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This meeting of Racists Anonymous is open to anyone, anywhere who's willing to look at the racism we carry inside ourselves and to own it, uproot it, and replace it with anti-racist attitudes and behaviors. Experience with the 12 Steps is helpful and NOT required for this work.
We follow the format and use the literature offered by Racists Anonymous, a global fellowship modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous. Consistent with that tradition, we keep the focus on our own recovery from addiction to racism -- conscious and unconscious. There's more about RA at rainternational.org.
The Wednesday morning (Eastern Time US) RA meeting grew out of an RA step study group that formed in the summer of 2020. Louisville Meeting #1 is a weekly, confidential discussion meeting. At some point in the future, we may co-create other, additional formats for RA topics -- such as once-a-month speaker meetings, step study meetings and the like -- always maintaining anonymity and keeping the focus on ourselves.
Here's a link to the standard RA literature and guidelines --
Beginning Wednesday, January 27, here's our new Zoom data --
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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kvomknjQE
***Please take note:
This group is taking a short break and will begin meeting regularly again on July 28th. Take care of yourselves and we'll see each other soon!***
Racists Anonymous (RA) is a support group based on the Alcoholics Anonymous model. Its goal is to end Racism, one person at a time, starting with ourselves.
This Wednesday meeting of Racists Anonymous gathers via Zoom from 8:00 pm.-9:00 p.m. (Central Time). Anyone for whom this time is convenient is welcome to attend.
For more information, or to get the Zoom link, please contact [masked].
(please allow for a response time of one to two business days)
Materials used in Racists Anonymous meetings can be found at:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tdz287qq84ah3ax/AAAmHplSZ8EJGmlj_H6pIeYLa?dl=0 (To download or print any of these Dropbox files, mouse over the file name, click open with Adobe Acrobat Reader, and from Adobe you can print or download.)
General information about Racists Anonymous can be found at: http://rainternational.org
Racists Anonymous (RA) is a support group, based on the Alcoholics Anonymous model. Its goal is to end Racism, one person at a time, starting with ourselves.
During the Zoom Introduction to RA, you will learn
-- what prompted the beginnings of RA,
-- take part in an abbreviated RA meeting, and
-- get an overview of best practices for starting new RA groups.
This is also an opportunity to ask your specific questions about RA. These meetings are held on Thursdays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm Pacific Time.
The Introduction to Racists Anonymous is NOT a prerequisite for attending other RA meetings. It does provide additional information about the program that ongoing meetings do not.
Please register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItcO-trjIuHtS0rbG5RF6JYtcs_YeF_cAH
AFTER YOU REGISTER, you'll receive a Zoom generated confirmation with the multiple scheduled dates for "Introduction to RA," and a link that works for all the dates. Join us for ANY that work for you. When you register you are not signing up for every date -- just mark your calendar with ONE of the scheduled dates you want to attend.
You will want to access the meeting materials before the meeting at this dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tdz287qq84ah3ax/AAAmHplSZ8EJGmlj_H6pIeYLa?dl=0
The materials include:
-- RA Quick Start Guide:
Note: pp 10-12 are the script used by those who facilitate an RA meeting, pp 13-14 summarize The Problem and The Solution to Racism, p 15 is the list of 12 Steps of Racists Anonymous. These pages are used in every RA meeting,
-- Intro to RA Zoom Meeting: created especially for use in this meeting
-- Do These Jeans Make Me Look Unethical?: an article referenced in this meeting
You can also find additional information about Racists Anonymous at:
Does talking about racism make you uncomfortable? Would you like a safe, non-judgmental space where you and others can talk openly about racism? During a confidential hour, we'll share our thoughts and experiences with race, including internalized racist feelings or thoughts we have in the course of our daily lives. Each meeting begins with a meditation on the problem of and solution to racism followed by a primary share. Then we open up to sharing from attendees.
Please note that this is a non-denominational group and individuals of all backgrounds, faiths, and beliefs are welcome.