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:
- Part 1: Entering Courageous Conversation
- Part 2: Defining and Journaling
- Part 3: Unpacking Racism
- Part 4: The Internal, The Fragile, The Subtle
- Part 5: Solidarity Means Running the Same Risks
- Part 6: The Mirror and The Hammer
-- Lilla Watson, Indigenous Australian activist and academicIn 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 "firstname.lastname@example.org"
- "Black Lives Matter in Toronto Too" (video, above) When faced with common systems of oppression, solidarity jumps across all sorts of borders.
- "The Spelling Bee" (audio, above) How actual victory sometimes means passing up on pettier prizes.
- "Faced With Firing, Wheaton Professor Stands By Her Gesture of Solidarity" (audio interview and short blurb) Short interview with the Christian professor who lost her job for wearing a hijab to work.
- "Pope Washes Feet of Muslim Migrants" (article + embedded video) Another act of religious, ethnic, and racial solidarity.
- "The Great Famine: Donegal Choctaw keeps Ireland link alive" (article) Trans-atlantic solidarity between two cultures that survived brutal colonization.
- "Rural White Folks Need to Speak Out About Racism in our Communities" (editorial) What white solidarity might look like.
- "Georgia Prisoners End Protest, But Continue Demands" (article) How solidarity helped coordinate the biggest prison strike in the U.S.
- "The Combahee River Collective" (essay) Statement from a radical black feminist collective from the post-Panther, post-Second Wave 1970s.
- "Gamun-Pyul" (audio) How one teenager moves from stereotyping, to falling in love with another culture, to understanding solidarity.
- "Falling in Solidarity" (video, below) A different view expressed through poetry:
Below are some terms that are helpful in understanding this work. First the basics on Power, Privilege, and Oppression:
For more terminology used in Theatre of the Oppressed, see our glossary.