BOLD – Building Organizing Leadership Development – returns this spring on Monday, March 6 at 6pm via Zoom with kickoff of BOLD Academy.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, BOLD is how our PJALS community, in partnership with Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR), Hispanic Business/Professional Association (HBPA), APIC, Spectrum Center Spokane, and others, are joining together to fight racism and economic justice in Spokane County!
First, we come together for BOLD Academy. In these five weekly sessions, we learn how racism and economic injustice intertwine to oppress some people and fracture our community, while consolidating power in the hands of the reactionary rich.
Next, we hit the streets! Together we deep canvass across Spokane using our race-class analysis to invite people to join us in our community of action.
This year, we’ll be applying our BOLD analysis to fight against a new jail and for smart justice solutions that keep our community safe through care-driven, proven strategies that invest in the people Spokane.
This will be our 3rd cycle of BOLD, and we are so excited to continue this journey with you. Don’t forget to mark your calendars, and we’ll see you there!
BOLD Academy will take place Monday, March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3. Canvassing dates will be announced at the beginning of the workshop series, to take place in April and May. You can register for BOLD Academy in three simple steps:
Step 1: Take the BOLD Readiness Survey
This survey uses five questions to help you determine your readiness for BOLD Academy. Since BOLD is not a Racism 101-style program, we’ve provided this survey to help everyone determine their comfort and familiarity with key concepts around race and class.
Anyone can take this survey to help determine their BOLD readiness. However, we’re asking everyone who plans to participate in the white caucus to fill it out. This survey is intended to help promote a learning environment where most people are starting from a similar place.
Step 2: Choose your caucus
White people and people of color have work to do separately, and together, to dismantle racism. The first four BOLD Academy sessions are held in race-based caucuses, which will offer specialized learning environments. We commit to come back together to do our shared work.
Everyone should choose the caucus that best reflects their personal racial identity. White people should choose the white caucus, and non-white people should choose the BIPOC caucus. We do not wish to perpetuate historical trauma by policing who is white or non-white “enough.” Instead, we ask everyone to use their best judgment, respecting that the BIPOC caucus is intended to be exclusive to those with lived experience of systemic and structural racism. It is a place for BIPOC people of all kinds to do their own learning: No observers. No allies. No exceptions.
Step 3: Choose your ticket type
There are tickets that provide admission to each caucus, both in person and online. Please feel free to choose the option that is best for you. All scholarships must be arranged in advance.
For the best learning experience we encourage everyone to attend BOLD in person if at all possible, however, some remote participation tickets are available. Online participants will access the workshops using Zoom.
The total number of tickets is limited, and we understand that five weeks is a significant commitment. We ask that registrants commit to attending at least four of the five total BOLD Academy sessions to the best of their ability, but please feel free to communicate with the facilitators about any changes in circumstances, or obstacles to participation. We’ll do our best to accommodate you. Register below to reserve your spot. We can’t wait to be BOLD with you.
Scholarships are available! If the cost is a barrier to your participation, please don’t hesitate to contact Jac at [email protected]