[Sayma-Discuss] [Sayma-Announce] Information about the 12th Annual White Privilege Conference, April 13-16, 2011, Bloomington Minnesota

Charlotte Shea Judy Guerry guershea at hiwaay.net
Tue Feb 22 15:45:22 JEST 2011

Hi, Liz....to let you know that our e-mail address has changed to 
guershea at comcast.net....though we haven't quite weaned ourselves off 
hiwaay, it will be happening soon.


On 2/21/2011 4:55 PM, Liz Oppenheimer wrote:
> Liz--
> FGC and a few individual Friends are sharing the following 
> information.  Given that some yearly meetings and monthly meetings 
> have a working group or other committee to look at the issue of racism 
> and unearned privilege, we wanted to be sure that SAYMA meetings knew 
> about this opportunity.
> Thanks so much for helping share the information.
> Blessings,
> Liz Oppenheimer
> ------------------------------------
>   2011 White Privilege Conference
> *Date:* Apr 13, 2011 - Apr 16, 2011
> *Location:* Bloomington, MN
> /In 2010, nine Quakers attended the White Privilege Conference and 
> took advantage of a 5% discount on registration. Several of those 
> Quakers believed that the conference was so meaningful to them and 
> could be so worthwhile to other Friends and their meetings, that they 
> began work on bringing at least 60 Quakers to the WPC in 2011. Such a 
> large group that registers through FGC will qualify Friends for the 
> following cost savings:
> /
> _ITEM_ 	_REGULAR FEES_ 	_*FEES for FGC GROUP in 2011*_
> Conference Registration 	$315
> 	*$144 if 60 or more Friends*
> All-day institutes 	$125
> 	*$30 if 20 or more Friends*
> Shabbat dinner 	$30
> 	$30 non-negotiable
> *
> Providing a group discount for the 2011 White Privilege Conference 
> (WPC 12) is a service of Friends General Conference for members and 
> attenders of Quaker meetings and worship groups and of Friends churches.
> To qualify for FGC's group discount, you MUST pre-register with FGC 
> first. <http://fgcquaker.org/cmr/wpc_preregistration_form> Once you 
> pre-register, you will be sent a discount code to be used in the WPC 
> registration.* If you register through WPC's website first, you will 
> NOT be eligible for the FGC discount.
> *As of February 21, there are already 34 Friends who have 
> pre-registered through FGC for the White Privilege Conference.*
> <http://fgcquaker.org/cmr/wpc_preregistration_form>**
> *
> *http://www.fgcquaker.org/cmr/2011-white-privilege-conference
> *
> *
> *
> *Here are some highlights of the WPC:*
>     * Daily plenary sessions and keynote speakers
>     * Workshop sessions each day
>     * Caucuses to debrief: White caucus; People of Color caucus; GLBTQ
>       caucus
>     * Films followed by discussion
>     * Pre-conference all-day institutes and all-day institutes on the
>       final day of the conference
>     * Merchandise and books for sale, include steep discounts on DVDs
> *In 2011, local Friends and FGC are sponsoring a Quaker hospitality 
> room* where Friends can take a break when needed, gather for worship, 
> or have a Quaker caucus for worship sharing. /Donations to offset the 
> cost of the room will be welcome on-site./
> *In 2011, we hope to have local Friends provide overnight hospitality* 
> to out-of-state participants, as well as arrange for carpools to and 
> from the hotel each day.
> *FAQs about the White Privilege Conference*
> *1.  When and where is the WPC?  How do I get more information?*
> This year's White Privilege Conference (WPC12) will be held near 
> Minneapolis, in Bloomington, Minnesota.  The regular conference is 
> April 14-16, 2011 with some pre-conference institutes held the day 
> before, on April 13.
> *2.  How is the WPC different from other workshops about anti-racism 
> work?*
> This conference looks at the flip side of racism:  the unearned 
> privilege that comes from being White and of being of European 
> descent.  The WPC is one of the few places where White people 
> concerned about racism can look at dismantling and demystifying White 
> privilege by learning from other White people.  As author Peggy 
> McIntosh says, "Describing white privilege makes one newly 
> accountable."  People of color who also participate are there to 
> support us in our work, to be witnesses and allies, and to learn about 
> and undo their own internalized racism.
> *3.  Is this a conference for White supremacists?*
> No.  Instead, the WPC actively engages White people and people of 
> color who wish to dismantle a system that historically has given 
> unfair advantage to people whose skin is white.  The WPC also helps 
> people of European descent address internalized privilege and 
> internalized superiority.
> *4.  What does "White privilege" mean?*
> White privilege has been defined as a system of unfair advantage based 
> on the color of a person's skin.  It is "unearned power conferred 
> systemically" (cf. Peggy McIntosh's Unpacking the Invisible 
> Knapsack).  It is the "web of institutional and cultural preferential 
> treatment" that exempt White people or people of European descent from 
> racial oppression (cf. "What Is White Privilege?" pdf from 
> cwsworkshop.org <http://www.cwsworkshop.org/pdfs/WIWP2/1WIWP.PDF>)
> *5.  I get uncomfortable talking about this stuff.  Why should I put 
> myself through it?*
> Many White people get uncomfortable when talking about White privilege 
> or racism.  Being uncomfortable might indicate a readiness to learn 
> more so that we begin to see and understand the invisible forces, 
> systems, and mechanisms that have silently taught us to be 
> uncomfortable, to not talk about certain topics. To face our 
> discomfort and put ourselves in uncomfortable conversations about 
> racism and privilege can be the beginning of dismantling oppressive 
> systems--systems that give some people advantages and other people 
> disadvantages based on skin color.
> *6.  Is the conference going to make me feel guilty or ashamed of 
> being White?*
> Everyone reacts differently to the conference.  For those Quakers who 
> attended as a group in 2010, we learned how to view the systems in 
> play that silently train White people and people of color to feel 
> guilty, ashamed, or afraid.  Many of us left the 2010 conference 
> feeling empowered and better equipped to be allies in our own 
> communities and to speak up in our families where unearned privilege 
> plays out.  There are opportunities throughout the conference to ask 
> about what to do when guilt or shame creeps in.
> *7.  I'm a person of color.  Can people of color attend the conference?*
> Yes!  People of color are welcome to participate in the conference.  
> There are opportunities for people of color to gather in their own 
> caucus to debrief; many presenters are people of color.  Attenders who 
> are people of color are integrated fully into the workshops and 
> discussions.  In 2010, there were more than 125 people of color, 
> including Native Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans.
> *8.  I feel clueless about White privilege.  Should I go to the 
> conference anyway? *
> If you are curious and feeling open to learn, yes, consider coming to 
> the conference.  In the past, workshops were all identified as being 
> beginning, intermediate, or advanced.  But you don't have to 
> participate only in one "track."  Descriptions of workshops and 
> institutes will be forthcoming.
> *9.  Won't people of color be tokenized?  How are they integrated into 
> the conference? *
> There's always a chance of anyone being tokenized or marginalized.  
> But those of us who attended the 2010 conference experienced people of 
> color as full participants.  They asked questions, challenged other 
> participants, led workshops, delivered keynote addresses, showed films, 
> led discussions, and supported their fellow White conference 
> participants.  The founder of the conference, Eddie Moore, is an 
> African American male, and he has openly talked about the importance 
> of continuing to draw on his experience and leadership as an African 
> American man.
> *10.  Why is there a group of Quakers being organized for 2011?  Is 
> this a Quaker event; is FGC sponsoring the conference?*
> The WPC is NOT a Quaker event, and FGC isn't a sponsor for WPC12.  But 
> Quakers are working with FGC to organize a larger group for the 2011 
> conference because of the tremendous positive impact the conference 
> has had on those Friends who have attended in the past.  In addition, 
> because a large group will receive a large discount for registration, 
> it makes sense to draw on FGC's infrastructure to get the word out 
> about the conference and the reduced registration rates. FGC commits 
> itself to look at issues of race and racism among Friends and to 
> "transform our awareness so that our corporate and individual 
> attitudes and actions fully value and encompass the blessed diversity 
> of our human family." (Minute of Purpose 2009)
> *For more information:*
> Liz Oppenheimer
> (612) 721-8010
> lizopp at gmail.com <mailto:lizopp at gmail.com>
> Vanessa Julye
> (215) 561-1700 x3006
> vanessaj at fgcquaker.org <mailto:vanessaj at fgcquaker.org>
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