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SURJ Dialogue Circles: Beyond Policing
Dialogue Circles are a space to self-educate and think as a community about accountability and action. We will use these spaces to develop greater self-awareness, literacy, and accountability in order to show up with more integrity to the movement work in which each of us is involved. We will also investigate larger patterns and systems of racism including white supremacy culture, intersections of race, class, and gender, and practices of allyship.**

An outgrowth of previous Western MA SURJ dialogue circles, this round will be facilitated using Beyond Policing, a curriculum created by SURJ MN. Together we will explore the history and harm of the current policing model, envision alternatives to the current model, and build accountability and support with one another around taking action and shrinking police power.

Please complete this application to join the dialogue series! The first dialogue is Sunday, February 4, 2018. Because we are building a learning community and developing trust to be able to go deep into these topics, we ask that people only sign up if they are seriously committed to showing up to EVERY dialogue. It's okay if you end up having to miss one. Please think about if you're able to commit to showing up before you fill out this form. As part of building community, we often meet in people's homes. It is not a requirement, but if you are willing and able to host, that would be welcomed. The dates are:

Sunday February 4, 2018, 3-5:30 pm
Sunday February 11, 2018, 3-5:30 pm
Sunday February 18, 2018, 3-5:30 pm
Sunday February 25, 2018, 3-5:30 pm
Sunday March 4, 2018, 3-5:30 pm

If for any reason you would rather have a conversation with one of the facilitators rather than filling out this form, please feel free to email Britt at Please reach out to Britt or complete the form by January 28th.

** We'd like to credit the White Noise Collective for sharing their model and description text with us. Thanks for inspiring us to create our own dialogue circles in Western Mass!

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