Revisiting Reparations @ Sierra Club, Oakland [29 November]

Revisiting Reparations

18:00 - 20:30

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Sierra Club
2101 Webster St, Suite 1300, Oakland, California 94612
A recent study found that, in the U.S., the median white households net wealth was 13 times greater than the median Black households and 10 times greater than the median Latinx households. Differences in level of education, marital status, full- or part-time employment or consumption habits did not come close to explaining this shocking difference, commonly termed the racial wealth gap.[1]

Where did the racial wealth gap come from, and what can we do about it? In the absence of a government-level program of reparations, how can we participate in the economy in ways that fight racial inequity instead of reinforcing it?
This workshop, facilitated by members of the SURJ-Oakland/Bay Area Fundraising Committee, aims to share information about the origins of the racial wealth gap and create space for thinking through how individuals can leverage wealth to undermine, rather than support, the structures of white supremacy. We emphasize the development of a reparations mindset, a broadly applicable approach to our personal and financial lives that centers our relationships to racial privilege and the racial wealth gap. Finally, facilitators will discuss how they bring this mindset to their SURJ fundraising work and how organization-level work around money can serve the cause of racial justice.

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Bay Area chapter, is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education. However, all are welcome at this workshop regardless of identity. We are asking for $5-$20 donation, sliding scale, which will go to support one or more of our partner organizations led by people of color. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Building Accessibility: There are two entrances to Sierra Club Office building on Webster and 21st, both of which are accessible for mobility devices. The building has an elevator, and the kitchen space, conference room, and restrooms can also all accommodate mobility devices.

Scents: The Sierra Clubs space endeavors to offer a scent free environment; however as the Club is currently transitioning towards the use of only scent free products, we cannot guarantee an entirely scent free space. We ask everyone to please arrive at meetings fragrance free to support access for folks who experience multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies. This means using only body products and laundry detergent that say fragrance free or unscented on the label and do not have scented ingredients.

Restrooms: Restrooms are currently labeled in a gender-binary way. The Sierra Club is working on changing this and has an office policy that all restrooms are available to anyone, regardless of lived or perceived gender identity. We ask that folks choose the restroom that is right for them, and that no one question a persons chosen restroom.
Register for the workshop: BROWN PAPER TICKETS URL HERE

[1] Amy Traub, et al., The Asset Value of Whiteness: Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap
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