Meeting Archive:
Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization

Meeting Description:
This training is geared towards individuals and organizations that see the need to take a bold move to improve the way our Movement provides services to survivors of color while also supporting advocates of color.  Sexual violence is greatly impacted and made more complex by all other forms of oppression, but issues of racism have long been swept under the rug within our Movement.  Many organizations promote anti-oppression work but aren't able to describe or demonstrate how they are specifically addressing issues of racism. Unfortunately, this lack of clarity can mean that survivors of color aren't receiving the services they deserve. It also means that advocates of color experience feelings of isolation and tokenism.  Many advocates want to do a better job around racial equity but don't know where to begin. This webinar will tell one organization's story to prioritize equity in an authentic, impactful way.  
Specifically, the presenter will:
*  Share PWCL’s reasons and process for going past an anti-oppression framework towards an anti-racism framework;
*  Give advocates and managers a starting place for why anti-racism work is crucial to ending sexual violence;
*  Openly discuss the barriers, roadblocks and mistakes that come up for white allies who strive to be anti-racist;
*  Suggest ways that an anti-racism framework can inform service delivery to survivors of sexual violence.
*  Provide suggestions for those without decision-making power in their organizations on how they can prioritize anti-racism values into service delivery.
Date: Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): WCSAP
 Presenter Information
Rebecca Nickels, MSW

Rebecca Nickels has been the Executive Director of the Portland Women's Crisis Line since 2006 and working to end domestic and sexual violence since 1996.  Rebecca understood that racism existed as a 6-year-old living in St. Louis where the difference between neighborhoods of white folks and brown folks was stark.  She believes that being a white anti-racist activist is like being a feminist leader--it's a work in progress.