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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

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Meeting ID: 941 443 575
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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

ORGANIZATION AND ACTIVISM 101

The Persistence of Discrimination:

Why it Exists, Despite Decades-Old Civil Rights Laws; and How a Multidisciplinary Response By Lawyers, Therapists, Educators, Health Care Professionals, Artists, Community Activists and Journalists Can Help

 Saturday, July 22, 2017

 10am-1pm

All are welcome to this Cross-Disciplinary Seminar that is open to the public and available via videoconference. PDF Flyer; Online Flyer

This workshop provides 3 hours of CEUs for Attorneys, Educators, Healthcare Administrators and Health Care Professionals, Nurses, Psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.

Guest presenter and Bay Area Human Rights Attorney Michele Magar will address the persistence of discrimination decades after enactment of civil rights laws, and how lawyers, therapists, educators, culture creators, and journalists are finding new ways to address it.

We will screen the 18-minute film, The Power of 504, which captures the birth of the disability rights movement when it occupied the federal building in San Francisco for 26 days in a successful effort to force the federal government to issue implementing regulations to a law barring disability-based discrimination.

Michele Magar is a Bay Area Human Rights lawyer and award winning journalist who uses a broad range of advocacy tools to advance civil and human rights.

Cost:  $30 for CEU Credit. $10 donation requested from other participants. CEUs can also be accessed by internet/video conference.

 For more information or to register, contact mail@wisr.edu

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