Fall 2021 Racial Equity Training for White Folks

A Collaboration Between Celestial Alegría + the SURJ Denver Education Team

SURJ Denver is raising funds now to offer this training to 2 cohorts starting in September 2021

Denver SURJ’s Education Team is excited to begin a new fundraising effort that will support Celesté Martinez of Celestial Alegría in developing a 10-week intensive political education and racial equity training this September for White folks in our community. This program will allow our community to virtually come together to do the deep work we need to do to recognize how colonization and racism work together to perpetuate white supremacy. Each week, participants will receive content that allows us to identify where white supremacy shows up within ourselves and others, and gain tools to disrupt and confront it.

These weekly sessions will be delivered and facilitated by Denver SURJ’s Education Team, and the groups will at times collaborate with past participants of Celesté’s Confronting Anti-Blackness in Latinx Communities program — figuring out how we can work together to support the Reparations Network.

During May and June, we will work to reach our fundraising goal of $7,000, 100% of which will go directly to Celestial Alegria as payment for developing this curriculum. Any additional funds raised will be used for scholarships to help defray costs for fall workshop attendees. Look for posts and other social media content as the fundraiser progresses!

Please join us in furthering the crucial work of confronting and dismantling white supremacy, supporting Black and Latinx consultants in this work, and helping all of us to lay the stones of the foundation for a racially just world. SURJ Denver is not a 501(c)(3), so 100% of donations toward the $7,000 will go directly to Celestial Alegría. You decide how to donate! 

1. Donate through Denver SURJ’s fiscal sponsor El Centro Humantario’s page (please add a note “For Denver SURJ Ed Fundraiser” — this donation is tax deductible)
Their Colorado Gives page
Their PayPal

2. Donate to @surjdenver on Venmo (please add a note “For Denver SURJ Ed Fundraiser”). NOTE: any funds donated via Venmo will be transferred to El Centro monthly. While this method is easier, because it does not go through El Centro, it is not tax deductible, and you will not receive a donation letter or receipt from El Centro.

3. No matter what, please share this information widely with your network. Thank you!

4. Follow Celestial Alegría on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram

We’ll have more information soon about the 10-week racial equity training program. For now, if you want to support local BIPOC leaders, please consider donating today and sharing this information with your friends and networks. 

We welcome group fundraisers! Special thanks to Lora Bird, proprietress of Honestbird Tattoo, who has already raised $1,100 for Denver SURJ. All funds raised will be going toward this effort!

Thank you from your DSURJ Education Team!

 – Amanda, Kate, Julia, Mylene, Jamie, Liz and Leanne