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Archives from the Challenging White Supremacy Workshop


By amyferguson - Posted on 17 February 2011

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Archives from the Challenging White Supremacy (CWS) Workshop from the years 1993 to 2000 are available for use in the library. The workshop ran for over a decade, from 1993 to 2005. The contents of the archives are listed below and include lectures, essays, newsprint, workshop activities, and flyers. They are an invaluable source of information on white privilege throughout history, imperialism, and progressive movements, and on anti-racist organizing. We welcome you to read them.

 

ABOUT THE CHALLENGING WHITE SUPREMACY (CWS) WORKSHOP

(www.cwsworkshop.org)

 

            The mission of the CWS workshop was to 'train principled and effective grassroots anti-racist organizers.'  Typical workshops were called 'Becoming an Anti-Racist Activist,' 'Becoming and Anti-Racist Organizer,' and 'Introduction to Grassroots Anti-Racist Organizing.'  The workshop, based in San Francisco, began in 1993, after its co-founders Mickey Ellinger and Sharon Martinas were inspired by participating in The People's Institute's 'Undoing Racism Workshop.'  The CWS workshop closed in June 2005.

            Each workshop session lasted about 15 weeks, and met 3 hours per week. Participants were expected to complete reading assignments of 100-150 pages per week, to volunteer in a pre-arranged racial justice organization for 6 to 8 hours per week, and to raise funds to pay the honoraria for organizers of color who presented to the workshop.

            Workshop participants were mostly white, college-educated, working and middle class grassroots social justice activists between the ages of 20 and 30. The majority of each workshop of 30-35 participants were women and LGBT activists.  After 2001, all applicants had to have at least 1-2 years of prior experience as social justice activists in order to participate in the workshop.

            CWS was an anti-racist solidarity workshop.  Its co-founders came from a political tradition of white anti-racist solidarity activists who, from the late 1960's through the 1980's, practiced our belief that the role of U.S. white revolutionaries was to win other white activists to support national liberation movements on both sides of the U.S. borders.  Mickey and Sharon hoped to pass on the tradition of 'solidarity politics' to a new generation of predominantly white anti-racist activists.

            In 2009, Mickey and Sharon donated the CWS files from 1993 to 2000 to Community Change in Boston.  We hope you find them useful in your racial justice work.

 

THE ARCHIVES

 

BOX #1:  FOUNDATIONS OF CWS: 1990-1992

1. 'Solidarity Without Borders:'  El Salvador Hotline, & Linking Issues 1990-1991

2. Theoretic Base for 'Fighting White Supremacy in Progressive Movements:'  my essay of 1991

3. Responses to Essay 'Fighting White Supremacy in Progressive Movements:'  August 1991

4. Mickey Ellinger's & My class:  'Addressing White Supremacy in Progressive Movements: Summer 1991, Fall 1991

5. Mickey's and my class:  renamed '500 Years of White Supremacy.'  Spring 1992

6. My notebook of this period

 

BOX #2:  FOUNDATIONS OF CWS:  1992-1993

1. 'Fundi:'  1992-1993 (An effort to create a women of color led  anti-racist training center, which did not eventually happen)

2. First cws workshop:  a one day workshop for the Committee in  Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) fall 1992

3. Mickey's and my participation in the Undoing Racism Workshop of  the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond:  June 1992,

4. First CWS 10 Week Workshop:  Challenging White Supremacy:  Spring 1993

5. Evaluations from first workshop:  Spring 1993

6. One day CWS workshops for CISPES and Prairie Fire Organizing Committee in Chicago,  Spring 1993

 

BOX #3: SUMMER AND FALL 1993; MISCELLANEOUS DRAFTS OF CWS 'LEGACIES READERS'

1. One day CWS workshop for War Tax Resistance, Berkeley, summer 1993

2. One Day War Tax Resistance workshop:  facilitators handbook and placards

3. 8 week workshop: Summer 1993

4. Fall workshop:  folder #1

5. Fall workshop:  folder #2

6. Draft proposals for Fall 1994 workshops

7. Drafts of proposed Legacies Readers, 1993-1997

 

BOX #4:  CWS 1994

1. Planning:  Brochures 1994

2. Planning: Correspondence 1994-1995

3. Administration: 1994

4. Spring 1994:  Workshop for Activists Curriculum

5. Small group organizing skills training:  1993-1995

6. 'Mentor' training: small group organizing skills summer 1994

7. Working Group to plan 'CWS Workshop for Organizers:  Summer 1994

 

BOX #5:  CWS 1995

1. Planning & 'Swimstorms': 1995

2. Workshop Agendas: 1995-1996

3. What is Racism?  1996-1999 (analyses and exercises)

4. Practice & Model Respectful Behavior;  Active Listening

5. Creating an Anti-Racist Culture of Resistance:  #1

6. Creating an Anti-Racist Culture of Resistance:  #2

7. Evaluations:  Fall 1994-Fall 1995

8. Small Group Organizers Training: 1995-1996

 

BOX #6: CWS WORKSHOPS: 'BECOMING AN ANTI-RACIST ACTIVIST':  1996-1998

1. Large white folder 1:  Planning and Publicity 1996

2. Large white folder 2:  Planning and Publicity 1997

3. Large white folder 1:  Agenda: Political Perspectives & Introduction 1996-1998

4. Large white folder 2:  Agenda: "Life in the City:" "Life in the Burbs": 1996-1997

                          A Power Analysis adapted from  Peoples Institute

5. Large white folder 3: Family Herstories; Research histories of  white anti-racist activists 1997-1998

6. Large white folder 4: 'Shinin' the Lite on White':  White  Privilege and Culture' 1994-1998

7. Large white folder 5: 'Shinin the Lite on White' Exercises 1997-1999

8. Large white folder 6. Small Group Organizers (SGO) training program 1998-1999

 

BOX #7:  'BECOMING AN ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZER 1996-1999'

1. Legacies Workshop 1996

2. CWS brochures 1998

3. CWS workshop spring 1999:  brochures, planning, trainers, volunteer racial justice placements

4. CWS workshop spring 1999:  curriculum

5. Permissions for Legacies Reader

6. Some correspondence 1997-1999

 

BOX #8:  'BECOMING AN ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZER 1995-1999

1. Racism and the Rise of the Right  1995-1996

2. Standing in Solidarity:  Linking Issues 1998  (for more Stand in Solidarity exercises, see Box #2 of'CWS Workshop on Line, 1998-1999)

3. Challenging the Strategy of the Slave Owners: Prioritizing Issues of Peoples of Color (3 folders)

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6. Creating an Anti-Racist Organization 1995-1997

7. Hold on to your Visions 1997-1998.

 

BOX #9:   CWS WORKSHOP ON LINE  1998-99**

 

  ** Please note special caution on use of the CWS workshop on line 

materials.  Anyone may read and copy the content of these materials, including emails.   But NO ONE, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES may copy names or any contact info about anyone listed on these materials.  This includes all email names and email addresses.   Neither can any of the people whose emails are listed be contacted by ANYONE using these files.  There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule!

 

1. Brown folder 1:  Planning

2. Brown folder 2:  Inquiries

3. Brown folder 3:  Jan-April 1998

 

BOX #10:  CWS WORKSHOP ON LINE  and STAND IN SOLIDARITY FILES 1992-1999

1. Brown folder 1:  CWS workshop on line:  May-Sept. 1998

2. Brown folder 2:  CWS workshop on line:  Evaluations Sept-Dec. 1998

3. Large white folder 1:  Stand in Solidarity:  Breaking the Silence on Violence 1992-1999

4. Large white folder 2:  Stand in Solidarity: Presentations and Exercises 1993-1998

5. Large white folder 3:  Stand in Solidarity: Legacies of Liberation 1992-1999

 

BOX #11:  "PHOENIX" AND TIME OF TRANSITION:  1999-2000

1. "Phoenix:" (an unfulfilled  dream):  A School for Grassroots Anti-Racist Organizers. 1999-2000.

2. Anti racist study groups proposed for Fall 1999 through Summer 2000     (folder #1)

3. Study groups and anti-racist activities Fall 1999-2000.

 

BOX #12: CWS WORKSHOPS: 'BEYOND THE WHITENESS IN SEATTLE:' SUMMER & FALL 2000

1. Draft Planning for 'Beyond the Whiteness' Summer 2000 (4 session workshop)

2. 'Beyond the Whiteness':  Summer 2000 workshop

3. 'Beyond the Whiteness:' Fall 2000, a 6 week workshop (Folder #1)

4. 'Beyond the Whiteness:' Fall 2000, a 6 week workshop (folder #2)

 

BOX #13:   BECOMING AN ANTI-RACIST ACTIVIST:   SPRING 2001

         (This workshop was a collaboration with Elizabeth Betita Martinez and her Institute for Multi Racial Justice.  It was a wonderful collaboration between Betita and me.  But unfortunately it only went on for 1 spring.  The students of color in Betita's part of the workshop evaluated that 'it was a waste of their time' to have to meet jointly some sessions with the white participants.)

1. Orientation booklet: 'Becoming an Anti-Racist Activist'  Spring 2001

2. Planning Materials for Orientation

3. Recruitment Materials

4. Draft materials for curriculum

5. Spring 2001 Curriculum (brown folder)

6. Organizing against Patriarchy with an Anti-Racist Lens

7. More Curriculum for Spring 2001

 

BOX #14:  BECOMING AN ANTI-RACIST ACTIVIST:  FALL 2001

         (Many of the curriculum materials and readers for this session were the same as for Spring 2001)

1. Planning for Fall 2001 curriculum

2. Extras from Small Group Organizing Training Manual Fall 2001

3. Some Exercises and Agenda for Fall 2001 workshop

4. Evaluations from both Spring and Fall 2001 workshops

 

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