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Power with Not Power Over

  • 2100 Building 2100 24th Avenue South Seattle, WA, 98144 United States (map)

Power with not Power over: Accountability in Action for White Women

September 10th 9-4:00pm

Location: 2100 Building 

(Image credit Janna Yashchuk).


In this workshop, we will work from the personal crossroads of white privilege/supremacy, internalized sexism and patriarchy. There is a tension here that we must notice, feel, heal  and understand. As white people who are targeted by sexism, we get to look at the potential we have yet to step into where gender and race overlap. We must also be responsible and accountable for both our racial privilege and for undoing our internalized sexism. We do deeper into way sexism has set up white women to collude with white supremacy culture in the Power With one; looking at what impacts of patriarchy we need to heal to more fully be accountable for our white privilege and be anti-racist allies/accomplices.

Agenda:

Morning part is focused on our experience of and with sexism, patriarchy and mysogyny 

Afternoon part is focused on our experience of and with white privilege and white dominant culture

Topics we will cover include: All are focused on personal growth and action in service to racial equity

  • Strengthen our service to racial equity and community liberation

  • Power with not power over requires us to know our power, to be powerful and to use our gatekeeping status for liberation

  • Based on feedback and requests from women of color colleagues and friends, this training will explore how to ground into our personal power and share power more gracefully in anti-racism and liberation strategies.

Accountability:

Our colleagues of color have asked us to host this training, their perspective informs the content and we are in regular communication with them to apply feedback.

The main ways I am trying to be accountable as a white person is doing racial justice work in relationship with people of color that I am collaborating or facilitating with specifically women of color: Natasha Marin, Andrea Lising Paull, and Aparna Rae.  There has been a specific ask for white women to get coaching around their management and this series is a response to that need.

I lead a lot of white caucus work while being accountable to our colleagues of color. I just moderated 3 panels on intersectional feminism for the Day of Action this past Sunday centering WOC voices.

Organizations that I work with or support that are led by POC are Wayfind Legal, Nonprofit Assistance Center, Resource Generation, Social Justice Fund, Justlead and Rainer Valley Corps.

White groups/colleagues that I go to or lead are European Dissent, Nonprofit Anti-Racist Coalition and anti-racist white women for equity. I make mistakes often, I make amends imperfectly, and I am committed to living in integrity and in connection. 

Donations will be made to Real Rent Duwamish and women color progressive campaigns via One America.

Refund policy:

No refund are given after registration. If there is another series, people can transfer to that one if they can no longer attend this one.

Facilitator:

Fleur Larsen started facilitating 20 years ago on challenge course programs with youth and adults. Her style is based on sharp analysis, flexible thinking, joy, and purposeful results. Her work is relationship-based with connection, collaboration, and community as integral elements to reach goals. Currently, she works with several corporate and nonprofit groups facilitating retreats, trainings and workshops in addition to one on one coaching.

Fleur’s work as a Seattle-based facilitator is focused on equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion, team building, emotional intelligence, experiential education and community development.