Oakland Parents & Caregivers Talking About Race & Racism , International Association of Firefighters Local 55, Sunday, 21. October 2018

Please join us for a special *one-time only* workshop for parents and caregivers of preschool and younger aged children with the Alphabet Rockers! 
This workshop is designed to support Oakland parents and caregivers in talking with each other and their little kids about race and racism.  
After the white nationalist rally and counterprotest in Charlottesville a year ago, we felt compelled to do something in our own community to elevate the idea of anti-racist parenting. If the term anti-racist parenting sounds confusing, let's break it down. We know that racism is unacceptable, and often many people don’t have the tools to actively reject and dismantle the policies, practices, and attitudes that perpetuate racism. When we’re anti-racist, we’re finding ways to do exactly that in our everyday lives. Doing this as a parent can be challenging in unexpected ways. We know from personal experience that having conversations about race and racism with a young child isn’t always easy -- however you identify racially or ethnically.
This workshop is open to any parent who wants to attend, and we are specifically encouraging white parents and caregivers to join us. 
As we’ve been planning to do something, we’ve seen all kinds of racist incidents hit the news. With #BBQBetty, our beloved Lake Merritt became the center of national conversation. We want to make sure we’re creating a safe (or brave, if you will) space for us to talk with each other about these issues, as they affect us as parents and caregivers raising little kids in Oakland.
Our hope is that wherever you may be on the spectrum of talking about race and racism - from no experience with these types of conversations at all (or, very negative experiences) to deeply experienced - that we will be able to grow together.
We think the Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers are such a great fit to help us kick off this conversation and see where it may take us next.
Workshop Information: 
Organizers: Rebecca & Aspen are parents and not affiliated with any organization. We need community invovlment to make this event a success. Please register as soon as you can and help get the word out. 
Facilitators: Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd, Jr., Artistic and Music Directors of the Alphabet Rockers, are both Oakland parents who have facilitated conversations with brave parents across the country. Infusing music and fun into difficult conversations, Kaitlin and Tommy build community around ending racism.  
Cost: There are direct costs (about $1,500) associated with putting on this workshop, so we have developed a sliding scale based on household income to make sure we can cover them. Please review the recommended sliding scale and pay what you think is appropriate for your household. Organizers are volunteers and will not financially benefit from this event: any additional revenue raised beyond direct costs will be donated to an Oakland nonprofit organization. 
Childcare: We'd like to reduce as many barriers as possible for those who would like to attend. We've created a small childcare fund to help those who need help to cover childcare costs. The fund is on a first-come/first-serve basis, as funds allow. 
Food: Please volunteer to provide a simple, healthy food item that can be shared with the group (for example, 10 bananas or 10 bagels). 
Inclusion: Parents and caregivers of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, genders and generations and that represent different family formations are welcome in this workshop. 
Questions & Concerns: Please feel free to reach out directly to Rebecca and/or Aspen by email about anything regarding this workshop and we will respond as quickly as possible. 

Workshop Schedule:
10 - 10:30: Registration, Breakfast and Welcome by Rebecca & Aspen
10:30 - 12: Workshop by Kaitlin and Tommy of the Alphabet Rockers
Suggested Sliding Scale (p/person) based off combined household income:
Over $125,000 annual income: $100 - $250
$86,000-$124,000 annual income: $50 - $100
$61,000 - $85,000 annual income: $25 -  50
$40,000-$60,000 annual income: $10 - 25
Under $40,000 annual income: $5
Resources & Information: 
Alphabet Rockers: 
White Parents Should Talk to their Kids about Racism: 

Oakland Parents & Caregivers Talking About Race & Racism

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