Candace Sofia Carnicelli • Michele Dumont • Michael Novick
Sunday, 13 October, 2 p.m.
What are the responsibilities and roles of anti-racist white people in challenging internalized and institutionalized white supremacy in solidarity with Black and other liberation struggles? How can white people call each other in to an anti-racist culture and practice and respond affirmatively and pro-actively to leadership from Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian-Pacific Islander and other people of color movements and struggles? What is the relationship between exposing and opposing organized white nationalist and “”identitarian”” forces, challenging white complicity, complacency and fragility, and confronting racist state-sanctioned violence in solidarity with groups like Black Lives Matter? Three white anti-racist activists discuss their experiences and perspectives on these important tasks and invite feedback, questions and thoughtful inquiry into future directions.
Candace Sofia Carnicelli is a nonviolence practitioner and longtime peace activist. She served for six years as a volunteer producer on KPFK radio’s Morning Review, and is a member of the Topanga Peace Alliance and Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition for Justice and Peace. Candace joined Common Peace, Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence as a volunteer in 1998, and became its Executive Director in 2007. She holds a B.A. in Speech Science, and M.A. from Florida State University in Performance, and was mentored by Rev. James Lawson, Jr., the eminent Nonviolence architect and strategist of the Civil Rights Movement. The power and possibilities of “”nonviolence”” and finding ways to communicate about it is her greatest passion. In 2011 Common Peace partnered with Denise Hamilton, Project Director of Race Relay, a theatrical presentation that creates a safe space for audience members to speak openly and honestly about issues and concerns related to race. In 2013 they began conducting a monthly race relations dialogue circle (entitled Race Relay) at the Peace Center in Culver City. It brings together individuals of all races, based on the belief that “Story is Medicine” – that our individual and group stories when listened to with empathy and compassion can transform ourselves and others. Race Relay continues monthly with an educational and experiential component, a sharing component, an associated film night, and is open to anyone 15 or older. Candace is currently touring her one woman show “”Becoming Peace”, which articulates some of the root causes of racial injustice, and animates some of the ways she and others have learned to be in the struggle for “liberty and justice for all!” (www.commonpeace.org)
Michele Dumont has a PhD in philosophy from Boston University and taught philosophy and Women’s Studies for over 40 years at Mount St. Mary’s University, LA. She has been a long-time member of Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere–Los Angeles (AWARE-LA) and its activist arm: White People for Black Lives (WP4BL), the LA affiliate of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). Now retired, she participates in numerous actions in solidarity with BLM-LA and many other partner organizations, especially in support of families who have lost loved ones to state-sanctioned violence, particularly in Los Angeles County. She is a planner and facilitator of the AWARE-LA yearly institute: Unmasking Whiteness, an in-depth training for white people to explore racism and white privilege with the focus on developing a positive, white anti-racist self-awareness and practice.
Michael Novick has edited and published “”Turning The Tide: A Journal of Inter-communal Solidarity”” from Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) for more than 30 years, and prior to that was a founding member of the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee. He’s a listener-delegate on the KPFK Local Station Board and was previously a member of the Pacifica National Board. He’s active with the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition, IfNotNow (US Jews against the Israeli occupation) and is a board member of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, as well as a coordinator and web-maven for Change Links community calendar. He has worked for many years to abolish police and prisons, and for anti-capitalist decolonization as the road to human liberation and environmental restoration and sustainability. He’s a retired member of United Teachers Los Angeles and was active in its Human Rights Committee. (www.antiracist.org)