Building Bridges Series: Unpacking Privilege

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
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Privilege often allows those who enjoy it to choose whether or not to understand the real and deep connection between climate change, environmental and economic destruction, and social justice. In this online discussion on "Unpacking Privilege in a Time of Crisis," we will shine a light on the nature of privilege and some of the obvious and not so obvious ways it shows up in our lives. We will especially shine a light on how it shows up in times of disaster or crisis.

We can become more actively anti-racist, examine "whiteness" or other forms of privilege as a economic and political idea, and the colonizing mindset. Living from a place that's actively engaged in reconciliation, restoration, collaboration, and equity helps us deal with the many ways the world is polarized and divided.  By examining the culture we inherited from history, we heal and build new ways forward together.  We will explore the challenges and blind spots of the privileged, and ways that they can be addressed.  There is a lot of confusion that comes up related to this subject! No question is too basic. Messiness and difficult feelings welcome!  We endeavor to hold a safe space for our collective healing. 
Presenter Bios
AyakoAyako Nagano serves on the Board of Transition Berkeley, and on the steering committees for the Green Leadership Trust, a coalition of green non-profit board members of color promoting equity and inclusion within the environmental movement. Ayako serves on the Social Justice Working Group for Transition US, and was recently appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.
BayoAn academic, poet and philosopher, Bayo Akomolafe has dedicated his life to mediating between the spiritual and the scientific. Raised as a Christian in the hyper-religious Nigerian capital of Lagos, he studied Psychology and then while researching for his PhD spent 7 years lecturing at Nigeria's Covenant University. In 2016, he co-founded The Emergence Network, an alliance of people, initiatives and communities using art, research and ritual to reframe some of the world's interlocking social and environmental problems. First and foremost, though, he is a father. In his book ‘These wilds beyond our fences: Letters to my daughter on humanity’s search for home', addressed to his daughter Alethea, Bayo explores some of life’s most pressing questions related to race, culture and belonging through the lens of fatherhood. By exploring the world at its ‘Aleathean edges', he reminds the reader how wondrous, philosophically and spiritually significant everyday occurrences can be - both when you are a small human discovering the world for the first time, and when you are the adult who helps to guide them on their way.
JulJul Bystrova is a co-founder of the Inner Resilience Network and Director of the Era of Care project, which works with frontline communities. She has a 25 year history of community activism and a thriving private practice in trauma-informed mind-body healing work. She has served as an Interfaith Minister, an academic in Interdisciplinary research and a boots-on-the-ground activist. She writes about cultural healing, social justice and psycho-spiritual topics. She also serves on the Transition US Collaborative Design Council and is a member of the Social Justice Working Group. In 2018, she received the TUS Social Justice award for her support in raising awareness and diversity in the Transition community.

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