601 N. Carrollton
New Orleans, LA 70119
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation. The Institute functions on the belief that racism is the primary barrier preventing communities from building effective coalitions and overcoming institutionalized oppression and inequities. Therefore, it focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone.
Its workshops utilize a systemic approach that emphasize learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gate-keeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism.
It supports ongoing anti-racist efforts in communities, organizations and institutions through the following programs:
Undoing Racism Community Organizing Workshop
Workshops are scheduled in communities throughout the country. They are designed, through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, to challenge participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and to prepare them to be effective organizers for justice. An average of 10-15 groups/month participate in these workshops. A calendar of upcoming workshops is available on the website.
Community Organizing Strategy Team
C.O.S.T. involves long-term technical assistance to participants in the Undoing Racism Community Organizing Workshop as they develop anti-racist community organizing strategies.
Reflection, Assessment, Evaluation Team
R.A.E. helps an organization observe and measure its vision and values with as much energy and commitment as it measures its “objective” goals and outcomes.
This is a collective of persons of European descent who explore ways in which to practice The People’s Institute principles in their personal, social, family and work lives.
The People’s Institute Youth Agenda
P.I.Y.A. identifies and mentors young anti-racist organizers in colleges and in the neighborhoods where The People’s Institute does its work.
The Jim Dunn Center for Anti-Racism Community Organizing
This is a leadership school for anti-racist grassroots organizers, primarily throughout Southeast Louisiana, that facilitates leadership forums, hosts evenings of inter-generational cultural sharing, supports social justice mobilizations, conducts research and sponsors internships for high school and college-age anti-racist organizers in the U.S. and in South Africa.
More information on all of these activities, including calendars of events, is available on the website.
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