Calling all adult allies in the Bay Area: Shakti Butler will present her new film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity to YOUTH on March 9th. Will you help us spread the word & help us fill our event with future leaders? This event is designed specifically for young people age 13-24, light refreshments will be served and the event is FREE, Reserve tickets for youth leaders here. Cracking the Codes Youth Film/Dialogue Event: Saturday March 9th, 1-4pm with Filmmaker Shakti Butler and Spoken Word Artists Jelal Huyler and Rhummanee Hang Location: Eastside Arts Alliance 227 International Blvd Oakland, CA Space is limited, this event is first-come-first-served Reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite. Spread the word on Facebook. “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” – Franklin Roosevelt
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Seattle, WA — Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, a new racial equity documentary, visits Seattle as part of its multi-city tour with a film & community dialogue event on Wednesday, March 13th in the Campion Ballroom at Seattle University. Click here to view the trailer. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. The film includes moving personal accounts that illuminate the system that perpetuates structural inequity. The film features 23 leaders in the equity movement including many from Seattle including Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Ericka Huggins, Connie Heller, Humaira Jackson, Yuko Kodama, Ise Lyfe, Suzanne LePeintre, Tilman Smith and Tim Wise. A critical mass of stories is supported by original music by recording artist Amikeayla Gaston and spoken word by Oakland Poetry Slam finalist Y. Jelal Huyler. “Cracking the Codes is designed to deepen and shift the framing of racial disparities in this country,” said Shakti Butler, PhD, director of the film and founder of World Trust Educational Services in Oakland. “The current conversation is not only shallow, but actually harmful. When we talk about solving the issues of violence and poverty, we often… Read more »
The accompanying Conversation Guide for Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity is now available on the World Trust website for download. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity, a system that is embedded in our history and culture, driven by power and economics. The system of racial inequity has internal components–bias, privilege and internalized racism–that influence external relationships that are interpersonal, institutional and structural. The film is designed to be viewed and discussed! We invite you to gather your friends, family and colleagues to view the film together and talk about it. Consider downloading the accompanying Conversation Guide to support your dialogue. The accompanying Conversation Guide helps viewers to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes, and pre-judgements by providing structure for equal opportunity learning and capacity building. Download the Conversation Guide here.
Shakti Butler, founder of World Trust, was interviewed on KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio on December 12, 2012 to discuss her latest film Cracking the Codes: The System of Inequity. In this interview she discusses the structures in the United States that continue to perpetuate racial inequity, the history that has influenced our current system as well as the need for a new way to frame the discussion on race. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity addresses this need for a framework to discuss racial inequity by using the World Trust Frame of Inequity (see image below.) The film seeks to promote conversation and deep understanding of the systems in place that continually impact our worldview and to inspire viewers into democratic action. Listen to the full interview here.
Shakti Butler’s latest film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Inequity has already been presented in community film/dialogue events in Chicago, Boston and Oakland. Each event has brought together people from different backgrounds to have open and honest dialogue about race and the systems that perpetuate inequity. One of the attendees from our Boston premiere was so moved by her experience that she featured Shakti and Cracking the Codes on Interaction Institute’s blog. She says, “In my own racial justice work, I struggle with how to create and facilitate conversations that help people to both learn about racial justice AND get inspired to continue the conversation and continue the work together. I’ve been in too many anti-racism trainings in the past that have left me as a white person feeling guilty and paralyzed…Shakti Butler’s new film is one tool that I think can help jump start some productive conversations.” Click HERE to read the blog post!
Shakti Butler’s interview on CBS Bay Sunday that aired this past Sunday in honor of the Oakland premiere at the Grand Lake Theater TONIGHT!
Ise Lyfe, hip hop and spoken word artist and Tilman Smith, teacher, activist both reveal how our educational system fails to serve everyone equally in Section Three “External Relationships.”
Aeeshah Clottey, Co-Founder of Attitudinal Healing Connection Inc., describes an uncomfortable situation that made her feel like “speaking was not the right thing to do,” featured in Section Three “External Relationships”
Tim Wise, anti-racist activist, essayist and author, describes how unconscious bias still persists even in the “age of Obama,” featured in Section Two “Internal Components”
Connie Heller, donor and activist with the Linked Fate for Justice describes her firsthand experience with personal bias, featured in Section Two “Internal Components”