Brief History of #OWS Anti-Racism Allies Group
Throughout the first few weeks of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a number of different white people witnessed racism and white privilege being enacted at OWS. These individuals (who wanted to work to address racism within and beyond OWS) began connecting with each other, with the People of Color Working Group acting as a hub for many of these connections.
The #OWS Anti-Racism Allies group emerged in mid-October 2011 and began meeting. Biweekly meetings were established to address both logistics and planning items as well as the ongoing work of self-education around racism and white supremacy. Group participants developed Points of Unity and flyers, which have been circulated through tabling and distribution at events.
The group supported several events in the subsequent months, offering assistance with logistics, security, publicizing, and being an antiracist presence, with accountability to the People of Color Working Group:
1) “The Full 99%: Re-claiming our humanity and building a multi-racial movement,” a day-long training organized by Rachael Ibrahim and Monica Dennis with the People of Color Working Group (10/25)
2) “Day of Healing” organized by the People of Color Working Group with Rachael Ibrahim and Monica Dennis (11/20)
3) “Intergenerational Day with the Council of Elders” (11/20)
4) “Organizing Through A Racial Justice Framework” organized by the People of Color Working Group with Applied Research Center (12/14)
In addition to these events, allies have also acted upon requests from organizers of color for assistance with security at various events.
To receive updates and event announcements from #OWS Anti-Racism Allies, go to http://tinyurl.com/owsallies.
Last updated, December 27, 2011