Healing Roots facilitates a discussion every month for our Learning Community and we offer a workshop every few months. For the Learning Community, we usually meet at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis at 920 East Lake Street, but we are conducting our discussions over Zoom for the time being to maintain social distancing during COVID-19. Participants at each meeting pick the topic and the date for the next meeting. Everyone is welcome.
We choose topics on modern European American culture or whiteness, particularly to build our skills at facilitating discussions and educating others about what needs to be transformed for an equitable, just, and healthy society. We also choose topics to learn about our root cultures and draw resources from them to replace whiteness, for health and healing, and to add richness and meaning to our lives.
Healing Roots Learning Community
Topic for Discussion: Reflecting on our emotions during this time
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
6:30 - 8:00 pm
With the events of these past weeks, we are offering continuing Zoom sessions to give people a time to connect with each other and share our emotions, thoughts, and strategies for how to make and support the responses needed to end police brutality and the many injustices experienced by people of color and indigenous peoples.
We will be concluding our discussion about our emotions and emotional patterns. In a previous gathering, we talked about how we have been taught to express our emotions and how we have inherited some attitudes and responses based in our culture and passed on through the generations. Last time we discussed how these patterns affect our understanding of and response to our whiteness and racial injustice.
We will continue our discussion with the question:
- What resources can we draw upon to connect with our emotions in a healthy way that can facilitate our healing and social justice work?
You do not have to have participated in the last discussion to attend.
Please email Janice Barbee at janicegwb"at"yahoo.com if you want to join us via Zoom. (@ has been replaced by "at" to avoid robot spam.)
Justice for George Floyd Tool Kit - Black and Indigenous organizations to support and contact info and sample messages for letters and phone calls
Resources to Support Minneapolis Protestors - Materials and health resources in the Twin Cities, where to direct donations and support, petitions, learning resources for our own education
Twin Cities Aid Distribution Locations - maps that lists aid distributions locations, highlights urgent needs, when donations are being accepted
Don't Recreate Policing with our Community Watch - ideas for engaging and community building with neighbors
Check on social media to see if your neighborhood (or an area near you) has organized a mutual aid effort (try searching "mutual aid autonomous zone" with the name of your neighborhood).
Other resources shared by attendees:
European American Identity and Culture Workshop
Now in progress.
Next workshop will begin in October
The workshop is presented via Zoom over 6 - 2 hour sessions. We offer short lectures/presentations and use the breakout rooms on Zoom to have small group discussions. We ask participants to do some reading and exercises between sessions.
Stay tuned for the dates in October.
Scholarships are available
In this 12 hour workshop over 6 weeks, we explore whiteness, modern European American culture, and our root cultures as dimensions of our identity.
We ask such questions as:
- What are the characteristics of European American culture?
- What is a healthy cultural identity? How does knowledge of your culture inform your work in communities of many cultures?
- What is the history of whiteness in the U.S. as a concept and identity?
- What are the cultural narratives that support whiteness and what counter-narratives can we promote?
- What resources from your cultural roots can you draw on to have a healthy identity and have healthy relationships across cultures?
- What new language can we use to replace language based on hierarchy and prejudice?
Contact Janice Barbee at janicegwb("at")yahoo.com with questions or if you want to be added to the email list. (To combat robot spam, the @ has been replaced with ("at").