Rahman on "Ethnic Needs": This 90-second clip sums otherness and ethnic needs in a hilarious manner.

2. RACE JOURNALING: In Theatre of the Oppressed we make images and then look at them objectively before we talk about them subjectively. Bring this practice into your race journaling by asking yourself first, "What did I notice?" and then journal your objective observations. Then ask, "How did I feel?" to generate your subjective experiences. Try journaling this way for the week.

3. AN ARTICLE: "Ultimate White Privilege Statistics" provides s a comprehensive list of cited statistics indicating racial bias in many sectors including Education, Wealth, Employment, Criminal Justice and Voting.

4. SELECTED LINKS: Please read/watch/listen-to the following for your color group for next week. The articles are ranked in order of importance, so if you are strapped for time, please read the first article first. If you have extra time/curiosity, check out the links for the other groups.

  1. "Racial Bias and its Effect on Health Care" (short interview transcript) Primer on the racial bias in health care today
  2. Tim Wise at the Public Health Commission (three-part video) The health effects of microaggressions, racial bias in health care, and the pathology of white supremacy.


  1. "The Average Black Girl" video (above): Ernestine Johnson's poem on how the media depicts African-American women.
  2. "Lives Fit For Print" (article) How the media defines global terrorism by focusing on specific acts of terrorism and largely ignoring others

  1. "Malcolm X, Gentrification, and Housing as a Human Right" (article) A history of housing discrimination in the U.S.
  2. "Historian Says 'Don't Sanitize How Our Government Created Ghettos'" (podcast+article) On government collusion with real estate and financial industry to create and maintain racially segregated urban slums while raising white folks’ property values
  3. "Environmental Racism Explained" video (below) Connects access to housing and other geographic resources to negative public health vectors for people of color and to the inaction of governmental structures to prevent and protect them

  1. "14 Examples of Racism in Criminal Justice System" (article) Reality of racial inequality sequenced from the initial brush with law enforcement to life after incarceration
  2. "The Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism" video (below) Framing police officer violence as terrorism against Black folks
  3. "Mass Incarceration Since 1492" (article) history and continued criminalization and poverty for Native American population as a means of erasure and silence

    Next: Externalized privilege, internalized oppression.