“These are times that try our souls.” – Facing Race 2016
Reflections on disconnection, awakening and action.
...I didn’t know what to expect in Atlanta, but something about the moment, even beyond the election – just felt like it was the place I needed to be. While I didn’t know exactly what my soul yearned for, I knew that I needed to change my environment and be in the presence of critical thinkers, advocates, and racial justice progressives. I had trouble putting words to my thoughts, but exhaustion was one thing I could tangibly notice within myself. Before the conference began, I recognized that I had a foggy mind – present, yet disconnected to real and raw emotions.Read more
I’d like to thank Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy for giving me the opportunity to attend this wonderful conference, and allowing me to connect with so many individuals across the nation that are interested in making a change. This conference remarkably fell at the right time, and served as a place of solace for individuals who were stunned and disturbed by the United States of America Presidential Election.
The 2016 Facing Race conference defined itself as “A unique collaborative space for racial justice movement making, Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders.” A deep exploration of sessions and speakers.Read more
On the first morning of the Facing Race conference this year in Atlanta, I was washing my hands in the bathroom when a tall black man walked in. Startled, he looked at me in the mirror and asked, “Uh, am I in the right place?” “Yeah,” I responded, “it’s all-gender.”
An exploration of what a makes a good conference and a call to love in work and action.Read more
With the 2016 Presidential election now over, I’ve entered a process of much needed reflection. For me, I’ve blocked the media and rhetoric of political pundits out of my thoughts and now look to the future – one that I will impact positively. The campaign season is usually a time where people divide and organize themselves in an us vs. them fashion. We become so focused on why MY candidate is better than yours and what MY candidate will do for the people that we estrange ourselves from those who may not share our views. I am not criticizing these practices, as it is natural to the political process and how people ultimately make voting decisions. My thought is simply that campaign politics, for me has become more of a system of disunion than one where we unite.Read more
America hates us. That’s what the election results told me and millions of immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ and people of color, especially my black and brown brothers and sisters. It said we do not belong in America, and it said it loud and clear. Only two days after the elections 2,300 people from around the nation came together, still mourning, outraged, scared, upset, but to realize and affirm that folks fighting for racial justice - we are not alone. We came together in Atlanta, Georgia for Facing Race - a national conference presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. A unique collaborative space for racial justice movement-making, Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders.Read more
As a mixed Asian American woman, I've grappled with white privilege from an early age. My experience as a multiracial person influenced how I've conceptualized and constructed race and identity, and it is what first politicized me as a teen, and led me to Race Forward's Colorlines blog over eight years ago. As one of my go-to resources on racial justice, I’ve valued how they view it through an intersectional and interdisciplinary lens. Facing Race was a rare opportunity for leaders across a variety of sectors to converge around racial justice and smashing the silos that often exist in social justice work. ...Read more
Originally aired on November 16, 2016.Read more
A message from Tamir Novotny following the 2016 Presidential Election.Read more
Tony Bowen, Director, Grants Management and Operations, Democracy Fund as interviewed by Tom DiGenno, EPIP-DC Chapter Leader. Learn more about Tony, his work, his time with EPIP and some fun facts.Read more
Originally aired October 26, 2016.Read more