Sep
14
1:00 PM13:00

Towards Abolition: unpacking whiteness in fear & safety

This Confront White Womanhood workshop we will be interrogating whiteness in fear and safety. We will examine the ways white women’s safety has been a tool for racial violence. Grounded in a historical understanding, from emancipation to the present, of how our safety has been used as a justification for violence and mass incarceration of People of Color, Black men in particular. Working in small groups we discuss the ways we understand safety and fear, and the ways racism and privilege impact both. Through discussion on how our biases show up in the context of safety/fear, we empower attendees to interrupt our behaviors (like calling the police) that would put others in further danger.

We simultaneously honor the violence we as women face, while addressing the ways our whiteness is influenced by racialized fear and the systemic responses that results in violence against People of Color. We believe abolition is possible. That we can find new solutions to our problems. That we can engage with our diverse communities without Police. The session will end with a physical self defense demonstration by the Center for Anti-Violence Education. To help us embody our ability to protect ourselves without the harmful interventions of police and white male saviors.

Heather Marie Scholl is an artist and activist committed to creating experiences of truth that nurture a culture of self examination and transformation. She is invested in connecting systems of power to personal lived experiences, including issues of race, gender, sexuality, and abuse/trauma. She primarily works with hand embroidery. She has spent the last 5 years working on her series Whitework. Whitework examines white women's roles in the establishment and maintenance of white supremacy through whitework embroidery techniques. She co-founded Confront White Womanhood, an anti-racism workshop geared towards white women. Workshops have been held across the country, and have been written about in Cosmopolitan and Slate. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums all over the country, and has been written about on Huffington Post, Brooklyn Magazine, BUST, I-D, and Vice. She holds a BA from The Evergreen State College in Race, Gender and Sexuality and an MFA from Academy of Art in Fashion and Knitwear Design.

Kaitlin Noss is an educator and prison abolition activist. She is currently completing her PhD in American Studies and works as the Executive Director of NYU's Prison Education Program. She joined PEP in Spring 2019 after 13 years working at Prescott College, where she taught and helped to establish the Maasai Community Partnership Program for indigenous land rights and the Social Justice and Community Organizing Master’s Program. The latter trains students in critical theory and history, while coordinating their work for real-time grassroots campaigns through partnership with movement organizations in Arizona. She welcomes the chance to work with other white women and organize against the ways white supremacy and gender oppression have shored up anti-Black racism, xenophobia, the capitalist carceral state.

Center for Anti-Violence Education develops and implements violence prevention programs so that women, girls, people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender or Gender-Non Conforming, and those who are at risk from discriminatory policies can interrupt and heal from violence. CAE’s approach combines education, physical empowerment, leadership development and activism. We do this to actively create a more just and peaceful world.

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*All are welcome at this workshop. We do not believe in creating more white only spaces. However, the workshop is designed for people who are or have been perceived as “white women”. This includes trans people of all genders who may have had this experience, as well as People of Color who may be seen as white. Please reach out with any questions.

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Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Confront White Womanhood WEBINAR

For centuries, violence has been done in the name of—and physically enacted by—white women. By examining historical contexts in conjunction with personal story-sharing exercises, we confront how white supremacy shows up in our own behavior. Through vulnerable discussions about individual complicity, we empower attendees to disrupt white supremacy from within their own communities.

Organizers Rhiannon Childs, and Heather Marie Scholl will lead this webinar session.

We are committed to helping you embody that change. We believe through practices of personal interrogation we can shift how we as white women show up, and thus becoming better accomplices in the fight for freedom.

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Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Confront White Womanhood SEATTLE Edition

Rhiannon, Sophie and Heather will be in Seattle, WA for this edition of Confront White Womanhood. At this session, we will be focusing on the white history of feminism and white female empowerment has harmed People of Color with an emphasis in white savoirism. Attendees will leave with ideas of how white women can take tangible steps to interrupt our own racial biases and confront the ways we cause harm. We believe that white women can be better accomplices in the fight for freedom and are committed to helping them embody that change.

This session is co-presented by Virago Gallery where Heather Marie School is showing a selection from her Whitework fine art series, which addresses white women's roles in white supremacy through embroidered items.


Tickets are $40. A number of sliding scale tickets are available, please contact us directly to secure your spot!


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Mar
4
1:30 PM13:30

Confront White Womanhood W/ Jewel Cadet

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Rhiannon, Sophie and Heather will be joined by Jewel Cadet for this edition of Confront White Womanhood. At this session, we will be focusing on the white history of feminism and white female empowerment has harmed People of Color. Attendees will leave with ideas of how white women can take tangible steps to interrupt our own racial biases and confront the ways we cause harm. We believe that white women can be better accomplices in the fight for freedom and are committed to helping them embody that change.

Partial proceeds from every ticket will be donated to BYP100 NYC. Additional donations to BYP100 NYC can be made here, or at the workshop.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased HERE

 

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