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Get Off The Struggle Bus!

You’ve never known us to hold back. So I’m going to be bold. I’m doing this because I know this struggle intimately. It comes in the form of barriers that sound like… I don’t have energy or time I can’t afford it I won’t be able to make a difference I worried y’all. Like, really…
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What the $$$$?

Let’s talk about money This week, I (Rebecca) posted about an upcoming cohort on social media and this was one of the responses: I’m personally not going to attend this seminar. I learned in school and on the news how terrible the white race has been. I choose not to be like that. I’m pretty…
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How Shall We Respond?

Ava Duvernay’s When They See Us is incredibly important for white America to view and process. The mini-series has the potential to draw us to consider who we are in this time. It’s too easy to look back thirty years and think “I would never do that” which had me wondering whether my life exhibits…
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Emerge: Foundations

The Challenge My amazing business coach invited us to a 5-day Share The Love Challenge. This was perfect timing as I’ve been working on a series of posts that will highlight a list of resources that have helped my understanding about race EMERGE. Come check out the first post in the Emerge Series for more…
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Emerge: Where To Find Help

The Challenge My amazing business coach invited us to a 5-day Share The Love Challenge. This was perfect timing as I’ve been working on a series of posts that will highlight a list of resources that have helped my understanding about race EMERGE. Come check out the first post in the Emerge Series for more…
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Emerge: Aural Learning

The Challenge My amazing business coach invited us to a 5-day Share The Love Challenge. This was perfect timing as I’ve been working on a series of posts that will highlight a list of resources that have helped my understanding about race EMERGE. When I was 30, I studied to become a labor doula. I…
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Dysconsciousness

Pacific Educational Group defines dysconsciousness as when I don’t know, but I think I do. When I was a young child, I was misidentified as a Native person by my classmates and they excluded me from group activities because they thought I was Native. At the time, my favorite way of wearing my hair was…
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Sprouted

Sometimes we’ve got to go back to Kindergarten! At the end of our recent event series with the Alliance of White Abolitionists, we planted seeds in paper cups. All week, I’ve been watching and anticipating these little sprouts – and it’s done something to my brain…I’m eager to grow, watching for the things I’m missing,…
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In One Minute

She invited me over. The counter read “how long can you last?” and I sat. Put the headphones on. Placed my hands on the sit-in counter. Closed my eyes. I was transported to the lunch counters. It started with the sounds of a busy lunchtime cafe. People talking, eating, laughing BANG the counter and my…
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Come Find Me Here…

I am excited to partner with White Awake from the DC area for a 2-part Webinar series on Building Local Community taking place August 18th and September 1st, 2-4pm PST. As many of you already know, the mission of JORE Consulting is to liberate all people from white dominance and we believe that building local…
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PPB Incident Updates

This page will host the public updates from an interaction I had with Portland Police Bureau which took place on June 13, 2019 around 6:15pm near Killingsworth and NE 42nd Ave. I wrote about the incident here and will keep most recent updates at the top of this thread.   10/28/19, received an email from…
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Juneteenth

Imagine with me 2.5 years ago Pause here a moment Before reading on What is that thing That has you shackled For the last 2.5 years? Is it illness? Is it debt? Is it worry for your child? Is it depression? Is it addiction? Is it powerlessness? Is it houselessness? Is it fear? Is it…
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Black Women Are Not A Problem

Black women are not a problem. Black women are not a problem. Black women are not a problem. To white people who hold power: study this graphic and commit to never, ever pushing black women out of your organization or watching it happen in your organization. Do not make decisions in isolation but rather stop…
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Abolition

I connect deeply with the prophetic nature of abolition work. It sounds like dreams, yet points toward a vision beyond today. It sounds critically unwavering, yet holds us capable and able of more than we thought possible. It sounds like immaturity, but requires both the imagination of youth and the steadfast experience of elders. This…
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The Only Thing That Matters

Yesterday I attended the Black Voices United Candidate Forum. Maranatha Church hosted this black-led space for candidates for Portland Public Schools Board to answer questions of concern from the black community. This event was organized by Nichole Watson and moderated by Sam Thompson. Michelle DePass and Shanice Clarke — you are both my sheros. I wish both…
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The Myth of “Choice”

Here, before God, in the presence of these witnesses, from this time, I consecrate my life to the destruction of slavery!  – John Brown, 1837 Yesterday I read Kyle Korver’s self reflective piece about his emerging race consciousness. His story models the process of how white people go from centering white cultural norms to an…
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Audiobooks 2019

Dear America: Notes Of An Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown Survival Math: Notes On An All American Family by Mitchell S. Jackson They Called Me…
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Trayvon

All of our cohorts are named after significant locations in the historic and present day racial liberation movement. We launch our next cohort March 12th and it is named M. Gardens for Miami Gardens, the birthplace of a boy whose murder impacted me to my core. I can remember being in the process of our…
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Blank Canvas: 2019

I was a young adult when I first heard the proverb “begin with the end in sight”. With this wisdom at my fingertips, I could will myself past the discomfort of reaching for my goals. Each winter, my family would head into snow-covered woods in search of a Christmas tree. My mom would forge the…
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I Am Them And They Are Me

Again, I loudly say “I am them and they are me”. Today, the impulse of all white anti-racists will be to distance ourselves from this data. We must not do that. Surfacing our individual vote as proof positive of our “solidarity” or “good white person” status is individualism – a tenet of white dominance. We…
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To Parents Raising White Children

To parents of white children, Do your children sit under the authority of black women? I’m not asking about your child having black friends because you moved into (let’s be real, gentrified) a neighborhood where your child could be exposed to black people. Don’t misunderstand the question because of your black family or friends who…
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White Women: We Need To Talk

White women, we need to talk…We need to talk about our addiction to speak, comment, examine, criticize, and enter spaces that are created by and for Indigenous, Black, and Brown people. We are deeply sick. Really. Admit :::: I interject myself into places that are not for me because I seek recognition for my work…
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Beginnings

We hugged and sat down. Sipping coffee she tells me that she can’t understand how our nation elected this guy. I felt her panic and disorientation. She was waking up to a nation she didn’t recognize. I remembered feeling so many of the same feelings years before. The only difference between us was time. White…
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Interconnected

White domination is personal and it is a system. Individual and interconnected. The Dismantling Racism tool Three Expressions Of Racism teaches that there are personal, institutional, and cultural forms of racism. Educating white people on the systemic nature of white domination, by examining institutional racism is necessary. The vast majority of white people have little…
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Feeling Flood

It’s been a flood lately. The barriers breached. Took some time to examine the feelings that have been coming up for me as a white person engaged in abolitionist work to end white domination. What I found was a flood. Still after all these years was having a hard time identifying the feelings and when…
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Not A Straight Line

The other day he was sharing with me how he’d rather take the longer way because the road is straight and flat which allows him to get visual feedback about how much further he has to walk. I’ve often referred to the self-work for white people to abolish white dominance in ourselves as a continuum.…
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Break. Curl. Slough.

I loved spending time as a child on my grandparent’s farm. One of my favorite trees had a thin, papery bark that would break, curl and slough off as the trunk expanded. I remember feeling a sense of sadness for this tree that never seemed to be able to just get a break from this…
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Unicorn Pathways

He called it the racial equity industrial complex. I was struck with the layers of truth in his statement. To create anything within the context of white dominant culture means that which is created will inherit the DNA of white dominance. I’m at fault too. She came to the learning space enveloped in her degrees…
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Evidence

“Winter trees on a north coast headland That drops into Murlough bay Asking mystical questions With the serenity of their gentle sway And I’m fascinated by the mystery Did God peer down then bending Pencil sketch them in the cloak of darkness Or the distraction of the sun descending They are so skilfully shaped like…
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When Did It Begin?

We’ve been talking a lot about boo boos lately. It’s summertime and she is still learning how to play with wild abandon. As a four-year-old black girl, there is a fear in her that is not something I remember ever having. I was her age when my family moved to a small town in eastern…
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Who Is In The Seat?

I watched her walk by and was taken right back to that place when I was Parent Teacher Organization Chair and fighting a private school to make way for families of color. The student demographic was about 75% children of color, about 60%+ of which were black. Looking back, I know that my ego was…
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To Love Oneself

There is no love in upholding and perpetuating white dominant culture. One of the normed lies in the white community that to love oneself is to grab everything we can get our hands on – every opportunity, affirmation, promotion, etc. that we perceive the universe wants for us. James Baldwin wrote in The Fire Next…
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I commit

I continually struggle with taking responsibility for my participation in racism. It has been painful to admit the harm that I bring to my children, my husband and dear friends. Yet, in this I’m violating an agreement I hold to share my perspective responsibly. My perspective lands squarely as a white person which means I…
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