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!
As our November 8th Oakland showing of Cracking the Codes is fast approaching, people are getting excited and spreading the word! Check out this post from Blog Our Oakland and don’t forget to purchase tickets, available at the Grand Lake Theater
Our multi-city film/dialogue tour is in full swing and over 1200 people have already engaged on the topic of systemic inequity with our new film. Now Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity is getting ready to return home to Oakland, November 8th at 6:30pm at the Grand Lake Theater. The film is supported by a critical mass of stories and is anchored by this framing of the self-perpetuating system of racial inequity, narrated by Oakland Poetry Slam finalist Y. Jelal Huyler. “Most of us, if we admit it, feel pretty stuck and helpless when it comes to addressing racism. It’s the social ‘third’ rail that we either avoid, collide with or both–without much guidance or support. Cracking the Codes is an important breakthrough in helping to turn this around. Part story telling, part toolbox, this project deftly portrays the complex interplay between the personal, institutional and systemic. It is an invaluable resource for anyone who has ever wondered how to get this conversation started–and keep it going.” -Makani Themba-Nixon, Executive Director of the Praxis Project CRACKING THE CODES SHIPS TODAY Now with Spanish subtitles, English subtitles for the hard of hearing, and downloadable conversation guide, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity ships today to communities across the country. Featuring 23 leaders in… Read more »
After a SOLD OUT presentation and enthusiastic participation from the city of Chicago and co-sponsor DePaul University, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity continues its multi-city tour in Boston, October 23rd and 24th and Oakland, November 8th. In honor of our successful world premiere, we are sharing a new clip from the film, featuring Aeeshah Clottey, Co-Founder of Attitudinal Healing Connection. This clip is featured in the external relationships section of the film which examines interpersonal, institutional, and structural systems in place. Dr. Shakti Butler, film producer and director says, “We are thrilled Aeeshah was able to collaborate with World Trust on Cracking the Codes. As Co-Founder of Attitudinal Healing Connection in West Oakland, her mission is to build peaceful, loving communities through creative and educational programs. Her skills in personal development, community leadership and the arts brings a fresh perspective into the film and her sense of humor brings joy.”
In this clip author and speaker Tim Wise examines the complexities of unconscious bias in the current “age of Obama.” In this clip Tim also mentions Project Implicit, a test created by researchers at Harvard and other universities to test implicit association. Visit Project Implicit. Click “Demonstration.” In the list of demonstration tests look for “Race IAT.” Dr. Shakti Butler, film producer and director says, “In this clip Tim talks about the pervasive role of unconscious bias in maintaining the system. By acknowledging the impact of unconscious bias we can begin making strides towards healing.” A PRE-SALE PRICE $350 $199 will be available until the end of October. Purchase includes a six-month subscription to Racial Equity Learning Modules.