Last week in our Beginner’s Making Herstory we had a police brutality workshop. We opened the discussion by writing the names Pearl Pearson, Vincent Chin, and Oscar Grant on the board. We then asked me members if they’d heard of these people before and what they knew about them. Next, we asked members to search the library for any information/books covering these men. Surprise (or maybe not a surprise), our members weren’t able to find ANY information in the Oklahoma Library System. We then had members ask the librarians for help, but were still unable to find much information about these men, AT ALL.
Since we couldn’t find this information in our library system, we turned to the internet for help! Members were able to use their phones to find information over these victims of police brutality. We then discussed police brutality, as well as possible reasons for the information being so difficult to find.
In closing to the workshop we shared our own personal stories regarding police brutality and discussed the Luis Rodriguez case, its impact on our intermediate members, and the impact of police brutality on our emotions, communities, and societies.
Our members described this workshop as “powerful” and mentioned that it reminded them of the White/Male privilege workshop we facilitated a few weeks ago.
Last Thursday we got to have a potluck!! We invited community members to join our Making Herstory space for the evening, eat delicious food, and mingle with our staff/students. We also viewed the documentary “Precious Knowledge” which covers the backlash of a Mexican-American studies program in Tucson Unified School District. We had a quite a turn out and were able to share in some short, yet powerful discussions. We hope more community members and Making Herstory members are able to join us in our next potluck or open meeting! These open meetings are the best way to get to know our staff and students! They’re also the best way to see what we’re all about!
If you are unfamiliar with “Precious Knowledge,” the trailer can be found below.
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“Precious Knowledge” Trailer