Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Workshop (Part I)

September 8, 2009

The San Francisco Bay Area National Lawyers Guild ("NLG") Chapter's Anti-Racism Committee and The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) are happy to announce:

A workshop series on Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression
on four alternating Tuesdays this fall (September 8th, September 22nd, October 6th and October 20th) from 6:30pm to 9pm. Geared toward lawyers, legal workers, law students, and legal activists. In the interest of continuity and building community, we strongly encourage participants to attend all four classes.

CLE credit: We are offering credits in Legal Ethics and Elimination of Bias.

Location: East Bay Community Law Center's Neighborhood Justice Clinic, 3130 Shattuck Ave. @ Woolsey, Berkeley, CA (near Ashby BART)

Cost: Sliding scale depending on income (discount for NLG members) - $10-$60 per class; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Light beverages (with caffeine!) and snacks will be provided.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please fill out this brief survey, and the organizers will be in touch with more details.

Goals and Outline of the Workshop

The class series fuses cutting-edge critical legal theory on intersectionality, multiple consciousness, multi-dimensional analysis, interracial justice and critical race praxis, with popular education techniques.

We seek to:

  • Reframe the discourse on "elimination of bias" and "ethics" in the law.

  • Build a community of interracial justice advocates with a

  • Develop a shared analysis of white supremacy and other forms of racism (e.g., anti-semitism, orientalism and nativism)

  • Understand how racial oppression and privilege interact with the other dimensions of power and identity in the US and beyond (e.g., gender, sexuality, class, ability, age, citizenship, religion, etc.)

Four Sessions, 2 to 2.5 hours each:
Session 1: Introductions, concepts, and a reflection on self-identity, how race and the law relate to my identity and my family background. Creating shared definitions
Session 2: Being anti-racist in my own practice.
Session 3: Changing things within the organization where I work.
Session 4: Changing the area of law where I practice.

Each session will incorporate:
Issues of framing: Building common framework for discussion

Substantive issues: Content, analysis, theory, models, and definitions to discuss and analyze anti-racism in the law, in our practice and in society.

Reflection: How do I fit in, how does this relate to my life, relating individuals, communities, legal community and organizations we are in and part of to substantive discussion, individual and group dynamics within organizations and society.

Tools and Strategies for Action and Praxis: Concrete steps people can take, coming out of the interactive process of the class (flowing from the reflective portion & substantive discussion).