SURJ DC is a local chapter of Showing up for Racial Justice - a national network of white people organizing ourselves to stand up for racial justice and combat white supremacy.
SURJ DC's Resilience Events are monthly gatherings that allow white-identified people to caucus with one another and build our emotional capacity for engagement, activism, and resilience. More details on why SURJ DC does this, below.
THEME FOR MARCH: Truth Circle
The Truth Circle (popularized by Joanna Macy) is a community ritual developed via workshop setting in former East Germany on the anniversary of reunification. This ritual holds the space for collective grieving and bearing witness to one another’s pain. Bringing grief and emotional pain to a shared space in this manner has the capacity to build community, strengthen our ability to maintain emotional presence, and clarify intention to work towards collective liberation.
*Please be advised, there may be a journalist coming to the event this month.
WHY HAVE THESE GATHERINGS?
After the police murders in early July, 2016, BLM DMV suggested that SURJ DC provide spaces to “build a culture of emotional processing” for white folks. White folks are experiencing our own set of intense emotions: empathetic grief with people of color in our communities, guilt about the hypocrisy of white privilege, rage at our own people, fear of our collective future, and much more. Folks might also be fearful about ways they might be directly impacted as women, LGBTQ folks, and other intersecting identities.