Apply now to join with members of the OEP-Racial Justice Learning Action Community in making a commitment to six bi-weekly meetings to discuss confronting the policies and practices of racial injustice in your community and across the country.
Let’s hold each other accountable as we build on the educational work we’ve done in past years with a clear commitment to action. We will build space in our cohort to “do the work” personally, and to strategize together about organizing to dismantle systems of racism and oppression. What are the specific policies and practices in your communities that uphold racial injustice? Who is in charge of these policies? Who is already working on change efforts? How can you join or strengthen that work?
As a result of these meetings, you will gain more information about specific problems, possible solutions, and the pathway from here to there. In addition, you will develop and strengthen basic organizing skills and Kingian Nonviolence values. Ultimately, you will gain relationships within your community and within this Learning Action Community to sustain you over the long haul.
On Earth Peace’s Racial Justice Learning Action Community (LAC) seeks to be a place for engagement, education, accountability, collaboration, and action among advocates and organizations actively committed to working towards justice for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Our hope is for the creation of a Beloved Community that unleashes power and equips its members with community, capacity, and commitment to racial justice.
What to expect:
Time to report on your activities since our last meeting
Personal sharing & discussion in small and large group settings
Music, art/imagery & community-building
Homework assignments including conducting individual research and relationship building within your own community
Dates and Time of the event:
The program consists of six bi-weekly meetings and will run from February 24 to May 5 via zoom (link will be provided after the selection process). Meetings will be on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm Eastern, 6-7:30 Central, and 4-5:30 Pacific. We will meet on Feb. 24, March 10, March 24, April 7, April 21, and conclude on May 5, 2021. Click here to determine what time this event starts in your time zone.
Final Participant Group Announced Beginning February 15
After signing up for this event, you will receive an email with the link to a google form. Please complete the form in as much detail as possible as it will help the facilitation team make decisions. The facilitation team will begin reviewing responses on February 15th and will reach out to you to let you know if you've been selected to join this group.
Radiah Shabazz is a communications professional, racial equity expert, and mother, whose work is rooted in advancing racial equity and inclusion for Black and Indigenous communities of color, to ensure they all have the ability to exist in liberation while contributing to collective healing to combat the impacts of white inferiority complex. She holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and a BA in journalism from Howard University. She is a former On Earth Peace racial justice organizer.
Tamera Shaw is the racial justice organizing intern at On Earth Peace. She is currently studying African & African-American Studies and Psychology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.
Matt Guynn is the director of church and community organizing at On Earth Peace. He serves on the Coordinating Committee of the Oregon Poor People's Campaign and is the co-editor of Resist, Organize, Transform: An Introduction to Nonviolence and Activism (2020). Matt is part of an international network of Kingian Nonviolence trainers and organizers.