What we're about

A multiracial/cross-class group of folks dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation, we engage in a variety of group discussions to build community and awareness, and take action to disrupt the systems of racism in the U.S. and beyond. We support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations.

“Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” by Angel Kyodo Williams

Upcoming events (5)

Attend: Addressing Personal Bias While Defining Your Authentic Self (online)

Want to learn practical ways to address bias in ourselves and our community? Expert Kalise Wornum, PhD., will lead this interactive program with techniques to identify personal biases and promote antiracist and equitable behavior in ourselves, families, organizations and community. Kalise is also the Founder, and CEO of KW Diversity Incorporated: https://kwdiversityinc.com/. For more information about the program and presenter, and to register if you want to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/addressing-personal-bias-while-defining-your-authentic-self-tickets-124010072465 See for more events and donate to support: https://www.sparkkindness.org/programs/ ** If you want to attend this, you NEED to RSVP with the hosts so they can manage their event with info about participant interest and send you a Zoom link. This is not a Knapsack meeting...it is posted here to share it with you. You are welcome to RSVP on this Knapsack page (but it is not required). The Zoom link will NOT be posted on this Knapsack page.

Me and White Supremacy: book discussion (over Zoom)

Online event

A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla Saad, "leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources." quote source: http://laylafsaad.com/meandwhitesupremacy Join us to discuss this book. We'll share what stood out for us...what challenged us, what we learned, questions we have, and whatever comes up. Come with a passage from the book that you want to discuss. Due to the nature of this meeting, and defining the Circle Way process (for this group during this meeting), please be on time. We will not let in folks after 10 minutes. This meeting is being offered again due to the interest and value of the work we can/need to do with the ideas in this book. We hope you can join us this time. We have a lot to learn, and we do it better together. All are welcome. ZOOM: The meeting code will be posted in the comments on this page before the meeting. Only folks who RSVP on this page will be let in from the "waiting room." Put a comment on this page if you are having problems getting in. - To help us be prepared and to communicate if there are changes in plans, RSVPing here is required. If your plans change, PLEASE let us know. Thank you! ** Our (always evolving) Group Culture: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/52930676/0/#[masked] If you want to buy this book, we strongly favor and recommend the Frugal Bookstore in Roxbury, a small family owned store that could use our support: https://frugalbookstore.net. If they offer you free-shipping, that means they are making no profit...so pay for it too if you want to support them. Leonard, the owner, is very kind and helpful, so I suggest calling and placing your order. Let him know his store is valuable to us:[masked]. Another option shared by LB: Updated list of Black-owned bookstores in the US. I’ve been buying from The Key Bookstore. https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/books/a33497812/black-owned-bookstores/ Books we have read so far: - "So You Want to Talk About Race" by I. Oluo - "Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color" by A. J. Ritchie - "The Hate U Give" by A. Thomas - "You Have the Right to Remain Innocent" by J. Duane - "Neither Wolf Nor Dog, On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder" by K. Nerburn - "White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class" by N. Isenberg - "On the Other Side of Freedom, The Case for Hope" by D. Mckesson - "White Fragility" by R. DiAngelo, PhD. - "Unraveling the "Model Minority" Stereotype" by S. Lee - "How to be an Antiracist" by I. X. Kendi - "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" by R. Dunbar-Ortiz - "Homegoing" by Y. Gyasi - "Just Mercy" by B. Stevenson - "Reproducing Racism" by D. Roithmayr - "There There" by T. Orange - "My Grandmother's Hands" by R. Menakem - "Nickel Boys" by C. Whitehead - "Hood Feminism" by M. Kendall - "The Water Dancer" by Ta-Nehisi Coates - "Are Prisons Obsolete?" by Dr. Angela Davis

Act 4 Change: Taking Action Together (over Zoom)

Online event

This is a time to do actions together. We share ideas, support, and motivation to call/write people in power, sign petitions, and more. At the beginning of the meeting, we answer questions, then (each on mute) we get calling/writing individually. All are welcome to join us. We are stronger together! “Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” by Angel Kyodo Williams You are welcome (but not required) to join us in using our growing Google spreadsheet that includes current action plans, groups to join, podcasts that inform us about actions we can take, and groups doing great work already that we can engage with. We get many of our actions from SURJ Boston (http://www.surjboston.org), ACLU, Mom's Rising, and other emails from groups we feel in line with and support. This sheet is provided during these meetings. ZOOM: The Zoom link will be posted in the comments before the meeting. A password will be included and a "waiting room." We will only let in folks that RSVP for this meeting. Put a note in the comments if you are having problems getting in. If you RSVP that you can attend, we expect you to attend. So if your plans change, please let us know (in comments or change your RSVP). We appreciate you helping us this way. Please let us know your needs so we can help make the event accessible for you. - Find your Massachusetts legislator: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator - Our (always evolving) Group Culture: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/52930676/0/#[masked] Nate Woods (pictured) was executed on 3/5/20 in Alabama. He was innocent, just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Along with many other folks, I made calls to help stop this lynching, but it wasn't enough. This is my motivation for starting a monthly Knapsack meeting with a focus on taking action. -Deb See more info: https://eji.org/news/nathaniel-woods-alabama-execution/

Talking to Kids About Race and Racism (over Zoom)

Online event

Parenting is an ongoing, lifelong process. Talking to our children about race and racism is also an ongoing, lifelong need. We, as adults doing this work, can use ongoing motivation and support in this work...so let's continue the conversation we started on this topic (9/5). Our use of "parent and parenting" is broad, including but not limited to being a caretaker, educator and mentor of all children in our community such as students, neighborhood children, and extended family members. Our goals: 1. To feel support as a parent and gain opportunity to learn from each other: what it is like in different circumstances. 2. Parenting is a continuous process (race-talk, like all lessons, is needed over and over and over). 3. Want parents of all races to see need for inclusiveness and openness to discuss race, age appropriately from birth, as we are raising citizens of the world; what we expose/don't expose them to impacts the world. Discussion prompts: Warm-up: Who have you parented/helped parent? Share a moment you think you could have done better (regret afterwards), or funny, or memorable. (Message: it is okay to not be perfect in parenting and we all aren't). 1. What was learned from from the radio show? (link posted below) 2. Share an example of how you are normalizing talk about race/racial differences with those you "parent." 3. What have you learned from your own experience normalizing talk about race/racial differences? 4. What do you want a parent of white children to consider? 5. Other parenting considerations? 6. Wrap up: In what area/way will you try to make your parenting different after this discussion? Take-away? "Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids. Their silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how to start. This (link below) is about talking to white kids about race and racism: how white parents, families, and teachers can learn to show up for racial justice in a way that will make a difference for generations to come. The show (link below) explores a wide variety of approaches with kids of all ages. Parents, racial justice experts, and teens all provide perspectives on these necessary and challenging conversations, with a focus on how white parents can actively interrupt the racist messages and stereotypes that children as young as three years old are already starting to pick up." Above is a description of this 51 min. special: "Talking to White Kids About Race and Racism": https://www.wnyc.org/story/talking-white-kids-about-race-and-racism/ We recommend you listen to this before attending. We will be discussing the main lessons. "Raising White Kids" by Jennifer Harvey (Kayi recommends this book.) All are welcome. - Please let us know your needs so we can help make the event accessible for you. ZOOM: The meeting code will be posted in the comments on this page before the meeting. Only folks who RSVP will be let in from the "waiting room." Put a comment on this page if you are having problems getting in. If you RSVP that you can attend, we expect you to attend. So if your plans change, please let us know (in comments or change your RSVP). We appreciate you helping us this way. ** For those who share the physical space you are in during a Zoom meeting with others, please be aware of and prepare for our new confidentiality agreement in our (always evolving) Group Culture: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/52930676/0/#[masked]

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Take Space/Make Space: Knapsack 101 (over Zoom)

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