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Facilitators:

Cesar Lagleva- Cesar is a Filipino-American activist, educator, trainer and clinical social worker. He has been conducting and providing lectures, presentations, speaking engagements, trainings and workshops on multicultural subjects at international, national and regional levels since 1989. He is also a proven community organizer, providing leadership and strategic development to various initiatives, campaigns and community building efforts.
In 2008, he received the prestigious Marin Community Foundation’s Beryl Buck Achievement Award for Social Justice. He is also the recipient of the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from the Marin County Human Rights Commission and the Benjamin Dreyfus award from the ACLU. Recently, Cesar was inducted into the Asian American Alliance of Marin's Hall of Fame for Social Justice.
He is a former Chair of the Marin County Human Rights Commission and has served on the board of directors for numerous local organizations. Currently, he is a board member of the Prison Law Office, and of the Canal Welcome Center, United Marin Rising and the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative.

Oshalla Diana Marcus- Oshalla is an African-American Cultural Arts & Wellness Educator, small business owner and third generation Marin County native who has lived throughout the Bay Area. Author of several children’s plays that use the hero/heroine journey to reveal universal truths, her area of specialty is providing safe spaces for individuals and communities to relax and express themselves.
Certified as a Yoga Instructor & Therapist in Bangalore, India by deemed University, SVYASA, she incorporates wellness tools to reduce stress, radiate positive health, and improve quality of life. She teaches classes and workshops on location and in downloadable digital media format.
Her current work includes co-facilitating with the YWCA in administrating and interpreting the Inter-Cultural Development Inventory (IDI) to groups committed to social justice in the workplace. Trained to lead Emotional Emancipation Circles for people of Pan-African ancestry, she is committed to fulfilling vision of the many who have aspired to reclaim economic collective power through personal responsibility, collective action and education.

Lisa Bennett, Nicole Nelson and Debra Taube will also be co-facilitating. All three are white allies in the multiracial movement for racial justice. They are all founding members of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Marin, an organization whose mission is to support and be accountable to the work of people of color led organizations and individuals, and to educate and organize white people to join the multiracial movement for racial justice.  Lisa, Nicole and Debra have extensive facilitation experience and are committed to promoting racial equity in Marin. They welcome this opportunity to contribute to deeper awareness, healing, and informed actions which will address institutional and systemic inequities in our communities.

RACE MATTERS - 2018 SPRING WORKSHOP SERIES: HEALING INTO ACTION

Have you seen the 2017 Race Counts Study (www.racecounts.org), and felt outraged at the results- that Marin has some of the greatest racial inequities of any county in California, despite being one of the highest performing counties in the state. Are you ready to take your exploration of race and racism to the next level? Do you want to join with other community members to create substantive change and work for racial justice in Marin?

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Marin and United Marin Rising present Healing Into Action- a three workshop series that will explore and begin to address the complex nature and dynamics of race and racism that are deeply embedded in many parts of Marin County’s daily life. Healing Into Action will be a deep dive into how racism has served to divide and maintain systems of inequities. Participants will engage in personal and collective healing that will build towards taking concrete action together in cross-racial alliances to address racial disparities and create change in the county.

Workshop 1: Open to all community members
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 1-5pm
Location: San Rafael First United Methodist Church
                199 Greenfield Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901
Cost: Suggested donation $20
         No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Description:

“We are taught to deny that race matters within a deeply racialized society.” - Robin DiAngelo, anti- racist trainer, professor and author

This foundational workshop will be a comprehensive exploration of the complex dynamics, levels and types of racism.  Participants will learn concepts and definitions that will increase each attendees’ literacy and confidence in speaking about racism and white supremacy. Through the use of videos, guided dialogue and handout materials, this workshop will provide an analysis of race and racism based on historical and current trends and practices that keep the system of racial oppression alive.

Objectives:

Participants will gain an understanding of how systemic racism has operated historically and in the present moment.

Participants will be able to apply a racial justice perspective to analyze the impact of segregation and racial injustice in Marin.


 Workshop 2:  Prerequisite- Workshop 1 or equivalent workshop
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: San Rafael First United Methodist Church
                199 Greenfield Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901
Cost: Suggested donation $40 (Lunch is included)
         No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Description:

“If you have come to help me you are wasting your time.  But if you recognize that your liberation and mine are bound up together, we can walk together.” - Lila Watson, Indigenous Australian artist, activist and academic

This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to take a deeper and closer examination of their personal attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviors related to race and racism.  Attendees will engage in interactive, large and small group exercises and cross-racial dialogue that will generate better understanding, greater appreciation and respect for cultural and ethnic differences.  The workshop will dismantle historical and current misinformation and lies taught and learned about people of color. Participants will begin to create cross- racial alliances by building on the strengths of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Objectives:

Participants will have the opportunity to join together and share experiences  in caucuses ( groups composed of same race attendees) and the larger multi-racial group as they engage in personal and collective healing related to race and racism.


 Workshop 3: Prerequisite is completion of Workshop 2 or equivalent workshop
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Time: 1-5pm
Location: San Rafael First United Methodist Church
                199 Greenfield Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901
Cost: Suggested donation $20
         No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Description:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead, world renowned cultural anthropologist and author

This workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to demonstrate their commitment to work in a cross-racial setting, by working in an equitable and respectful way with a diverse group of people. Topics and subjects of interest chosen by participants of color from Workshop 2 will establish the direction of collaborative social actions.

Objectives:

Participants will be able to commit to actions determined and led by people of color.

Participants will work together to address institutional inequities in Marin.

Please register early as spaces are limited for each workshop.

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