Support Meaningful Race Dialogue, Donate!

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Make a Donation via   Have you seen this message from Shakti Butler, filmmaker of Cracking the Codes?  Watch the two minute trailer to see why we’re fired up about this campaign! What would you give to help more people in this country address the realities of racism? Inequity? Injustice? This is our work. Will you join us? With four staff and a small but mighty team of volunteers, we plan to engage 50,000 more people in meaningful conversation about race and equity over the next year. Please help us reach our goal and donate to the campaign! Donate online to Cracking the Codes: A Powerful Tool for Dialogue About Race in the United States at Razoo

Bay Area Cracking the Codes Events

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This fall there will be several opportunities for folks in the Bay Area to connect with Cracking the Codes through community building and dialogue.  Listed below are all of the events featuring Cracking the Codes. 6pm-9pm September 28, 2013 California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) RSVP 5:30pm- 8pm October 8, 2013 University of California, San Francisco RSVP 6:30pm – 9pm October 23, 2013 California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) RSVP 6:30pm – 9:30pm November 5, 2013 St. Ignatius Preparatory School 7pm-9pm November 6-7, 2013 23rd Annual NAME Conference 11/6: Community Film and Dialogue event CONFERENCE INFORMATION 11/7:  Follow up Workshop

UC – San Francisco Hosts Cracking the Codes

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Open to the Public!  Tuesday, October 8, 2013 – 5:30pm to 8:00pm Location: 513 Parnassus Avenue, Cole Hall RSVP HERE Public parking is available at the UCSF parking structure for $3.50 per hour and also street parking throughout the surrounding neighborhood. University of California, San Francisco is pleased to host Dr. Shakti Butler who will facilitate a deep dialogue and film screening of Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. Dr. Butler directed “The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America,” “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” and “Light in the Shadows.” In her new film and learning program, Dr. Butler asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. With moving stories from racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Harley Eagle, Ericka Huggins, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tilman Smith and Tim Wise. Sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center and is part of 2013 Diversity Month, “Building Community at UCSF.” RSVP SHARE

Shakti Butler Presents at CIIS

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A Bold Dream: Creating a World that Works for Everyone. Dialogue and Film Screening with TLC Alumna and Film Producer, Shakti Butler, PhD. September 28, 2013 6:00pm – 9:00pm Namaste Hall California Institute of Integral Studies 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94103 About the Event: In the United States, race is a divisive issue.  Racial inequities intersect with other forms of oppression that play out in way that are systemically complex and debilitating. Participants will: Engage and practice ways that support community building, inquiry, analysis, healing and collaboration. Better understand how simultaneous elements operate within a system that perpetuates barriers to opportunity through cultural beliefs, policy and practices. Practice generating questions that reveal learning gaps, promote creative problem solving and adaptive leadership. Consider strategies for internal and collective external change in ways that are specific, scheduled and engaging. RSVP Here Event Information Share This Event on Facebook

Cracking the Codes to Support Race Dialogue

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In light of the George Zimmerman verdict, President Obama invited us to convene in homes, churches, and workplaces to talk about Trayvon Martin, Stand Your Ground, and more broadly, racial inequality in America.  As President Obama said, “it is going to be important that we all spend some time soul searching…and at least ask yourself your own questions, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can?…” Film rooted in love and justice, like Cracking the Codes, can provide an honest, heartfelt starting point for conversation. On our YouTube channel, WorldTrustTV, we offer clips from Cracking the Codes to support you as you and others to engage in authentic conversation. One example is this clip featuring Joy DeGruy that has been viewed over 100,000 times. Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy “A Trip to the Grocery Store” Would you be willing to share these clips with your friends, family and networks? Thank you for helping spread the word about these resources, and for all you do to create a world that works for everyone.

MoAD SF Highlights Cracking the Codes

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Saturday, June 15, 2013 – The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) hosted Dr. Shakti Butler as part of their Scholarly Voices from the Diaspora series.  In this presentation youth and members of the community were invited to engage with Cracking the Codes in a safe space conducive to creating dialogue. In response to the presentation, Lovisa Brown, Director of Education at the museum, said, “On behalf of all of us at MoAD, I would like to extend our profound thanks and gratitude for speaking on Saturday as part of our Scholarly Voices series.  It was such an enlightening, emotional, and educational experience listening to you [Shakti Butler] and viewing Cracking the Codes.  The audience participation was electric, and your energy made everyone feel at ease with a topic difficult to discuss in a public or private forum.  It’s rare to feel validated, pinched and hopeful at the same time.  I appreciated your ability to set the environment and create a safe space to share ones thoughts or not.” To learn more about MoAD, please click here. To learn more about our upcoming presentations of Cracking the Codes, please click here.

Cracking the Codes: Empowering Youth and Traveling Worldwide

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World Trust Uses Cracking the Codes to Empower Oakland Youth World Trust is developing a program to prepare our youth to build a more equitable and sustainable world. We hosted our first Youth Event in Oakland on March 9th, featuring spoken word artist Rhummanee Hang and facilitated by Shakti Butler, PhD and Jelal Huyler.  Forty-five participants aged 13-24 engaged with dialogue about the system of racial inequity with Cracking the Codes. Cracking the Codes Visits Norway   Dr. Butler traveled to Norway to offer the conference keynote Paradox & Transformation: Creating a Bold and Equitable Future. This government conference entitled Belonging addressed Norway’s struggles with integrating immigrants into a traditional culture. In less than fifty years, Norway moved from being one of the most homogenous countries in Europe to one with a population that is increasingly multicultural.  Twenty-five percent of Oslo residents, for example, are not of ethnic Norwegian background. Read the Huffington Post article here. These two events are just the beginning of the exciting journey Cracking the Codes will be taking in 2013, engaging new communities in the conversation on race.

Deepening the National Conversation on Race

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Over 4,000 people and 200 institutions have ALREADY incorporated Cracking the Codes into their equity efforts, including: University of California – Berkeley, Harvard Law School, Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Oregon State, and Yale. Our latest community film and dialogue event was held at Seattle University, attended by over 300 participants, with a follow up workshop for faculty, staff and community leaders. Praise for Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity  “[Cracking the Codes] is the most dignified and evidenced response possible to the blithe assertion that we now live in a ‘post-racial’ America.” – Valerie Schloredt, YES! Magazine “We are using Cracking the Codes for faculty, staff and student training.  Requests for additional sessions keep on coming.” -Sonja BasSeva Manjon, Chief Diversity Officer, Wesleyan University “Excellent! What can I say other than ‘hat’s off’ to Shakti Butler and this outstanding resource.  This will aid our campuses in advancing the conversation.” – Greg Roberts, Executive Director, American College Personnel Association

SEATTLE SCREENING CHANGE OF VENUE

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The Seattle Premiere of Dr. Shakti Butler’s new film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity is TONIGHT  When: 6pm – 6:30pm Music Cracking the Codes: 6:30pm-9pm Where: VENUE CHANGE! Due to overwhelming response, this even has moved to the Pigott Auditorium Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University.  Located in the Pigott Building, 1017 E. Marion St. Click here to view a campus map. Getting there: Find directions to the campus here.  Parking is available at 12th Avenue and Marion Street.  Seattle University is also served by numerous Metro lines. Tickets available at the door! Come at 6:00pm and enjoy the artistic collaboration of recording artist Amikaeyla Gaston, local guitar magician Michael Powers, and phenomenal wordsayer/poet/producer Laura Piece Kelley. P.S.  You can still register for the day-long Racial Equity Workshop with Shakti Butler and Amikaeyla tomorrow!  Click here. CTC Venue Change doc

YES! Magazine Reviews Cracking the Codes

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Yesterday, Valerie Schloredt of YES! Magazine gave Cracking the Codes a great review calling the film: “The most dignified and evidenced response possible to the blithe assertion that we now live in a ‘post-racial’ America.” Click here to read the rest of the review: http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/film-offers-fresh-take-racism-barack-obama-america