It is time to reckon with this reality:
- Efforts to advance equity and justice, without attending to historical harms, are doomed to fail.
- Just about every organization, individual, and family in the United States has participated in and benefited from the systemic oppression and exploitation of the essential and frontline communities of our economy.
- Some have participated and benefited far more than others. Some have had greater choice and agency to not participate, but opted to do so anyway.
- Anyone who is not indigenous to this land is a settler, occupying stolen land.
- Most of us have been inadequately responding to the demands of indigenous, essential and frontline communities to rectify these harmful patterns.
- National reparations, if/when they happen, will attempt to address systemic harms and help future generations. Reparations initiated by organizations, individuals and families are needed to address institutional and interpersonal harms, and affect current generations who are hurting NOW.
If we have any hope of transforming the farcical promise of an equitable future for all people into a reality, we must account for this history, repair the damage, and engage in meaningful reparations. If we don’t do this well and do it now, we will be compounding the historical wounds, adding greater insult to injury, and further corroding the fabric of our communities and premise of our democracy.
This training is for you if you are:
❖ A self-identified person of privilege
❖ Aware that you, your organization and/or family have been participating in systemic oppression and exploitation
❖ Committed to excavating and transforming the beliefs and behaviors that have enabled your participation
❖ Resolute about holding yourself accountable for the damage done and the cost of repair
❖ Committed to increasing your capacity to skillfully engage the shame and rage certain to surface as you navigate the above
❖ Invested in building a strong accountability partnership to mutually advance your commitments to being agents of reparations, equity and justice
Nobody should venture into this work alone. As such, participation in this program requires individuals to sign up with an accountability partner. They should be 1) equally invested in rectifying the same or similar harms, 2) committed to doing the work described above, and 3) capable of holding you to the fire with deep compassion as you navigate the internal and external challenges and emotions certain to surface.
These are the benefits participants will walk away with:
→ Improved power analysis
→ Increased emotional-social-somatic intelligence
→ Increased accountability to indigeneous, essential and frontline members of society
→ Decreased participation in systemic oppression and exploitation
→ Improved capacity to make equitable choices that are accountable to the broadest diversity of stakeholders
→ Preparedness to advance reparations
→ Competency to steward a strong equity and justice agenda
→ A strong, mutually accountable partnership for furthering the work
This practicum integrates the Insight Prison Projects Victim/Offender Education Group (VOEG) transformational re-education program and the Fierce Allies Practice of Change. These two bodies of work prepare self-identified people of privilege to:
- Understand how their beliefs and behaviors lead them to participate in systemic oppression and exploitation
- Transform those beliefs and behaviors
- Take responsibility for the impact of their participation
- Repair the harm caused
- Become examples for and stewards of others doing the same
Here is an overview of the agenda:
- Session 1: BUILDING THE CONTAINER
- Session 2: SHAME & DIGNITY
- Session 3: HARM IMPACT STATEMENT
- Session 4: MEMOIR OF POWER
- Session 5: CYCLES OF HARM
- Session 6: RAGE & HUMILITY
- Session 7: ENVISIONING REPARATIONS
- Session 8: STORIES OF RESILIENCE
- Session 9: REPARATIONS STRATEGY
- Session 10: KEEPING YOURSELF ON THE HOOK
- + One 90-minute session with Miakoda per Accountability Partnership (see below)
Frequently Asked Questions
The Harm Impact Statement Outline question on the application is intimidating. It feels important to answer this question well and not muddle it with white fragility or unpracticed accountability. I’m not sure what I’m asking here but can you speak to this?
Great question. The fact that you are asking it speaks to your commitment to practicing accountability and moving through your fragility. This practicum will support that.
As for the Harm Impact Statement Outline question, do your best. Provide facts not story. Write it as an outline, instead of using full sentences and paragraphs. Don’t defend, qualify, excuse or justify the facts – just list them. Don’t get caught up in white supremacist standards of perfectionism. Keep in mind we will continue to work on this document throughout the practicum.
This is the work. Stay present with what comes up and bring that to the practicum.
What if I’m not sure about all the facts related to the Harm Impact Statement Outline, or I haven’t fully processed the experience?
See above. Additionally, if you do not have all the facts, note what facts you wish you had or think you need, even if you do not know where or if you can get them. You are not expected to have fully processed this experience before the practicum. We will be doing that together during the 10 sessions.
This is big work, so get started on it now.
I want to do repair work on a harm caused by my ancestors. This will make answering many of the Harm Impact Questions impossible to do accurately. What should I do?
Awesome. Doing repair work related to the harms of our ancestors is critical to the holistic healing this work is intended to contribute to.
My advice is, use your imagination. Consider embodying the perspective of one of your ancestors who was alive during that time. Answer the questions from their perspective. If you do not have factual information about who was there or where it happened, make it up.
In many ways this work is first and foremost a practice of holding oneself accountable, when we could easily try to absolve ourselves of responsibility. With that in mind, use your imagination in a way that makes the situation feel real and maximizes accountability (don’t allow your imagination to let you and your ancestors off the hook).
What if I really want to do this training but I don’t have a specific harm event or period in mind?
Is it that you don’t believe there are any harms you are accountable for repairing? If so, we recommend you do some more foundational anti-racism/oppression training before doing this practicum.
If you are noting that you don’t know which of the many harms you have participated in to work on, let me share some of the harms I would consider processing if I was participating.
- My father’s ancestors were house slaves, made light skinned through slave rape. When freed from slavery, their light skinned privilege afforded them enough wealth to become slave holders themselves.
- The daughter of a doctor, I was raised by nannies who were given a decent wage (relative to other nannies) but an exploitative wage considering the value of their work and their cost of living.
- I am a settler on Chochenyo Ohlone land. I make a voluntary monthly contribution to the Shuumi land tax to support the critical work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust to rematriate and return the land to the Ohlone people. That seems deeply inadequate. What else am I accountable to do to be in right relationship with the Ohlone people?
I really want to do this training but I don’t have an accountability partner. Can I still participate?
Before answering that let us emphasize that attending with a partner will significantly increase your ability to integrate this work into your life, to follow through, and continue reaping benefits from the program long after the course is over. We feel so strongly about this that we made it a requirement for enrollment. Additionally, all activities will be designed with fixed teams of 2 in mind. If you do not have a partner you will not be able to fully participate in some activities, or debrief/integrate others.
That said we recognize this as a hurdle for some thus are offering the following exception:
- If there are any spots available after all of the partnered teams are enrolled, and if more than 1 individual completes all of the enrollment requirements (except for having a partner), we will introduce these individuals, in the order that we received their applications, to see if they are interested in participating as each other’s accountability partner.
- If either of you decide you are not interested in this arrangement, your Payment will be returned, minus the Eventbrite Service and Processing fee and a $100 Administrative Fee. Refunds are processed within 30 days of this decision. Refunds will be paid by check from Fierce Allies.
- All of the other terms and conditions set forth in the Policies & Procedures document will apply.
It is worth noting, we have gotten this question a few times now so this may be a viable option, worthy of considering if you can’t find an Accountability Partner on your own. If you are interested in this option please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can provide you with the appropriate application form and materials.
Is this course just for white folks?
There are more than 2 members of my team/family that want to attend. Should we all sign up or is it possible for you to create a customized version for all of us?
Great question. Given the limited budget of some teams, organizations and families, we designed this public program as a cost efficient way to get started on this work.
That said, the ideal way to approach this work is to engage whole teams, organizations and families in a customized version of this practicum. In the customized version, you and your team would reap the following additional benefits:
- All ten sessions and all participants would be exclusively focused on developing your group’s reparations strategy.
- We would swap out the accountability partner model and allow for full group interaction. This would broaden and deepen accountability developed to one another, as well as for the process that led to the harm, its impact and the process of repair.
- Miakoda would not only serve as the facilitator of your group’s process. In this customized model Miakoda would also serve as your consultant, incorporating their extensive experience into your reparation strategy. This would ensure that the plan is robust, comprehensive, thoughtful and heartfelt, and the stewards of it are adequately prepared to navigate the strong emotions that are sure to come as you move towards the implementation stage.
So, if you have 4 or more people committed to attending and less than $20k, you should consider signing up in teams of 2 (be sure to let us know this in your enrollment form and we will do our best to support the interaction and integration of your teams).
If you have 4 or more people committed to attending and a budget of $20k or more, a customized program would allow for maximum impact. Contact us at email@example.com.
What if I can’t make every session?
The content of this program is cumulative, with each session building off the last. As such it is important that no sessions are missed. Additionally, your Accountability Partner will need you to fully engage in all of the activities. That said, if you can not make a session, and you and your Accountability Partner can arrange a time to watch a video recording of the session and do the activities together before the next session, that would work as a decent substitute.
I don’t see the answers to my questions here. Where can I find more answers?
We encourage you to review the Reckoning & Reparations Practicum page, Enrollment Worksheet and Policies & Procedures documents. Many of your answers can be found there.If you still have questions after reviewing these materials, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do our best to provide answers.
- How many participants: Fifteen teams of 2 (30 participants total)
- General Tuition: $1,449 (not including Eventbrite fees)
- Early Bird Tuition: $1,299 (not including Eventbrite fees)*
- Includes one 90 minute coaching session per team
- Course Dates/Time/Schedule: Tuesdays 10-12pm PST
- Nov 10, 24
- Dec 8, 22
- Jan 12, 26
- Feb 9, 23
- Mar 9, 23
- Platform: Zoom
Enrollment is currently closed
THESE ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR ENROLLMENT TO BE COMPLETE:
1) Submit a complete enrollment form (click for preview of application form)
2) Agree to the terms noted in the Policies & Procedures document, and
3) Make your payment via Eventbrite.
4) Your accountability partner must fulfill all enrollment requirements.
* NOTE: To qualify for the Early Bird Discount, both accountability partners must complete all enrollment requirements before Tuesday Oct 6th at 11:59 pm PST.
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