PDACNM Newsletter December 10, 2018 – Nobel Peace Prize Nominee David Swanson

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PDA Challenges Racism in Our CNM Chapter

In accord with our national PDA statements about racism and recognizing the pervasiveness of systemic racism in all our institutions, the Central New Mexico chapter is committed to confronting racism and bias, and changing our group culture.

Why do we need to explore whiteness, bias and racism for our current progressive political work?

  • “Our future depends on creating a multiracial progressive movement that will fight for racial and economic justice together-and we are ready.”  – Heather McGhee, President of Dēmos.
  • “And if a class-conscious multi-racial party attuned to anti-sexist, anti-homophobic and anti-militaristic issues and grounded in ecological commitments can reconfigure our citizenship, maybe our decaying democracy has a chance. ” – Cornel West

To move forward with this work, this year we:

  • Invited an anti-racist facilitator to work with our Planning Committee
  • Conducted three Exploring Whiteness training sessions
  • Created an overall plan for doing our anti-racist work
  • Incorporated a “Calling-In” strategy for our planning meetings where we notice microaggression and racist language and provide feedback so that the white people on the Planning Committee can learn more inclusive communication
  • Currently, we are preparing a statement of our organizational commitment to ending racism.

Understanding Microaggressions can be an important place for white people to start exploring anti-racist work. Build the skill of noticing the language you use and what language you tolerate around you.

What are Microaggressions? “Brief everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, or invalidations that people of color experience in their everyday interactions with well-intentioned and well-meaning people who are unaware that they are delivering a put-down or invalidation.” Dr. Derald Wing Sue

What are some examples of Microaggressions? This concept is beautifully and painfully represented by students from Fordham University and the real things people say/do to them all the time, from 2013: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/racial-microagressions-you-hear-on-a-daily-basis?bfsource=relatedauto

I want to learn more – a great video about microaggressions by Dr. Derald Wing Sue.
View youtube video here.

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