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Welcome to our BRAVE SPACES CONNECTIONS PAGE.
View here opportunities to learn about being Anti-Racist, get involved in Anti-Racism allyship work
and check out our library of resources.
WHAT IS BRAVE SPACES?
Discovering our own complicity in historic, systemic racism is deeply troubling, Brave Spaces was formed in July of 2020 to bring conversation partners together to learn about race theory, to uncover new voices from the past and present, and to live out beliefs more faithfully.
We meet in community to learn and to support each other on a life-long journey of being Anti-Racist. We’re engaging in action and working to move toward increasingly honorable, true allyship. Being an ally requires those of us who have privilege and power to engage in self-reflection, learning, and action to support and to stand in solidarity with those who are experiencing racism in our community. We hope you’ll consider joining us as we move forward into allyship and action.
For more information contact Julie Polikoff, Jane Staller, Sharon Oliver or Sallie Suby-Long.
All are welcome. Stay tuned to learn about future opportunities to learn more about what it means to be Anti-Racist, as well as future opportunities for immersion and action. We will support one another in our learning and actions. We will discuss Anti-Racism Allyship work and share and explore resources. Contact Julie for more information or for the Zoom link.
"We Cannot Walk Alone":
Anti-Racism and Allyship
-A Panel Discussion
moderated by Rev. Dr. Janet Forbes
Watch the recorded event!
Original Event Livestreamed on
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 6:30-8:00pm
Panelists: Rev. Ken Brown, Jordan Lee, M. Garlinda Burton
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY : We will work in Allyship to promote legislation to help dismantle barriers to equity and justice for Black Americans, who continue to face systemic racism in our state and local communities. During Colorado's 2022 General Assembly we learned about how bills become law in Colorado. We prioritized 9 bills for advocacy, and 8 of them passed and will become Colorado law. Click here to see how we helped to improve the lives of people in Colorado, especially people of color. 2022 Legislative Impacts. We would love to have you join our advocacy efforts. All are welcome. Contact Jane. .
Watch Brave Spaces Legislative Pod meeting with guest Eliza Schultz, professional lobbyist "Understanding the Colorado Legislative Process"
Stay tuned for new Immersion Opportunities in 2022
February 5th, we visited the iconic Welton Street Cafe in Five Points to learn about the challenges of operating a small business in this historic Black neighborhood. We also had an opportunity to contribute to their Go Fund me effort to support their move to a new location. We also visited the Black Cultural Museum.
March 20th we traveled to the Jordan Chapel AME church to hear Spirit of Grace gospel quartet perform in concert.
DINNER & DIALOGUE
Collaboration with Trinity UMC and additional partners in facilitated cross-racial conversations. Fall 2021.
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN
STAY TUNED FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN TOGETHER
ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES including BOOKS, ARTICLES, PODCASTS, VIDEOS, MOVIES, MUSIC, etc.
ANTI- RACISM 101 CLASS:
As a group we completed the Allyship 101 Class, a self-study educational program offered by the United Methodist General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR). Cost $39.99. This opportunity is ongoing, and you may engage at your own pace and timing that works for you. For more information contact Julie.
We also had a group book study focused on Layla F. Saad's book, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, Become a Good Ancestor.