Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Principles and Practices of Anti Oppression

Principles of Anti-Oppression

* Power and privilege play out in our group dynamics and we must continually struggle with how we challenge power and privilege in our practice.

*We can only identify how power and privilege play out when we are conscious and committed to understanding how racism, sexism, homophobia, and all other forms of oppression affect each one of us.

* Until we are clearly committed to anti-oppression practice all forms of oppression will continue to divide our movements and weaken our power.

* Developing a anti-oppression practice is life long work and requires a life long commitment. No single workshop is sufficient for learning to change one’s behaviors. We are all vulnerable to being oppressive and we need to continuously struggle with these issues.

*Dialogue and discussion are necessary and we need to learn how to listen non defensively and communicate respectfully if we are going to have effective anti-oppression practice.

* Challenge yourself to be honest and open and take risks to address oppression head on.

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