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New Book by WISR Alumni

Now Available!

A beautifully illustrated, well-researched book, Dancing for Peace, by the Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project–a history of tribal government and treaty violations by the U.S. to today’s new tribal Constitution. 

The Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project (OTHRP), the designated cultural authority of the Omaha tribe, is conducting a fund-raiser to support their many efforts to educate tribal members and the larger society, to advance the tribe’s interests, and to preserve its cultural heritage.

Anyone wishing to donate at least $10 (half the proceeds to OTHRP, and by OTHRP’s wishes, half to WISR as decades-long collaborating and supporting organization) will receive access to an eBook (4 pdf files), Dancing for Peace (2021).

Access to all four pdf’s may be obtained by donating to WISR and OTHRP, at least $10.00 to the PayPal merchant: mail@wisr.edu –please check the option that the money is for “friends and family” since this the purchase of the pdf’s is a donation to two tax-exempt organizations (WISR and OTHRP who are sharing the donations equally, at the request of OTHRP).

Once you’ve made the donation, please request access to Dancing for Peace from either Margery Cofffey (margerycoffey@yahoo.com ) or John Bilorusky (johnb@wisr.edu) and you will receive a link to access and download the 4 pdf files.

Dancing for Peace takes a look at Traditional Tribal government documented by Dr. Francis La Flesche, Esq., in The Omaha Tribe (1911). It traces both the Treaty era from the Papal Bull in 1493 to the ending of that period in 1872 along with a discussion of the time in which the Treaties occurred and a critical look at their contents.

In 1934 the Congressional passage of the Indian Organization Act (IRA) imposed upon Indian Country, including the Omaha, a cookie-cutter “tribal” constitution that proved inadequate and alien to ancestral governance. Today, most Indigenous Nations have adopted new Constitutions, but not yet the Omaha. OTHRP has compiled a new Omaha Constitution based upon the 2007 Constitution of Ecuador, which reflects the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights. Both this constitution and the UN Declaration are included along with a Traditional Tale comic on Coyote and greed.

This book is copyrighted by OTHRP, and since the pdf’s are eBooks that you have received as a “thank you” for your donation. Therefore, the links accessing the pdf’s and the pdf’s themselves are not to be shared with anyone outside your family or immediate circle of closest friends. That is, you should only share them with others the same way you would loan a paperback book to one of your immediate friends or family members. Since the access to the pdf’s can be obtained for a very modest $10 donation ($10 donation for access to all pdf’s) and since this is an important fund-raiser and source of publicity for OTHRP and WISR, we encourage you to suggest to others, such as coworkers and community/professional colleagues, that they make a $10 donation to obtain access.

Thank you for your support of OTHRP and WISR, Dennis Hastings, Founder/Director of OTHRP, Margery Coffey, Assistant Director of OTHRP, richard chilton, Project Facilitator, OTHRP, and John Bilorusky, President and Faculty Member, WISR.

Dennis Hastings and Margery Coffey earned their MA and PhD degrees at WISR. 

 

 

 

 

WISR Newsletter: January 2021

WISR Newsletter: January 2021 (go to “Read More” and click on link to view)

HUMAN DIGNITY AND HUMILIATION QUARTERLY DIALOGUE

MFT & Interdisciplinary Seminar 

Saturday, January 16th

10am-12pm

Rosa Reinikainen, MFT, WISR Adjunct Faculty, Facilitator. 

We are so fortunate at WISR to be linked in with the global network of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.  Evelyn Lindner and Linda Hartling have dedicated their lives to the important study of these dynamics.  Understanding the dynamics of humiliation is critical to healing from these cycles and restoring our innate dignity.

We live in a highly interconnected world. Humiliation cycles happen in a social, political, environmental, relational and interpersonal level, as well as an internal level.  It is important to look at our participation in these systems. There is escalating social instability, political unrest, violent conflict, economic injustice, and climate change and now a pandemic, which is already increasing and exacerbating existing inequality. There are massive issues with Police murdering 

back and brown people. We are having increasing climate disruption leading to floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and hurricanes. In looking at these dynamics we can create the impetus to design innovative, sustainable, and mutually dignifying solutions to these problems. We will discuss how we can create systems that ensure equal dignity for all. 

This seminar is a discussion about Human Dignity and Humiliation.  It is a ‘come-as-you-are’ discussion, meaning you do not need to have a deep understanding of these ideas.   We have all had experiences that are relevant to the discussion. These dialogues can help create change. Come discuss human dignity and humiliation with me.  

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85437182678

Phone# 669-900-6833 with ID# 854 3718 2678. Please RSVP rosa.reinikainen@wisr.edu or  call 510-655-2830 and provide a phone# in case of technical difficulties.

COMPUTING BASICS

GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION, AND ZOOM

What Students and Faculty Need to Know for These Times!

Saturday, January 30th

10am to 12:00pm

Mark Wilson, WISR’s Learning Experience Designer\Technologian will present a short overview of computer and internet fundamentals for online learners; also, we’ll explore Google’s rebranding of the G Suite for Education to Google Workspace. And Zoom. Please keep a log of your computing challenges to share and discuss.

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85321454020

ID 853 2145 4020; phone# 669-900-6833

For help with technical difficulties call 510 655 2830 or email mark.wilson@wisr.edu or john.bilorusky@wisr.edu.

Prospective Students and Community Learners are invited to attend these seminars.

WISR EVENTS CALENDAR

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Coronavirus Pandemic, Part II

 

Pandemic Stress Reduction Project

Report from the Disastershock Global Volunteer Team

 

Saturday, May 16th

10:30am to 12:30pm PT

Part Two, WISR seminar series on the Coronavirus Pandemic:

Immediate Tasks and the Bigger Picture

Dr. Brian Gerrard, WISR’s Chief Academic Officer and several of his colleagues . . .

The Disastershock Global Volunteer Team consists of 70 members from 22 countries. This international team, formed in April, 2020, has as its mission translating the Amazon book Disastershock: How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disaster into 20 different languages and providing them free to parents, educators and mental health professionals around the world. The team leaders: Brian Gerrard and Sue Linville Shaffer, together with the Chinese team leader – Ning Tang; the Spanish team leader – Damian Gallegos-Lemos; and the New York City team leader – Jacqueline Shinefield, will give a progress report on how their specific sub-teams are helping families to cope with the stress caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. Attendees will learn about the real-world challenges for making psychosocial interventions during a disaster.

To join from a distance use Zoom Meeting ID: 196-243-617  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/196243617 or by phone 669 900 6833. For help with technical difficulties call John Bilorusky at 510 601 8164 or email johnb@wisr.edu.

REV. RICHARD LAWRENCE REFLECTIONS ON BATTLES WITH RACISM Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:00 am-12:30pm

Richard Lawrence' book, Light Bright Damn Near White

Victor Bloomberg, LCSW, WISR EdD Student, and Richard Lawrence, MDiv, WISR Board of Directors, Facilitators. 

In conversation with therapist Victor Bloomberg, author, activist and retired minister Richard Lawrence recently asked, “How is it that I’ve always known that I’m loved and lovable despite all of the abuse that I’ve suffered from racism?” Implicit in Richard’s question is a premise: the power required for emancipation is love. Our dialog is intimate. Intimacy is healing, empowering; and the vulnerability is mutual. Clinical education for psychotherapy attempts to teach methods of intimacy constrained by the Hippocratic Oath. We hope to show examples of non-clinical intimacy guided by the same ethics. Richard and Victor plan to use the seminar conversation and post-seminar feedback to guide their continuing efforts. Their project’s goal is to create short videos that can be used at WISR and in the community to support social justice activists.

This will be the premier showing of an 8 minute video that Richard and Victor produced. In it, Richard shares an incident of racism and imagines turning it into an educational resource to combat racism. The significance of racist injustice is discussed. It is the second video produced by Victor and Richard in the past few months. The first video they produced was shared on the WISR Community Discussion Forum at Google Plus. The theme that ties each video is: “Respect for dignity empowers and emancipates.” The first video provides some context for the seminar. The Youtube  link is: https://youtu.be/jfj6YK6cACA . Following the premier of the second video, the seminar conversation will begin!

Richard Lawrence and Victor Bloomberg co-founded a nonprofit,  “Info Power To The People, Inc.,” in 2004. Its mission is to support the development of  grassroots organizations. Both of them emerged from the historic wave of movements for human and civil rights during the 1960s. Richard’s work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Jesse Jackson in Chicago instilled in him a lifelong dedication to social justice activism. Richard’s memoir is the foundation for continuing conversations between him and Victor. It is: “Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Stories and Reflections of a Multi-Racial Black Man’s Battles Against Racism in America” 

To join from a distance use Zoom Meeting ID 204-739-752, https://zoom.us/j/204739752 or by phone 669 900 6833. For help with technical difficulties call 510 655 2830 or email john.bilorusky@wisr.edu

June is LGBTQI pride month!

This is celebrated in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The Bay area has a plethora of pride events including Frameline Film Festival, Art and Music shows and exhibits, parades, marches, workshops, kids events and so much more Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. The queer contribution to collective human dignity throughout time has gone largely unseen, undermined and unnoticed. These contributions are critical to societies being humane. Queer communities and especially queer communities of color have worked tirelessly to ensure basic human rights while bearing the brunt of racism and homophobia and/or transphobia.  LGBTQI history month is in October, but June is the month to celebrate, educate and stand in pride for queer communities all over the world.

 Although not in June, there will be a Seminar on Queerness on July 28th, 2018 10AM facilitated by WISR Doctoral Student Rosa Reinikainen. Come and learn more about queer experience, history, and contribution to the democracy.

For more information, our most recent events flyers can be found here: https://www.wisr.edu/hot-news/

 

Jake Sloan WISR Alumni April 22, 2018 at Global Hero Round Table in San Francisco

The Hero Round Table is the only conference in the world dedicated entirely to talking about heroism and the people performing heroic deeds. The event invites people from very different backgrounds and walks of life. Like in the famous TED conferences, the speakers present short talks to communicate their core message.
www.heroroundtable.com/sanfrancisco
Jake Sloan, WISR Alumni and Author of Standing Tall: Willie Long And the Mare Island Original 21ers: A Legacy of Courage, Activism, and Social Justice will be speaking at the Global Hero Round Table, hosted in San Francisco on Sunday April 22 at 3:30 pm 

Jake Sloan, one of the youngest of the original 21ers had only begun working as a pipefitter helper in July 1960. Sloan had dropped out of the 10th grade in Richmond and joined the 21ers in his excitement over the Civil Rights movement. Older members didn’t want him to jeopardize his career, but Sloan joined anyway.

After working at the shipyard for almost five years, he returned to school, eventually earning a master’s degree in history at San Francisco State University pursuing a Doctorate in Education at WISR, Berkeley.

After a teaching stint, Sloan opened Oakland-based Davillier Sloan Inc., the state’s largest labor compliance company. His company develops equal opportunity programs for minorities and women in the construction business.

CSSA Salon Series Hosted at WISR Wed. April 25 11 am – 1 pm Lunch Provided

Astronomer Joe Jordan, Director Sky Power Institute, and CSSA Founders Peter Gabel and Michael McAvoy

Topic: CSSA April 25 Salon with Joe Jordan, Astronomer, Director Ecology Action, Director Sky Power Institute

www.socialspiritualactivism.org

Onsite: Lunch Provided
Online: See below

Time: Apr 25, 2018 11:00 AM -1 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/941443575

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +14087403766,,941443575# or +16468769923,,941443575#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 408 740 3766 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 941 443 575
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/bV9EOYhEy

Me Too: Gender Transformation and Global Change

Interview with Torry Dickinson, PhD, WISR Faculty Emeritus

 Thursday, April 5, 6-8pm

 Marilyn Jackson, PhD, WISR Faculty, Facilitator

 We will assemble at WISR to interview Torry Dickinson, WISR Faculty Emeritus, who will videoconference in to talk about the books she has published. She will especially comment on women’s struggles in honor of the Me Too movement.

Dr. Dickinson’s publications include:

Transformations: Feminist Pathways to Global Change;

Democracy Works;

Community and the World;

Fast Forward: Work, Gender and Protest in a Changing World; and CommonWealth.

Please RSVP marilyn.jackson@wisr.edu if you plan to participate by videoconference or phone and provide a phone# in case of technical difficulties.

Log on: https://zoom.us/j/283248761

or call 646 876 9923; 669 900 6833 or 408 740 3766;

Meeting ID: 283 248 761

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