Spring ASDIC Circle
Feb
3
to Apr 21

Spring ASDIC Circle

  • Cherokee Park United Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ASDIC Circles are designed to provide you with an in-depth experience to better understand the ways race and racism operate in all of our lives. They will give you greater clarity of thinking, strength of relationship, and effectiveness of action in addressing systemic racism.

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ASDIC in St Louis Park: Social Justice, Core & Being
Nov
13
to Nov 27

ASDIC in St Louis Park: Social Justice, Core & Being

  • Lenox Community Center, Room 2 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us at Lenox Community Center for ASDIC's second season of St Louis Park Community Ed-sponsored workshops.

Drawing on principles and practices of antiracist transformation and communicative ethics, this workshop will teach skills of mindset to guide our behavior in social encounters. You will learn to name beliefs, values, convictions and actions that energize and sustain an antiracism way of life. We will leave with mindful ways of connecting with our ethical convictions.

Classes will meet 11/13, 11/20, and 11/27 from 6-9pm. Registration opens August 4.

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Bde Maka Ska: ASDIC Board Chair's Letter to the Editor
Nov
5
to Nov 19

Bde Maka Ska: ASDIC Board Chair's Letter to the Editor

Scott Russell writes: "The Star Tribune ran a disturbing Op/Ed Monday titled: I asked 350 people who live along or near Lake Calhoun about renaming it — The breakdown is 20 percent for and 80 percent against. Equally interesting are the reasons.

"The author is critical of the proposed name change from Lake Calhoun to its original Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska (or Mde Maka Ska). Here are four examples of how the Op/Ed embodies white privilege..."

Continue reading ASDIC Board Chair Scott Russell's letter to the editor.

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Overcoming Racism Conference
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Overcoming Racism Conference

This year’s conference theme is Overcoming Racism: Awakening, Woke, Taking Command. 
Awakening: Seeing, naming and deconstructing the dominant racial narratives. This step is about education and dialogue. It means awakening to the history of colonialism/ (If you don’t know the history, you can’t see it repeating itself.) It means awakening to the white racial frame and white privilege. It means waking up to the histories and narratives of other peoples and cultures and valuing them.


Woke: Awakening is a first step, but it’s easy to slip back into habits of silence, numbness, and not-seeing racism. This step is about vigilance and preparedness. We can stay awake to how racism surfaces in our everyday life and have confidence in our ability to respond. People who are truly “woke” carry a strong responsibility to act.


Taking Command: Learning the skills to undo racism, seeing the opportunities to undo it and applying our skills to the challenges at hand. This step is about building skills, courage and leadership.


FREC sees these stages as fluid and non linear. We all are constantly awakening. Depending on the issue and context, people can be in each stage of growth.

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ASDIC in St Louis Park: Discerning Whiteness, the Unacknowledged Barrier
Oct
26
to Nov 9

ASDIC in St Louis Park: Discerning Whiteness, the Unacknowledged Barrier

  • Lenox Community Center, Room 108 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us at Lenox Community Center for ASDIC's second season of St Louis Park Community Ed-sponsored workshops.

In this interactive workshop we will explore the meanings and origins of pervasive racial assumptions, expectations, images, values, and beliefs. From an abstract definition to vivid depictions, we will examine what the "white racial frame" looks like in ourselves, our communities, and workplaces, and how it creates a white-normed culture. We will do some workshop-related reading and journaling between sessions.

  • "A very unique class.  Worthwhile."
  • "Thank you for this opportunity, this welcoming conversation, this safe place."
  • "Excellent and relevant content and materials."

Classes will meet 10/26, 11/2, and 11/9 from 6-9pm. Registration opens August 4.

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Mendota’s 18th Annual Traditional Wacipi-Pow Wow
Sep
8
to Sep 10

Mendota’s 18th Annual Traditional Wacipi-Pow Wow

  • St Peter's Church Grounds (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Consider supporting our friends at the 18th Annual Mendota Wacipi! A wacipi is not a ceremony but a social gathering--all are welcome. Hear the drum and singing circle, see the fancy dancing, and enjoy dozens of traditional craft vendors and edibles at one of Mni Sota Makoce's most sacred sites.

$5 entry button donation, no one turned away!

*The wacipi needs volunteers, canopies (2x 30x40 ft), 6-8 8-ft tables, and folding chairs. Anything you'd like to help with is greatly appreciated. Pidamaya ye (thank you in Dakota).

For more information, call 651-452-4141.

Read a TC Daily Planet article about the Mendota Dakota and the wacipi here.

Download the flyer here.

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Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Understandings & Skills (Part 2)
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Understandings & Skills (Part 2)

Join us at Lenox Community Center in Saint Louis Park for this workshop on communication ethics. This workshop will meet for two Tuesdays.

Complex factors influence how we interpret others: social location (race, class, gender, culture, sexuality, locality, beliefs), psychology (intentions, needs, pre-definitions), how we understand the setting (nature of the event, significance of the activity). Increase awareness of the ways our socialization and social location affect our perceptions, interpretations, feelings and behaviors. Practice cross-cultural communication skills of perceiving and responding.

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Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Understandings & Skills (Part 1)
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Understandings & Skills (Part 1)

Join us at Lenox Community Center in Saint Louis Park for this workshop on communication ethics. This workshop will meet for two Tuesdays.

Complex factors influence how we interpret others: social location (race, class, gender, culture, sexuality, locality, beliefs), psychology (intentions, needs, pre-definitions), how we understand the setting (nature of the event, significance of the activity). Increase awareness of the ways our socialization and social location affect our perceptions, interpretations, feelings and behaviors. Practice cross-cultural communication skills of perceiving and responding.

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Discerning Whiteness: The Unacknowledged Barrier
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Discerning Whiteness: The Unacknowledged Barrier

Join us at Lenox Community Center in Saint Louis Park for this 2-part workshop April 3 & 10. Please register through Saint Louis Park Community Ed via the button below.

Full description:

In this interactive workshop we will explore the meaning and pervasiveness of racialized assumptions, expectations, images, values, and beliefs—their origins, purposes, and dispositions. From an abstract definition to vivid depictions, we will examine what the white racial frame looks like in ourselves, local settings, community, workplace, and agencies, and how it creates a white-normed culture. We will do some workshop-related reading and journaling between sessions.

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Mardi Gras Fundraiser & ASDIC Gathering
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Mardi Gras Fundraiser & ASDIC Gathering

Join us for a feast of Cajun, Creole, and Brazilian food, DJ and line dancing, mask-making, games for kids, and good company as we raise the funds to form a 501(c)(3).

At 6pm we will hold an ASDIC Gathering for all past Circle participants. Join us for sharing, stories, and reflection. This event is free.

Information: Okogyeamon, 612-558-0452

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Start of Spring ASDIC Circle
Feb
4
8:00 AM08:00

Start of Spring ASDIC Circle

Our antiracism dialogue circles are designed to provide you with an in-depth experience to better understand the ways race and racism operate in all of our lives. They will give you greater clarity of thinking, strength of relationships, and effectiveness of action in addressing systemic racism.

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