Local Muslim advocacy organization offers bystander intervention training

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The “Hassle Line” – a technique developed by the Civil Rights movement to prepare marchers for confrontations with harassers. [Photo courtesy of CAIR Washington]

Approximately 40 people came to learn bystander training from the Washington Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) on Jan. 13.

Bystander training is a nonviolent mechanism for community members to go out into the real world and prevent confrontations from escalating, prevent harassment or hate crimes, and act as better allies.

The training event included people who had experienced harassment as well as those who had only witnessed it.

Fatima Sheikh has experienced both.

Via International Examiner

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Wising up about privilege


Mr. Wise took time after his lecture to sign books for fans. Wise has devoted his life to educating others in an effort to dismantle institutional racism. (Photo by Jordan Pickett)

Hundreds filled Kane Hall on Friday night to hear anti-racist activist, speaker, and writer Tim Wise at an event that was planned by UW Public Lectures months in advance, well before President Donald Trump became a reality.

As a result, much of what Wise discussed couldn’t be disentangled from current events, and in fact was directly correlated to them. At times, Wise’s cadences and motions matched that of a televangelist, and at other points he was a great comedic relief, but his words reflected those of an educated activist throughout the night.

“What I want to talk about is how we can understand white privilege as an operative thing that gives advantage to those so called,” he said.

Wise contended that white privilege tends to perpetuate American exceptionalism to sustain itself. American exceptionalism, to put it simply, is believing irrevocably in the concept that everyone can “pull themselves up by their bootstraps,” and that it’s all anyone needs to do to achieve middle class status or higher.

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Event to form action around societal and systemic racism

“This is geared toward students who already feel that Black lives matter,” said Steven Sawada, event organizer and graduate student.

He’s talking about the UW’s Racial Justice Organizing & Caucus, which will happen on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and Monday, Oct. 17. It’s highly recommended that attendees go to both events as they will be sequential.

Both Sawada and another graduate organizer, Gonzalo Guzman, said this event will be an organic, solution-oriented safe space. Both predict the event will last three and a half hours each of the two days.

Both Guzman and Sawada held sentiments that discussions and forums already held at the UW just aren’t good enough, as they are all talk and no action. That’s one of the many reasons Sawada formed the caucus, which has the financial backing of the UW’s Race & Equity Initiative Steering Committee. …

But there’s one thing organizers think will receive a lot of scrutiny: They plan on breaking up attendees by race to work in groups. Organizers predict that skeptics will see the tactic as divisive, but they insist it’s not about that. They believe that the safest way for attendees to unpack their feelings without judgement is with people who occupy the same identities.

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Diagnosing Racism: Students for an Anti-Racist UW School of Medicine Forms, Holds Call to Action

by Kelsey Hamlin

“It started with medical student activism,” said University of Washington Assistant Professor Frederica Overstreet.

Over the course of one academic year, UW medical students formed Students for an Anti-Racist UW (SARU), School of Medicine.

via South Seattle Emerald

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