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Understanding Racism in Oregon: A Workshop for the Oregon Legal Community
Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) and Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation invite you to a two-part workshop with Kasia Rutledge and Rakeem Washington of Engage to Change on understanding and deepening awareness of racism as an important step to make positive change in Oregon and, specifically, in the Oregon legal community and judicial system.
Participants will examine the racism embedded in Oregon’s history, followed by an exploration of ways in which our history affects current practices, beliefs, and attitudes, and how to see and understand when racism is occurring.
Part I: The Prisms of Oregon History, Making the Invisible, Visible – Understanding Structural Racism in Oregon. This session is an intersectional and interactive examination of the pieces of Oregon laws, land use, regulations, and history that have laid the groundwork for generations of layered and embedded trauma. The session guides participants through different components of how racism in one part of Oregon history bleeds into and affects all others and how lack of intentional uncoupling and dismantling, our community continue to build on those institutions. Through this historical examination, this session pairs the pain with an acknowledgement and celebration of the progress, resilience, creativity and joy of marginalized communities.
Part II: Reflection and Refraction: Recognizing Reverberating Racism (“5R”) Workshops. Through a series of videos, small group conversations, exploratory self-reflection and storytelling, the SR workshops proceed through an analysis of anti-racism principles linked to our historical exploration. The workshops continue with an exploration of the role of power and specific exploration of the intersections of gender and race. Participants will work in small groups and pairs to explore, from their positionality and lived experience their ability to identify racism. Additionally, the 5R Series culminates with tools and extensive practice in being able to see and understand when racism is occurring and being aware in one’s body of the signs required to address trauma and racism–developing greater awareness of the numerous ways in which racism exists is the first step in seeking a more just world.
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