Deutsch Foundation Hosts Workshops with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.

The People’s Institute believes that racism is the primary barrier preventing communities from building effective coalitions and overcoming institutionalized oppression and inequities.  Through Undoing Racism®/Community Organizing Workshops, technical assistance and consultations, The People’s Institute helps individuals, communities, organizations and institutions move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society.

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Founded in 1980 by long-time community organizers Ronald Chisom of New Orleans, and Dr. Jim Dunn of Yellow Springs, Ohio, The People’s Institute has impacted the lives of nearly 500,000 people both nationally and internationally. Through this process, it supports a cadre of anti-racist organizers who build leadership and accountability in the communities where they are organizing.

Today, The People’s Institute is recognized as one of the foremost anti-racism training and organizing institutions in the nation. In a 2002 Aspen Institute survey of eleven top racial justice organizations, five credited The People’s Institute with having the most effective anti-racist analysis.

The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation is hosting three three-day Undoing Racism Workshops in Baltimore in February and March, 2017. Contact us if you are interested in enrolling in the March three day workshop.

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The People’s Institute supports the on-going anti-racist efforts in communities, organizations and institutions through the following programs:

Undoing Racism® Community Organizing Workshop 

Community Organizing Strategy Team™ (C.O.S.T)  
Reflection, Assessment, Evaluation Team™ (R.A.E.) 
European Dissent 
The People’s Institute Youth Agenda (P.I.Y.A.) 
The Jim Dunn Center for Anti-Racist Community Organizing   

School: YU; Categories: Symposium; Event: Undoing Racism Workshop 42 in NYC; Keywords: none; ID: ;

School: YU; Categories: Symposium; Event: Undoing Racism Workshop 42 in NYC; Keywords: none; ID: ;

Undoing Racism® Community Organizing Workshop 
Undoing Racism is our signature workshop.  Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. The multiracial team of organizers/trainers includes more than 40 men and women whose anti-racist organizing expertise includes years with civil, labor and welfare rights struggles, educational, foster care, social service and health reform movements, as well as youth and grassroots community organizing. An average of 10-15 groups per month participate in The People’s Institute Undoing Racism®/Community Organizing process.

Workshop participants will:

  • Develop a common definition of racism and an understanding of its different forms: individual, institutional, linguistic, and cultural;
  • Develop a common language and analysis for examining racism in the United States;
  • Understand one’s own connection to institutional racism and its impact on his/her work;
  • Understand why people are poor and the role of institutions in exacerbating institutional racism, particularly for people and communities of color;
  • Understand the historical context for how racial classifications in the United States came to be and how and why they are maintained;
  • Understand the historical context for how U.S. institutions came to be and who they have been designed to serve;
  • Understand how all of us, including white people, are adversely impacted by racism every day, everywhere;
  • Address surface assumptions about how your work is (or is not) affected by racism;
  • Develop awareness and understanding about ways to begin Undoing Racism;
  • Gain knowledge about how to be more effective in the work you do with your constituencies, your organizations, your communities, your families;
  • Understand the role of community organizing and building effective multiracial coalitions as a means for Undoing Racism.

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