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Exercise 6.4 – Inner Truth and Accountability

6.4 — Developing our Emotional Capacity – Reducing Ego, Listening to the Radical – (60 minutes)

Materials needed: Police Abolition Script, Barriers to Listening handout, Listening Notes handout, small group question sheets, pens and pencils, and copies of reference articles (as desired)

Purpose of piece: To practice listening in the face of challenging material. To recognize the […]

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Exercise 5.4 – Belonging and Appropriation

5.4 – Developing our Emotional Capacity – Mindfulness Practices – (55 minutes)

Materials needed: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Overview handout, History of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction handout

Purpose of piece: To explore how a spiritual practice appropriated by the U.S. has become commercial, linked with western medicine, and made accessible to those with socioeconomic privilege. Consider our contemporary responsibility.

Say […]

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Exercise 4.4 – Common Humanity and Group Differences

4.4 – Developing our Emotional Capacity – Whiteness and the Body (1 hr 15 minutes)

— DESIGNED FOR GROUPS COMPOSED OF WHITE PARTICIPANTS —

— This section includes two exercises—

— You may elect to use only one if time does not allow for full implementation—

Materials needed: face mask (cut out in the shape of a face with […]

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Exercise 3.4 – Personal Healing and Political Action

3.4 – Developing our Emotional Capacity – Cultivating our Capacity to Receive Critique (1 hour 15 minutes)

Materials needed: Meditation Reflection worksheet. Pens, pencils, crayons, and markers. Dental Hygiene Model of Anti-racism video by Jay Smooth.

Purpose of piece: To expand our capacity to listen and experience gratitude when receiving critical feedback.

Say to group: This exercise will […]

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Exercise 2.4 – Self-Acceptance and Self-Improvement

2.4 – Developing our Emotional Capacity – Resilience against Shame (60 minutes)

— DESIGNED FOR GROUPS COMPOSED OF WHITE PARTICIPANTS —

Materials needed: Our Essential Values handout, butcher paper (5 sheets), markers, post-it notes, pens, writing paper

Purpose of piece: Explore our values, how those values are connected to both racial equity and our personal growth, and how […]

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Exercise 1.4 – Transcendence and Race Consciousness

1.4 – Developing our Emotional Capacity – Valuing and Tolerating Discomfort (50 minutes)

Materials needed: Ice cubes, towels, White Supremacy Culture by Tema Okun handout, half sheets of paper, markers or pens, tape, butcher paper with “Discomfort is good because…” written on it

Purpose of piece: To experience mild discomfort in order to reflect on how we […]

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