What we're about

A mainly white (though all are welcome)/cross-class group of folks who hold a vision of shared liberation and are dedicated to building capacity among white people to engage in the struggle for racial justice.  We do this through group discussion and learning, building awareness and community, and taking action to disrupt the systems of racism in the U.S. and beyond. We support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations, and hold ourselves accountable to guidance from our Partners of Color.

During meetings, we "pass the hat" to raise funds to compensate our Leaders of Color. Learn more, and get links to contribute, here: 
https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/53218283/#132996327

Our Group Culture helps us create a safer and braver space for sharing and gives us tools we can use for conversations inside and outside of meetings...it is always evolving: 
https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/52930676/0/#132694589

***“Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”  ***by Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Our name inspiration comes from Peggy McIntosh and her article: "Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"

Upcoming events (4+)

Knapsack Action Hour (virtually)

Needs a location

Join Knapsack members for an hour of actions to fight for racial justice. The accountability of joining together is a good way to get things done! We share ideas, support, and motivation to make phone calls, send emails, sign petitions, and more. At the beginning of the meeting, we answer questions, then (each on mute) we get calling/writing individually.

These actions are mostly related to Massachusetts or the US; however, if you would like to spend time speaking out on progressive actions in those areas, you are welcome to join us!

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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  • Find your Massachusetts legislator:
    https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator
  • See "What we're about" and our "Group Culture" on our home page: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists

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We "pass the hat" to raise funds to compensate our Leaders of Color. Learn more, and get links to contribute, here: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/53218283/#[masked]

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ZOOM:

We ask that you be on screen for introductions. If this presents a problem, please contact one of the Event Hosts before the event. Shortly after that, we will all mute in order to concentrate on the actions and possibly to make calls.

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.

Folks can enter this meeting during the first 10 minutes. If something comes up that will make you late, please communicate in the comments (before the meeting start time) so we know and will let you in from the waiting room.

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.

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Image: The image is a sepia photograph of a rural road with ample trees on either side of a dirt road. Over that is the text "Activism is my rent for living on this planet" from Alice Walker. Source: https://quotefancy.com/

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This meetup was started in reaction to Nate Woods being executed on 3/5/20 in Alabama. He was innocent. His execution motivated members of Knapsack to start this weekly meeting with a focus on taking action.

See more info: https://eji.org/news/nathaniel-woods-alabama-execution/

Overwhelmed as a Person doing Anti-Racism Work? (on Zoom)

Needs a location

We meet regularly to discuss how we are dealing with our feelings of OVERWHELM due to the many issues with racism and our efforts as people/activists doing anti-racism work. We know we can't do it all. How do we decide what to do? How do we manage and be the most effective instead of giving up and doing nothing?

You will be invited to share during the meeting:

  • What are you feeling overwhelmed with lately (your activism work or what is distracting/taking you away from activism)?
  • What do you want help with (from us) so you can be doing more activism (again)?
  • How are you dealing and doing self-care?

Hopefully by sharing what we are struggling with, we can get some tools to better manage and balance our days, to feel less overwhelmed so we can SUSTAIN as activists doing anti-racism work.

We will "pass the hat" to raise funds to compensate our Facilitators of Color. Learn more, and get links to contribute, here: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/53218283/#[masked]

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 here. Put a note in the comments if you are having problems getting in.

Folks can enter this meeting during the first 10 minutes. If something comes up that will make you late, please communicate in the comments (before the meeting start time) so we know, and will let you in from the waiting room.

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. We hope to see you soon.

Please let us know your needs so we can help make the event accessible for you.

Our (always evolving) Group Culture: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/52930676/0/#[masked]

Attend: "Out of Whiteness Into Equity" with Laura Night (online)

Needs a location

An action space for people to shift from ‘doing the work’ to being the change.

Highlighting whiteness within societal and personal norms/expectations allows us to reflect on/examine habits and behaviors that are ready to be replaced.

Through a holistic lens, we look at structures of whiteness instilled within us and our daily lives using notable events from the week. We then release and embody an equitable construct.

We close with practices that nurture and sustain the internal shifts ability to effectively address moments of racism and all isms/phobias we encounter.

Active participation is required. Cameras are required initially for newcomers.

This is a loving space for our essence and a space for expansion for our ego.

Looking forward to gathering with you!

Please Note
As this specific series centers racism, whiteness within white community is the primary focus.

If you are interested in a gathering centered around a different ism/phobia, or whiteness within non-white communities, please reach out to [masked]

Background:

Laura Night is the host of the Gymnastics of Whiteness podcast, available from iHeart Radio and Apple podcasts.

Important

You must RSVP for this meeting at Out of Whiteness Into Equity Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

The Zoom link will not be posted on this page or sent through Meetup messages.

If you have signed up but can't find the zoom link, try signing up again. If you have signed up once but can't get in, try signing up with a different email. (This is advice, not guarantees of what will work.)

Attend events are not Knapsack meetings. We post them to share what we are interested in with you. Knapsack members are attendees just like you and do not have access to the Zoom controls.

Please let us know if you RSVPed "yes/attend" but cannot attend.

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Cover image:
The image shows the backs of five able-bodied people who are climbing up a hill or mountain. The sun is shining over them, making the ground orange and brown. The solar glare has outshone the heads of some of the climbers.

This photo was taken from the Eventbrite page Out of Whiteness Into Equity Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Attend: MRCC Solidarity for Racial Justice Action Circle Hour (online)

Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council (MRCC) passed the first reparations fund for slavery using cannabis tax revenue in Massachusetts, the first racial equity fund from War on Drugs using cannabis tax revenue in Massachusetts, and the racial equity commission in 2021.

Stand in solidarity with us as we continue to push town by town for racial justice for slavery and the racially motivated War on Drugs. Kicking off in February we will meet every Tuesday with community members across the state and work to hold our local government accountable to stand in solidarity for racial justice.

We meet for two hours every other week, where we cover the Study Group first then the Action Circle. On the weeks in between, we meet for one hour, covering only the Action Circle. (On both weeks, we might run long, but it's understandable if you need to leave.)

This is an Action Circle week (meaning one hour); next week will include the Study Group (two-hour session).

Background:
Established in 2017, Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council is a political organization that advocates and mobilizes on behalf of communities disproportionately impacted by the racially motivated War on Drugs. Black & Brown, women, and queer led - our workers move in solidarity for racial, healing, and transformative justice through an intersectional framework.

To learn how to move in solidarity for racial, healing & transformative justice join the community at their Patreon link.

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Important

You must RSVP for this meeting at this link.

The Zoom link will not be posted on this page or sent through Meetup messages.

If you have signed up but can't find the zoom link, try signing up again. If you have signed up once but can't get in, try signing up with a different email. (This is advice, not guarantees of what will work.)

Attend events are not Knapsack meetings. We post them to share what we are interested in with you. Knapsack members are attendees just like you and do not have access to the Zoom controls.

Please let us know if you RSVPed "yes/attend" but cannot attend.

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Cover image:
The image is a photo showing white people at a rally on the left. They are holding signs like "Solidarity". On the right, there's a torn piece of paper with the text, "Solidarity for Racial Justice: Support Reparations from Slavery and Racial Equity from War on Drugs" below that is the text "Study Group & Action Circle Tuesdays at 6 pm".

This photo was taken from the Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solidarity-for-racial-justice-study-group-action-circle-tickets-261314557877.

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