: Safer Spaces, Anti-Oppression, and Anti-Sexual Violence Resources

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Organizations that facilitate trainings

  • Visions, Inc - Based in Roxbury, Vision, Inc, provides diversity trainings and consultancy for organizations.  Visions "believes that multicultural organizations and communities can be created and nurtured by eliminating racism, sexism, ageism, classism, heterosexism, anti-Semitism, adultism, ableism, violence, and other forms of power imbalances and internalized oppression.  Grounded in an African American tradition, our aim is enable individuals and organizations to move from diversity to multicultural equity. Our mission is to create environments where differences are recognized, understood, appreciated and leveraged for equitable benefit of all members of a system or group and where all can perform to their full potential."
  • Community Change, Inc - Community Change is a Boston-based non-profit that provides anti-racism education and consulting, including long-term consulting with organizations, workshops, multicultural audits of organizations, and speakers, panels, and films.  Their "mission is to promote racial justice and equity by challenging systemic racism and acting as a catalyst for anti-racist learning and action. CCI makes visible and challenges the historical and ongoing role racism plays in the institutions that shape all of our lives. We focus particularly on involving white people in understanding and confronting systemic racism and white privilege."
  • The Aorta Collective - The Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance "is a collective of trainers devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. We work as consultants and facilitators to expand the capacity of cooperative, collective, and community based projects through education, training and planning. We base our trainings on an intersectional approach to liberation because we believe that true change requires uprooting all systems of oppression."
  • Non-Violent Communications Boston - NVC Boston provides mediation and training to organizations, seeing "nonviolent communication (NVC) as a way to contribute to more connection and harmony in the world. Through workshops, classes and ongoing empathy sessions they provide people in the Boston area with opportunities to learn how to use language to connect and re-connect."
  • White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action - This course is regularly offered through the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.  "Examine the impact of white privilege and how being unaware of that advantage helps perpetuate racism. We'll discuss short readings and share everyday situations in which we did not speak up against racial bias. Using role-playing, we'll develop effective ways to respond. While everyone is welcome, we'll focus on the role of white people in dismantling racism and building a just society. You'll develop specific plans for challenging racism in your workplace, organizations, community, and personal circles, as well as be encouraged to find other people in your life who can provide support and serve as allies in your efforts"

Links and Resources

Example Safer Space and Anti-Oppression Policies

Vera Kelsey-Watts,
Oct 28, 2012, 6:12 PM