Free Support Group for Allyship in Antiracism
Have you been hurting while watching the news these days?
Are you holding on to some very uncomfortable feelings about the subject of race. Guilt. Shame. Confusion. Uncertainty. Maybe even defensiveness.
You’ve never had a safe space to talk about those feelings because race discussions are taboo.
You want to become a better ally in the work of dismantling systemic oppresion.
Or you want to help others doe that work too.
If any of this sounds like you, you might benefit from our Aspiring to Allyship in Antiracism Group
We aim to create an appropriate space for white people to process existing in an institutionally racist system. This means coping with emotions (guilt, shame, defensiveness), and holding each other accountable. In doing so we can strengthen our ability to support Black people. This is NOT an educational or therapeutic program. Instead it is non-judgmental space to focus on the introspective journey needed in order to practice active and actionable Anti-Racism.
Not an Education, Just a Supportive Community of Conversation
Because this is not an educational program, we have no set agenda for these conversations. Some of the themes we expect to come up include
- Processing guilt about white privilege
- Recognizing our own implicit biases
- Embracing imperfection in order to take action
- Differences between performative and actionable allyship
- Practicing non-defensive stance when educated by BIPOC friends (or strangers)
- Handling our anger towards those who don’t understand or agree
- Approaching difficult conversations with family and friends
- Books and resources that have been either meaningful and/or challenging
- Ideas for actionable allyship
A Message from The Group Leader
All The Details for the Aspiring to Allyship Group
Run by: Laura Goldstein
When: First Thursday the month 12pm-1pm EST. Lunch is welcomed and encouraged!
Cost: Free to participate
Who can come: Literally anyone! It doesn’t matter your age, gender, race, or location to join in the conversation. Come as you are! You don’t need any type of background or education to participate. All you need is a willingness to be vulnerable and a commitment to be non-judgmental towards others in conversations about race.
Join in the Conversation!
It’s easy! The only thing you have to do is email us to the googlemeets link!
And Invite whomever you want! This conversation is open nationwide.
Is a group space not how you prefer to discuss sensitive topics?
If you live in Maryland or Washington DC, you can work with one of our individual therapists to process your emotions about race or anything else for that matter! Many people thing that therapy is only for mental health problems. But any area in which you seek personal growth can be support in a therapeutic space.
MCCC’s Allyship Work in Action
MCCC is working on creating a BIPOC Therapy Fund to support the therapy needs of the BIPOC community in Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Montgomery County and the greater DC metro area. More details will be announced as the program develops.
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