Asian/Pacific Islander Anti-Racism Solidarity Group

This group is open to people that identify as Asian/Pacific Islander and are part of the Young Women Empowered Community. To start, we’re aiming for a group size of no more than 20, meeting once a month for 6 months. If more than 20 folks sign up, we will center Y-WE youth and those that work closely with them (e.g. alums, mentors, facilitators, and board members). 
Please read below to learn more about our intentions for this group and fill out this form, so we can follow up with next steps! Facilitated by Stephanie and Neli.

“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 artist, activist, and academic

INTENTIONS:
*Do the deep work to understand how our liberation as Asian/Pacific Islanders is bound up with the liberation of Black and Indigenous people
*Unpack our familial, cultural, and ancestral histories to understand the trauma and perpetuation of white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy
*Lean into the intersections of power, privilege, and oppression to center the most impacted
*Cultivate ourselves to be courageous changemakers within our personal and professional communities by identifying commitments and actions steps to stand stronger as anti-racist allies

WHAT THIS SPACE IS NOT:
*This is not a DEI training
*This is not a space to convince folks that racism is real and deserving of our attention personally and organizationally
*This is not a space that will tolerate overtly hateful, racist, or oppressive commentary or action
*This is not a space that is led by anti-racist “experts” or “professionals”
~If you are seeking professional anti-racist trainings and support, we have great resource lists and recommendations for you. 

Questions? Contact Neli at neli@y-we.org.

Community White Accountability & Anti-Racism Group

On the last Sunday of every month, Y-WE is hosting an accountability group over Zoom for white folks (adults and youth) to engage in conversation around how we can be anti-racist and be strong allies for the Black community. This group was created on behalf of Y-WE’s Black staff members, who requested that our white staff organize a space for white folks to get to work. We come together to discuss action steps, mistakes we have made in our journey to being anti-racist, and how we can continue the fight in the most constructive and helpful way possible.

If you have already been a part of these meetings, below you will find resources that we have discussed. If you have not yet been a part of this group and you would like to sign up to receive emails regarding future emails, click here.

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, November 29, from 12-2pm.

Action step commitments we made in our first meeting.

Anti-racism resources for white folks.

Resources from our July meeting, from Somatic Therapist Rebecca Renfrow:

As Rev. angel Kyodo williams teaches “love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.”

Rebecca Renfrow clinical mindfulness resource sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z2X-nJfzrb9_n707jEYDg6MNpEths2Knb7IVGAdhrp8/edit

Rebecca’s facilitation is strongly informed by the work of Rev. angel and her offerings of Radical Dharma. Please honor the labor of this Black teacher by making a contribution to the Radical Dharma Movement Project and directly to Rev. angel: Paypal: http://paypal.me/angelkyodowilliams Venmo: @revangel

Join The Great Radical Race Read: http://greatradicalraceread.com/  — an amazing opportunity for collective (un)learning hosted by Rev. angel. Registration closes on August 4.

Recommended readings: Resmaa Menakem: On Being, My Grandmother’s Hands, Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies, Adrienne Maree Brown: a word for white people. and Mab Segrest: Of Soul and White Folks 

Chart from Ruby Jo Walker: https://www.rubyjowalker.com/PVchart_200706.jpg

Resources from our September meeting on racial equity in the workplace:

Our slide deck, including action step commitments, and a list of recommended readings + resources

“White Supremacy Culture” by Tema Okun

“White Dominant Culture & Something Different” – a worksheet

Video we watched together at our October meeting

If you have any questions or would like to add something to this page, please email emma@y-we.org

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*those who identify as women or girls or who were assigned female at birth