Finding Myself Beyond White Institutional Culture
We recognize that centuries of oppression have set the context for where we are now, and that oppression manifests in our current systems and spaces. Living Cities’ staff member Julienne Kaleta describes in words and images what it looks like to undo this learned oppression, with a focus on self-restoration and art.
Breath & Body Work as Anti-Racism Practice
Breathing and meditation is a tangible way to bring your whole self into a space. Connecting to feelings and humanity is often considered unprofessional in the work environment, so modeling a connection to self during meetings begins to shift that belief and the culture of numbing staff emotions and experiences.
Ending White Supremacy Culture: A Resource for Reckoning with History
The inequitable systems that we live under were designed by people, so it must be through the day-to-day choices and behaviors of people within systems that we change them. For us, this means practicing our anti-racist values, includes reckoning with history and honoring the labor that got us here.
We hope this resource will allow you to adapt our tools and agenda to reckon with your own histories in the journey toward racial equity.
Zine-making as storytelling and healing
Zines have a long history in building networks, sharing knowledge, collaborating, expression and art. And for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color as well as historically marginalized folks, zines have been a practice of resistance.
Zine-making is one of the activities we have incorporated in our anti-racist practice to resist white supremacist culture. We hope with zine making, we can honor the stories and wisdom that our staff hold.
Shifting Mindsets: Scarcity vs. Abundance
Shifting from scarcity to abundance mindset is the difference between assuming a fixed outcome and trusting that there are endless outcomes. As part of our practice to disrupt white institutional culture, we are becoming more aware of how this limiting mindset prevents us from imagining outcomes outside of the norm or status quo.