How We See People

How do we see people? How do we see ourselves? Whether we are overvalued or undervalued by society, the ways that we see and are seen are influenced by multiple systems, histories, experiences and institutions.

Our work is to dismantle the stigma of mass incarceration. Therefore, we look at the origins and impacts of implicit bias, internalized oppression, prejudice, fear or discrimination towards people with conviction histories. We need to examine the systems that work to keep us from seeing the humanity in other people – and in ourselves. 

Throughout the year, we offer “How We See People,” to explores the lenses we see through and where they come from. This workshop examines the systems and institutions that shape the ways we see ourselves and others.

Through practice, experience and discussion, we will:

  • Develop a basic anti-oppression framework, especially useful for people who work in prison, with people in reentry, or in nonprofits.
  • Learn and practice specific skills that help us navigate identity and power, whether we are overvalued or undervalued.
  • Discuss how these skills translate to our work and influence how we see people
  • Understand the roots of racism and mass incarceration and how they intersect with other forms of oppression.

By creating a shared understanding of the many systems influencing how we see each other, we can be more skillful in the ways we navigate the system of oppression that exist all around us all the time – that might be obvious to some and invisible to others.

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October 2020

Freedom Project Info Night

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Freedom Project is a non-profit that works to heal the trauma and dismantle the impacts caused by the mass incarceration system. We do work inside prisons, reentry, and the broader community to support the people and communities who are most impacted. Want to know more about Freedom Project and ways that you can be involved? Join us to learn about the people, programs and purpose of this community-directed organization. Learn about our vision and framing, community collaborations and what it…

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How We Show Up: Living Racial Equity Values

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

PREREQUISITE: “How We See People: Anti-Oppression / Mass Incarceration Workshop” Polishing our racial equity lens in ongoing work. The more we do the work, the more we build the strength, resilience and capacity to keep examining our biases, deepening our awareness, and showing up in ways that reduce harm and increase connection. Whether we are overvalued or undervalued by the systems around us, we’ve all got work to do to as we take our awareness of our social identities into…

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How We See People: Anti-Oppression / Mass Incarceration Workshop

October 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

How do we see people? What’s the impact on others? What lenses do we see through and where do these lenses come from? How are *we* seen? Whether we are overvalued or undervalued by society, the ways that we are seen are influenced by multiple systems, histories, experiences and institutions. This workshop seeks to explain the systems and institutions that shape the ways we see ourselves and others so that we can be more accountable for the impacts: internalized racial…

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November 2020

Freedom Project Info Night

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Freedom Project is a non-profit that works to heal the trauma and dismantle the impacts caused by the mass incarceration system. We do work inside prisons, reentry, and the broader community to support the people and communities who are most impacted.   Want to know more about Freedom Project and ways that you can be involved? Join us to learn about the people, programs and purpose of this community-directed organization. Learn about our vision and framing, community collaborations and what…

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December 2020

Freedom Project Info Night

December 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Freedom Project is a non-profit that works to heal the trauma and dismantle the impacts caused by the mass incarceration system. We do work inside prisons, reentry, and the broader community to support the people and communities who are most impacted.   Want to know more about Freedom Project and ways that you can be involved? Join us to learn about the people, programs and purpose of this community-directed organization. Learn about our vision and framing, community collaborations and what…

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