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White supremacy in the workplace- Facts, ideas, action

When liberal whites fail to understand how they can and/or do embody white supremacist values and beliefs even though they may not embrace racism as prejudice or domination (especially domination that involves coercive control), they cannot recognize the ways their actions support and affirm the very structure of racist domination and oppression that they wish to see eradicated ~~ Bell Hooks

Honest attempts to grapple with the complex issue of white supremacy is too often a simplistic effort, fraught with misconceptions, misinformation and long embraced mores.  As often happens in this community, leaders are willing to meet the challenge.   In recent discussions Pollen’s Unraveled Network series has asked white-led organization to “peel back their bias and fragility to dissect how institutional racism and white supremacy are barriers to equitable network building and community engagement.” (https://www.polenmidwest.org)

Pollen has now joined forces with the Twin Cities Daily Planet (http://www.tcdailyplanet.net) to provide a forum for conversation and examination of white supremacy.  The effort is 1) to probe the roots of the ways in which supremacy acts as a system of power, and 2) to collaborate on ways to effect change in the workplace:

The agenda includes two sessions on the topic:

  • Thursday, May 11 – “Confronting White Supremacy in the Workplace,” a discussion with industry leaders whose work and personal experiences have led to changes in organizational culture.
  • Thursday, June 1 – Attendees will share their stories, offer solutions and set an action agenda.

Sessions will take place at the Minneapolis Indian Center, 1530 Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. $25 for both sessions, $15 for each


UPDATE:  Listen to the podcast of the first session here:  https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/confronting-white-supremacy-in-the-workplace-podcast-and-further-reading/

Farmer’s Markets Sprout

Farmer’s Markets are sprouting (to coin a phrase) on every church, parking, and vacant lot, it seems.  It’s great.  What I’m learning in my poking around is about the unique nature of many of these sites.  Thanks to Twin Cities Daily Planet shared penchant for poking around, I’ve had a chance to dig a bit deeper into just a couple – so far.

The Village Farmer’s Market, opening July 12 in my community, is the fulfillment of one woman’s dream.  Wendy Huebner is the dreamer who now has the whole community abuzz.  The VFM will feature a generous array of locally produced vegetables and fruit along with a rich assortment of entertainment/educational programs that range from accordions to jugglers to a talk about the history of cookbooks, with emphasis on delicacies created from locally grown produce.  Details on TCDP.

Another community building market is the fulfillment of Toua Xiong’s dream.  The Hmongtown Marketplace in St. Paul’s Frogtown is the hub of the Hmong community.  The nine-acre site features locally grown produce, much of which is new to oldtime Minnesotans.  The Market also features several restaurants and foodstands, acres of purchasable items ranging from clothing to videos to bubble blowing gear.  Again, details on TCDP.

The summer isn’t long enough to poke around all of the market opportunities, but I’ve got a good start on a most delightful and delicious poke!