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Defecting from Supremacy Participant Page

Welcome! This page is for registrants in our Summer, 2020 Defecting from Supremacy course. Please do not share this page with anyone who is not registered for the course. You are welcome to share specific homework materials, but not the link to the page – which will include links to recordings as they become available.

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Homework Assignments: 

Important Information

Homework: Homework materials for August 16, 23 & 30 and September 13 & 20 will be posted below. Please allow a minimum of 1-2 hours for homework per session. We ask that everyone engage with the study materials section prior to each session. We also encourage participants to engage your physical, emotional, and creative body in deeper learning and healing through the additional practices (designed by Topher) related to the theme of the coming session. We ask that you choose at least one of the practices each week that seems particularly valuable to you. More are encouraged if/when you can find the time. There will be a chance for participants to reflect on their experiences with these practices during our live sessions but you will not fall behind or be excluded if you haven’t done them. In the first live session, Topher will give more context as to why we believe this holistic approach is essential in the struggle for collective liberation. 

Recordings: Recordings of each live session will be available 2-3 days after it takes place. Links to these recordings will be posted at the top of the homework assignment for the corresponding session. Recordings, along with the participant page as a whole, will remain accessible through Dec 20, 2020 (three months after our final live session). After this, study materials will be mailed to you as a PDF and session recordings will no longer be available.

Have you visited the Logistics Page for the Course? Please allow 20 minutes to review this page and take the action steps outlined within it prior to the course. Applications for your personal zoom login must be submitted by the end of the day Saturday, August 22, in order to participate in the second live session (applications are approved manually, not instantly).

 

Session One: An Introduction

    

Session Recording (8/16)Watch Here

Chat Log: Read Here

Presentation Slides: View Topher's  /  View David's

Study Materials:

Additional Practices:

(Do at least one of the following exercises) 

Embodiment Practice:

"Mindfulness of Body" Guided Meditation (17 min)

Emotional Intelligence Practice: 

Reflect on Your Feelings and Needs (15-20 min)

Imaginative / Creative Practice: 

Write a "Where I'm From" Poem (15-20 min)

 

Session Two: Historical Context

Session Recording (8/23)Watch Here

Chat Log: Read Here

Presentation Content: Notes from Topher's Talk

Study Materials:

Early Human Cultures, Indigeneity and the Dawn of Patriarchy:

Capitalism, Race, Gender & Religion:

 

Note on Federici piece: "Production" denotes work done by wage laborers. "Reproduction" denotes work done to birth and sustain human life, and, under capitalism, give wage laborers the sustenance to toil for the boss.  

Additional Practices:

(Do at least one of the following exercises) 

Embodiment Practice:

Nature Exploration (20-25 min)

Emotional Intelligence Practice: 

"Exploring and Illustrating Emotions" Guided Meditation (12.5 min)

Spiritual/Imaginative Practice: 

Imagining Yourself as a Benevolent Ancestor (15-20 min)

 

Session Three: Harm Caused & Harm Endured

The following study materials are meant to offer an opportunity to bear witness to the vast harm perpetrated by white men in the past and present while also waking up to the ways that racialized, gendered capitalism has created suffering and disconnection in our own lives. Even though we have separated this content into the two categories “harm caused” and “harm endured,” we understand that there is crossover between them. For example, we recognize the notion that, as Kazu Haga says, “hurting people hurts” on a psychological level as well as the reality that racism and misogyny can distract white men from seeing the real causes of their own suffering under capitalism. 

Session Recording (8/30)Watch Here

Chat Log: Read Here

Presentation Content: Notes from Topher's Talk

Study Materials:

Harm Caused:

Harm Endured:

Additional Practices:

(Do at least one of the following exercises) 

   

Embodiment Practice: Dance and Expressive Movement

  

Emotional Intelligence Practice: Guilt vs Shame

 

Imaginative Practice: Read a Visionary Fiction Short Story

 

Session Four: Cultivating a Renewed Identity 

Session Recording (9/13)Watch Here

Chat Log: Read Here

Study Materials:

Toward a healthy anti-racist identity: 

Toward a healthy gender identity

Additional Practices:

(Do at least one of the following exercises) 

   

Embodiment Practice: Embodied Awareness in Your Daily Activities

  

Emotional Intelligence Practice: Write a Letter of Gratitude

 

Imaginative Practice: Make an Intention Collage

 

Session Five: Taking Action

Session Recording (9/20)Watch Here

Chat Log: Read Here

Study Materials:

Approaches to Social Action: 

 

Getting Involved:

Sharing Resources: 

  • Join us on Mighty Networks to respond (and view others' responses) to Topher's question: What are resources that can help members of this course get more involved to make meaningful change for racial, gender and economic justice?  (Look for a post from Topher with this question in big letters / Click here to read our past email with more information about engaging in our Defecting from Supremacy Mighty Networks Group)

Additional Practices:

(Do at least one of the following exercises) 

   

Embodiment Practice: Take a Solidarity Action

  

Emotional Practice: Practicing a Genuine Apology

 

Imaginative Practice: Letter from the Future