October 2015 - About 35 representatives of Intertwine Alliance partner organizations, along with a few other wonderful friends from Seattle and beyond, gathered for a 2.5-day workshop led by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training from Oct. 21-23 at the beautiful Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in the Columbia River Gorge.
With participants representing the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Meyer Memorial Trust, Portland Parks and Recreation, the City of Portland, Friends of Tryon Creek, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy and several others, the retreat was a profound experience in learning more about institutional racism and how our coalition, acting collectively, can begin to dismantle it. With a wide-ranging history lesson showing the racial power structure of the U.S. from its founding until now, and an engaging study of what culture, race and white power are all about, participants left with a set of principles and tools for creating change.
The work of dismantling racism in our society is hugely challenging, and progress can seem painfully slow -- but The Intertwine Alliance is committed to being part of the movement to bring equity to our communities.
Thank you to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for sponsoring this powerful workshop.