Direct Address

 A series of panel discussions, interviews, podcasts and webinars offering industry and community support as well as behind-the-scenes insight.

August 14

Addressing Anti-Blackness in Non-Black Communities of Color
facilitated by Mina Morita


All events will be held from 5:00-6:30 pm PST. 
More information on facilitators and panelists to come.
ASL interoperation will be provided.

Previous Direct Address Conversations

Introduction to Accountability with Mia Mingus

In this 2-hour class, Mia Mingus offered a basic introduction to what accountability means as well as guidelines for action steps, from a transformative justice lens. She offered some introductory and contextual basics and core concepts to transformative justice.

Mia Mingus is a writer, educator, and community organizer for disability justice and transformative justice. She has been engaged in TJ work for more than a decade at both the local and national level, specifically focusing on intimate and sexual violence, especially child sexual abuse. 

This session was not recorded but more information on accountability and Mia’s work can be found here

A conversation on the necessary and specific role of white people working towards racial justice. Facilitated by Cal Shakes’Artistic Producer SK Kerastas and featuring guest speakers JD Doyle (East Bay Meditation Center), Toran Ailisheva (White Noise Collective), and Ti Wilhelm (Opportunity Fund). 

A conversation on allyship and anti-racism moderated by Bay Area theater maker and educator Lauren Spencer and included panelists Fresh “Lev” White (Affirmative Acts Consulting), Meredith Smith (People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond), Michael Robertson (artEquity), and Jasmin Hoo (Asians4BlackLives, API Equity- Northern California). 

Actor Safiya Fredricks walks through the process of applying for unemployment as a freelance artist.

Former Artistic Director of Playwrights Foundation Amy Mueller and Cal Shakes HR Consultant Neera Gunn take a deep dive into unemployment and the new CARES Act.

Please note, no one on the webinar is an employee of the EDD or unemployment experts. For the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding unemployment in your state, visit your states EDD website. This video is intended to take the stigma out of filing for unemployment and provide a human perspective to the process. 

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