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UNSEXY WORK FOR SEXY PEOPLE: WHITE ACCOMPLICE TRAINING

by Jordan Malloy

Hey White Allies, want to learn how to become accomplices in the fight for dignity? Come learn from experienced organizers about useful skills and creating a culture of solidarity. This training will include instruction in how to use your white privilege to benefit black and brown folks without centering yourself. It is important to recognize that black and brown folks should and do lead the struggle for racial justice, so it is our job to support them. This training session will thus be focused on the less visible work that these folks need us to do in order to support their good work.

This is all about creating networks of accountability for yourself, so bring a partner and be ready to connect to others in your accompliceship. Some skills presented will include Relational, On the Ground Work, Digital Organizing, and Whole Care. Relational work will seek to push you to have the hard conversations with significant others, friends, family, and coworkers that is necessary for collective liberation.

On the Ground Work will teach how to canvass and protest as a white person in a way that minimizes harm and displacement of non- white people. Digital Organizing will instruct you on the background work these movements need to mobilize and fund action through online media as well. Finally, Whole Care includes community work such as food and child care that is needed to keep these movements going.

Join us on September 28 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by the PA Student Power Network in partnership with the Thomas Merton Center. Subscribe to the TMC e-newsletter for updates.

JORDAN MALLOY IS A BOARD MEMBER AT THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER

Originally published VOL 49, No. 7, September 2019

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