White Ally Toolkit at SEUL

From Southeast Uplift:

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There is increasing scientific evidence that shows that empathy-based dialogues are the way to go if you want to have a chance to change adults’ minds. According to this research, the best way to foster “debiasing” is to first listen empathetically to skeptics so they feel heard, and after that, raise experiences and facts that invite them to a broader and more nuanced perspective.

But you don’t have to simply take this on faith. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Have you ever observed situations where someone’s views were hardened after they experienced a private lecture from someone who thought they knew “the truth”?
  2. Have you ever observed situations where someone’s views were authentically changed for the better after they experienced a private lecture from someone who thought they knew “the truth”?
  3. Have ever been times when you someone listened to you empathetically (not necessarily about race) and this experience helped expand your view of a situation?
  4. Have been times when you listened to someone closely and empathetically (not necessarily about race) and this experience helped someone else expand their view of a situation?

If anti-racism allies are going to change any minds, empathetic listening will likely be important. But, the anti-racism movement should not expect POCs to empathetically listen to white racism skeptics. White people are in a much better position to execute listening-based strategy with people who are skeptical about whether racism is real.

On a daily basis, POCs must endure the indirect expression of white skepticism that racism really matters, and they must do so as they are they are experiencing overt and subtle racism in many parts of their lives. Some people of color might want to choose to have conversations where white people’s racial skepticism is consciously expressed. But it would not be fair to expect people of color to endure this.

This is a workshop for anyone in the who believes racism still exists and has questioned how to approach the topic of race with other white people in their communities. For more info, check out this website: https://www.whiteallytoolkit.com/

RSVP REQUIRED

If you are unable to pay the $10 cost for the training please contact Muz, muz@seuplift.org, (503) 232-0010 ext 319, for information on how to obtain a scholarship to cover the cost of attending the training.

*Contact Muz at muz@seuplift.org or call (503)232-0010 ext 319 if you require special accommodations.

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Urban Weeds Workshop

From East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District:

Date: Wed, May. 9
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Woodstock Community Center
Address: 5905 SE 43rd Ave., Portland, 97206

Weeds – we all have them. Come learn how to identify the most common garden and landscape weeds along with some of the other more notorious plant invaders of the region. We will walk you through how these aggressive plants take over in your yard and provide some simple yet effective tips that will help you get the upper hand without turning to synthetic herbicides.

Space is limited. To register, click here.

Neighborhood Small Grants for 2018

Neighborhood Small Grants support projects that empower and involve community members to shape and create their neighborhoods.  Are you interested in grants for our community?  From now until January 8, 2018, interested parties can submit grants for funding ranging from $300-$4,000, with over $24,000 available total!

There will be two in person workshops on November 8th and November 18th. To register please click here!  If you are unable to attend a workshop, they will also be hosting two online webinars for interested community members on November 16th and December 5th.  To register for the November webinar please click here. For the December webinar please click here.

Applications are due by 4 PM on Monday, January 8, 2018. Applications can be submitted by email, mail, or dropped off at the SE Uplift Office. Email submission is preferred.  For more information, visit Southeast Uplift’s website.

FREE Naturescaping Basics Workshop

Brought to you by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, these FREE workshops show participants how to create low-maintenance, low cost landscapes that conserve water, prevent pollution, and create healthy habitat for local birds & wildlife.

Naturescaping Basics
Saturday, 10/21 from 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Woodstock Community Center – 5905 SE 43rd Ave
Learn to create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, and saves you time, money and energy. Get natural gardening & design tips that mimic nature, and make your garden a healthy place for people, pets and wildlife. Class covers native plants that thrive in the PNW, and other core naturescaping concepts.

FREE Rain Gardens Workshop

Brought to you by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, these FREE workshops show participants how to create low-maintenance, low cost landscapes that conserve water, prevent pollution, and create healthy habitat for local birds & wildlife.

Rain Gardens 101
Saturday, 10/7 from 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Trinity United Methodist Church – 3901 SE Steele St.
Learn how rain gardens add beauty and color to your yard while helping restore the health of urban streams at the same time. You will get step-by-step details on how to plan, design and build your own rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.

FREE Native Plants Workshop

Brought to you by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, these FREE workshops show participants how to create low-maintenance, low cost landscapes that conserve water, prevent pollution, and create healthy habitat for local birds & wildlife.

Native Plants
Wednesday, 9/27 from 6:00-8:30PM
Woodstock Community Center – 5905 SE 43rd Ave

Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants! Discover Portland’s most common native plant communities, learn which species do well in similar growing conditions, and get tips to help them thrive. A slideshow will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of local favorite native ground covers, shrubs and trees.