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All people of color and white people are affected by racism and must work together to dismantle it. However, how we are affected and the work we must do is different. Caucuses are times when people of color and white people meet separately in order to do our different work. You’ll join other REI training alumni who are committed to raising their awareness of how race and racism move and act within us and in the world. In these monthly meetings we explore together the ways we have been impacted as racialize groups by living in a white dominant society and attempt to move beyond and heal from those impacts.   We also seek ways to work together to bring about change.   More specifically:

  • People of Color work to understand the subtle and explicit internalized and externalized impacts of living in a racist society.   We dialogue, reflect, remember and tell the truth to heal so that we can strengthen our voice, re-establish and increase our collective power.   We work to remove the cycle of oppression and internalized racial inferiority.
  • White people meet to examine and deconstruct their internalized racial superiority, to develop a deeper awareness of the power, privilege and property we have access to in a racialized society in which we are members of a dominant culture, and to hold each other accountable.   We work to recognize, wrestle with, and abolish white supremacy.
  • In our separate caucuses, and sometimes together, we work to embrace the power we have to bring about change, working as allies to remove the cycle of oppression and dismantle racism.

 

 

Why separate caucuses?

Working to explore and understand the personal impacts of living in a racist society can be painful and difficult.   Such work requires a compassionate and safe setting in which beliefs, attitudes, and emotions can be explored. Racial identity caucusing provides a safe space where whites can talk without fear of offending People of Color and People of Color can talk without the burden of rationalizing and proving the validity of their experiences to whites. Unity has an important place in this work, but when it comes to unpacking the personal struggle with and effects of racism, experience has shown us this may best be done in separate caucuses.   

Where and when do the caucuses meet?

Raleigh Caucuses:
* POC Caucus meets at the Alexander Y (1603 Hillsborough St. Raleigh, NC) from 6:00–8:00 on the following dates:

o Quarter 1: 1/17, 2/7, 3/14
o Quarter 2: 4/11, 5/9, 6/13
o Quarter 3: 7/177, 8/8, 9/12
o Quarter 4 10/10, 11/14, 12/12 

Contact info: kendall.harris@ymcatriangle.org or courtneyleeparker@gmail.com

* White Caucus meets at Hope Charter Elementary School in Raleigh on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:30–8:30. For info, contact Craig Herb at craigherb@mindspring.com

Durham Caucuses:
* POC Caucus meets the first Sunday of every other month from 3:00–5:00. For info, contact Jesse Huddleston at jhuddleston47@gmail.com

The Dates are: Feb 5, April 2, June 4, Aug 6, Oct 1, & Dec 3.

* White Caucus meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30–8:00 at McMannen United Methodist Church. For info, contact durham.white.caucus@gmail.com

Orange County Caucuses:
* POC Caucus meets at the United Church of Chapel Hill the fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00–8:30. For info, contact oar.orange.poc@gmail.com

* White Caucus meets at the United Church of Chapel Hill the 4th Thursday of each month from 7:00–9:00. For info, contact, chapelhill.white.caucus@gmail.com