It is impossible to grow up in this country without being affected by racism, so deeply is it embedded in our culture. Nevertheless, many of us wish to free ourselves of the hold racism has over us and learn to ally ourselves effectively with people of color. An upcoming pair of trainings entitled “How to be an Ally with People of Color,” led by educator/activist Dr. Johnny Lake, will help us develop key knowledge and skills to work effectively across racial and cultural boundaries, as well as showing us how to actively address racism.

The two half-day trainings, sponsored by the First Congregational Church and Oregon PeaceWorks, and co-sponsored by Oregonians for Peace, will be held from 1-5 p.m. on February 11 & 25, 2017 at the church, 700 Marion St. NE. Participants will get the most benefit from attending both. Thus, in case there is greater demand than can be accommodated, preference will be given to people who register for both sessions. A $10 donation is requested for each session, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Although pre-registration is not required, organizers expect high demand for these workshops so pre-registering, by visiting, is highly recommended. For more information, visit: