Activists of all ages and from many organizations will gather at Alverno College on Saturday, April 1 from 8:30 am to 4 pm for “Racial Justice: The Courage To Act” — a workshop on building collective liberation with Chris Crass, nationally known anti-racist activist and writer.
Crass joins Reggie Jackson, Head Griot of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, and a strong team of local leaders to provide participants with tools, action strategies and courage to combat racism.
The workshop with Crass and Jackson was initiated by Black Lives Matter to WI Unitarian Universalists (BLM2WUU), a coalition of congregations across the metro area committed to anti-racism work. “In a highly segregated metroplex like Milwaukee, at a time when many people are new to activism and unsure with whom to work, we are gathering a ‘big tent’ group for this workshop,” said Rev. Suzelle Lynch, of BLM2WUU, and minister of Unitarian Universalist Church West, in Brookfield. “The aim is to work together across lines of race, religion, and age, and to involve both city and suburbs,” she added.
The day-long event is co-sponsored by YWCA, Alverno College, All People’s Church, Alverno College, America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Ex Fabula, MICAH, Rid Racism, SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), the SE Wisconsin United Church of Christ Mission Team, the Greater Milwaukee Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), UBLAC (Uplifting Black Liberation and Community), and the ACLU of Wisconsin.
The goals of the workshop are three-fold. To empower motivated people to take positive action for racial justice; to build deeper understanding about systemic racism to motivate courageous action; and to build broader relationships and coordination between people across the racial spectrum. Eleven breakout sessions will center on topics like faith community organizing, white supremacy, white feminism, suburban organizing, and youth working against racism.
The workshop registration fee of $25 Adult; $15 student/youth includes lunch and choice of breakout session. Some scholarships are available. More information and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-justice-the-courage-to-act-tickets-32103322903