SURJ Presents Time Wise – Benefit for Quest for Democracy

Click here to go to the SURJ Bay Area event site.

Acclaimed anti-racism author and educator Tim Wise will speak at a benefit to raise funds for Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and All of Us or None‘s statewide mobilization to Sacramento on May 8th – Quest for Democracy Advocacy Day.

Wise has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He is the author of seven books, including his most recent, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America, and his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. His other titles include Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority; Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama; and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.

Wise will speak on The Great White Hoax: Racism, Divide-and-Conquer and the Politics of Trumpism, a presentation that explores the rise of Donald Trump and the way Trumpism reflects longstanding traditions of white racial resentment in America. By placing current politics in a historical context, this talk allows the audience to understand what is new, and not so new about the rise of Trump. Furthermore, this presentation documents the way in which Trumpism is rooted in a common and ignoble history in which monied elites have pitted white working class folks against people of color, while ignoring the real causes of economic and social pain felt by millions. From Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric to his calls for “law and order,” Wise lays bare the intellectual absurdity of the Trump phenomenon, and demonstrates conclusively the way in which it it tied to an implicit or even explicitly white nationalist worldview.

Tickets (available below) are sliding scale $10 – $50, no one turned away for lack of funds. Email info@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions. All proceeds go to Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and All of Us or None to support the May 7 – 8 mobilization to Sacramento.

ACCESS NEEDS: This event is wheelchair accessible. If you have specific access needs, please email info@surjbayarea.org, and we’ll be happy to work with you to accommodate them.

We ask that attendees please refrain from wearing scented or fragranced body products or laundry detergent, to support access for people with chemical sensitivities. Please refer to this resource from the East Bay Meditation Center for more information on what that means. There will be a scent free section of seating offered.

WHEN
April 18, 2017 at 7pm – 9pm
WHERE
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
Google map and directions