This toolkit is a collection of activities, suggested readings and videos to spur a discussion about workers' lived experiences, how to identify and discuss the way racial bias operates in everyday life, and ways to disrupt these patterns to build a more inclusive, equitable society. These resources are meant to help people better understand racial bias and prejudice on a personal level and to understand how organizational practices, institutions and policies reinforce racial discrimination and restrict opportunities.
UNDERSTANDING POWER, BIAS AND HOW RACISM WORKS
|Understanding Power and Privilege||To create a safe but challenging environment to explore power, privilege, and institutional or structural racism.||50||125 min.|
|Understanding and Interrupting Implicit Bias||To learn how to talk about race and racial bias, and practice skills in ways that advance the conversation. Learn and practice a three-step tool to disrupt implicit bias in your workplace and life.||50||45 min.|
|Ally Is a Verb||Through short and creative videos and articles we learn the basics of the racial justice discourse.||15||60 min.|
|Identity Strands Exercise|
This activity allows participants an opportunity to explore identity(ies), identity formation, the intersections of identities and allows participants to understand each other in relation to their experiences and identity.
|Ending Racism to Build Union Power|
The overarching goals of this workshop are to begin the conversation about race and racism from a vantage point of:
|How to Have a Conversation on Race Without Everyone Running Out of the Room|
In this workshop, union leaders, educators and community organizers will present strategies on how to approach the conversation on race when interacting with an audience that holds different opinions.
|The Values Activity|
This activity can bring about an assessment of where your group could grow, where you need support or an area of feedback to share with the national office.
CHANGING LOCAL UNION PRACTICES
|Union Shop Steward Scenario||Raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues.||40||50 min.|
|Diversity of Membership Scenario||Develop ways to be more responsive to union members of color.||50||50 min.|
|Black Lives Matter Scenario||To use a very familiar and practical example of when an officer “accidentally” murders a black man, and gauging how the labor movement should and won’t engage.||50||50 min.|
|BLM and the Labor Movement: Where and How They Are the Same|
To dispel the myths of the Black Lives Matter movement and show the overlap between the labor movement’s agenda and the Black Lives Matter agenda.
IDENTIFYING AND CALLING OUT RACIAL POLITICAL APPEALS TO WHITE VOTERS
|Dog Whistle Politics Scenario and Debrief||To help union members and leaders identify coded racist political appeals, call out politicians who use them, and so inoculate members and the public against their appeals.||50||60 min.|