The Race and Civic Engagement Dialogues are held in partnership with Looking Back, Moving Forward and the League of Women Voters of Thurston County. These conversations offer space for leaders and activists to come together and discuss racism and race relations within our communities. Previous special guests have included: Chico Herbison, Erin Jones, Mustafa Mohamedali, Denise Matayoshi Miño, Lee Lambert, and Kim Sauer. We examine ways to create positive change and achieve justice in our society.
Our past event commenced with our featured speakers describing their personal experiences with racism in the United States and how they’ve transformed their own pain into a way to empower themselves and others. Afterward, the panelists were gracious enough to participate in subsequent break-out discussions. In these smaller groups, the attendees were able to speak more freely about their encounters with racial prejudice and exposure to systemic racism.
Drawing close to eighty participants, this event was a great success and APIC-SPS is looking forward to continuing these difficult conversations as our society becomes more cognizant of the need for change and the importance of addressing the generational trauma of discrimination and marginalization in our communities.
APIC-SPS holds a cultural workshop on the second Saturday of each month. Go to our events tab for information on the next one!