Saturday, February 09, 2008

Hi I'm shannon and I use "she." I was thankful that this was the only thing asked to share in our first go round of the Anne Braden program. Of course that statement is easier for me to make in a room of 45 strangers than for others here.

Up to this minute that I found myself sitting in 522 Valencia, my anti-racist organizing experience totaled some participation in the campaigning against anti-affirmative action legislation while I was in college, attendance of some "CAR W" meetings (Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites) the year after I graduated, organizing community forums for artists of color, and a long and frustrating struggle to bring liberation politics into the all-ages music organization I helped to start in Seattle, that was and is mostly white.