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Wisconsin Groundwork Racial Justice Workshop


Racial Justice Workshops

Groundwork facilitates racial justice workshops for organizations that are interested in more inclusive, racial justice-centered practices within their group. If you are interested in having us facilitate a workshop with your group, please contact Colin Gillis (colinrgillis AT gmail DOT com) to discuss details and compensation.

Groundwork holds an intensive 6-week workshop every two years in Madison, WI that is open to all community members. Our workshop examines how racism and white privilege affect our lives, communities, institutions, and movements for social justice, while developing strategies for prioritizing racial justice both individually and collectively. Our methods seek to engage heads, hearts and voices in a creative, transformative process. Workshop participants share food and stories to build community and deepen our learning. Childcare is provided. Our next workshop will be in the Fall of 2014. Details are included in the application ...

These workshops focus on the experiences of white, European Americans, but are open to all.

Here’s what a past participant has to say about the workshop:

“The Groundwork Fall workshop was the first time I had an intentional space to talk with white people about racism. The workshop laid a solid “groundwork” for me in thinking about these issues and was a great mix of “heart stuff” and “head stuff.” While the focus was on racism, it did a great job of talking about Queer oppression, anti-Jewish oppression, and other issues as well. The first four weeks were focused on building a Racial Justice analysis, understanding the history of racism in the United States, and reflecting on our personal experiences with racism and white privilege; while the last four weeks were more focused on organizational, social change stuff. This mix worked really well! I’d recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to talk in depth about racism with white people, deepen their analysis of racism, and develop concrete strategies on how to work for racial justice as a white person.”

Walker Republicans

They repealed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act. They eliminated state funding for family healthcare planning services. They passed 8 laws that limit women’s access to sex education, birth control, cancer screening, and abortion services. Wisconsin now ranked among nine worst states for reproductive rights.

More great "Walker Republican" graphics at: https://www.facebook.com/DoorDems courtesy of the Door County Democrats!

Sherrod Brown on Big Oil

Lemme see .... there's veteran care, mental health care, public schools, clean energy and water ...

Funny thing about where we're seeing complaints about undocumented workers

The Math Is Simple

What did giant corporations do with their trillion dollar tax cuts?

Full Metal Jackass

and other great tweets at: https://twitter.com/TeaPartyCat

Look, when Jesus wrote the Constitution, he had only 10 Amendments, so why do you liberals insist on all these new ones letting people vote?

Gov. Jan Brewer: “I’ll look into the botched execution, but I’m sure he didn’t suffer because I asked him after and he didn’t say anything.”

Sure, Sarah Palin got a speeding ticket for going 63 in a 45, but we all know radar guns are science-y, and science has a liberal bias.

David Perdue won the Georgia GOP nomination for Senate last night, though if even one black person voted, the Tea Party will void the result

"Jews and Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies" Movement calls for love, not violence



After two weeks of violence between Israel and Hamas, which has claimed at least 570 Palestinians and 27 Israelis so far, people from both sides are pleading for an end to the bloodshed. Earlier this month, around 300 people participated in a demonstration in Haifa, Israel, dubbed ”Jews and Arabs Refuse to Be Enemies.” Now the same phrase has evolved into a hashtag, and it’s being used by thousands of people in an international social media movement calling for peace.

The ongoing unrest stems from the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli girls in June, which was followed by 10 days of air strikes, a failed ceasfire, and Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza last Thursday, resulting in the deadliest day since the fighting started for both sides.

As the world watched in horror, one group is refusing to be silent spectators. Thousands of people — Jewish, Arab, and otherwise — have come together in solidarity to convey messages of love, tolerance, and peace using the #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies hashtag. Users have been posting to both Twitter and Facebook pictures of spouses, friends, and family members along with the hashtag and various other messages of peace. Many of the people make up Jewish-Arab couples or are both Jewish and Arab in ethnicity — human proof that Jews and Arabs don’t have to be enemies.

The #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies movement was started by two Hunter College students, Abraham Gutman, who is from Israel, and Dania Darwish, who is from Syria, as a way to promote peace amid the violence. People from both sides are encouraged to share messages and photos of love, which seem to collectively say, “Violence is not the only solution.” “The campaign exists in a sense in Israel, the slogan has been alive for years in Hebrew,” Gutman told ABC News. “We wanted to use that same slogan, to strengthen it, to show the international community that we don’t have to be enemies.”

Obama Administration to Whales, Dolphins: You Go Deaf, We'll Get Oil

The Gas and Oil President.


Obama Administration to Whales, Dolphins: You Go Deaf, We'll Get Oil

Imagine this: Someone moves into your neighborhood and, every 10 seconds, fires off an airgun that's louder than a jet engine. And it goes on for weeks or months at a time. It's painful and debilitating, so loud that some of your neighbors go deaf, others die. If you're a whale, dolphin or sea turtle living off the Atlantic Coast, the Obama administration has just made that nightmare a reality.

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management opened up offshore waters from Delaware to Florida to oil and gas exploration. I'm sure that's good news for the oil and gas industry (which already gets more than $4 billion in tax credits and subsidies from the U.S. government) but thousands of marine animals will pay a very terrible price.

In approving this step in exploring for oil, the Obama administration greenlighted a controversial technique for conducting seismic surveys: blasting ultra-loud noiseguns that send sound waves through the water and help identify where the oil and gas might be. But there's a problem. These guns generate some of the loudest human sounds in the oceans short of explosives. They can reach more than 250 decibels (a jet engine is around 140 decibels), causing hearing loss in marine mammals like whales and dolphins and disrupting rich communities of wildlife under water, where sound is magnified. Such painful explosions of noise can disturb essential behaviors like feeding and breeding over vast distances, cause communication problems between individual whales and dolphins and even reduce catch rates of commercial fish.

Sometimes these super-loud noises are merely painful, other times they can cause animals to go deaf or even die. The government has acknowledged these noise blasts will hurt 138,000 marine mammals, including some of the last remaining Atlantic right whales on Earth (there are only about 500 left in the wild).
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