Interruptions Workshop

“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” ~bell hooks

Maybe you are the only LBGTQI2A+ person in a room, and someone says, “That’s so gay…” and means they don’t like something, and it feels like everyone is laughing with them. Or maybe it’s a comment about race, or body size, or physical ability, (Insert your own scenario here). What can we do to intervene with our nonviolent skills and support one another to be better in our work for social justice? 

Friday, July 10 from 9:30-11:30 am PST, feminist-antiracist trainer, Sally Eck from Portland State University will join the Metta Center’s hope tank to offer an introductory workshop on “calling in,” how we can show up for each other and interrupt language and behavior that can cause others hurt and harm, while expanding our circles of belonging and building ‘beloved community.’ 

Free for all to attend, donations gratefully accepted to help cover the presenter fees. To join the workshop, please register here.

 What are Interruptions?

Interruptions are actions we take with the purpose of starting a dialogue with the aim of widening our circles of belonging and are concrete efforts to address some of the ways that our words and actions can unwittingly contribute to systematic oppression.  This workshop presents the tools of engagement in a way that creates an open, respectful space for strategic and caring communication and learning experiences which lead to greater mutual understanding

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