August 4, 2017: Exploring Class & Classism

When: Thursday, August 4th 
5:30 – 9:00 pm

Where: BEST Hospitality Training Center (33 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111)

As the political climate has shifted, we must learn how to work better across class, and to lift up the voices of working-class and low-income people who stand to be most affected by the actions of the new administration.

Why is class often so difficult to talk about?
How do the effects of class differences impact our work, our work relationships and our workplaces?
Why is it important to collaborate across class divisions to create more unity, especially in these times?
What is your class story?

Discuss these questions and more at our upcoming open workshop on Tuesday, March 14th. These workshops provide a forum to learn about the effects of class differences and to look at how we all have been affected by class divisions.

Class Action has spent 13 years developing creative ways of asking questions, sharing personal experiences and helping people to engage with issues of class in a meaningful way. Our popular education workshops are highly interactive, engaging and focused on learning from one another in the room.

In this workshop, participants will explore:

  • How class identities affect our lives, our work and our relationships
  • How race intersects with class
  • How we can become more inclusive with others from different class backgrounds than ourselves and why that’s important
  • How we can build community with people from all class backgrounds

If you have been thinking about bringing Class Action to your workplace, group or religious community, this is an opportunity not to miss. You can come and try a workshop to see how it could be useful for your situation.

If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring or if you would like to recieve scholarship funds to attend this workshop, please email us at workshops@classism.org.

Pizza and refreshments will be served upon arrival.

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Facilitators

Denise Mooreheaddenise2

Born into a lower middle class family, Denise Moorehead was raised in Western Massachusetts as an only child for 11 years. Her parents, both “strivers” increased their educational and earning power in conjunction with opportunities previously unavailable to African-Americans thanks to the civil rights movement. They were able to offer Denise dance and instrument lessons, summer camp, French camp and more. As a young child, she was often in the company of upper middle class children in these settings and working class and lower middle children in her neighborhood. Her parents prepared her to fit in with all groups. Today, Denise is a marketing, communications and training strategist working with nonprofits and small businesses as the principal of Moorehead Creative Solutions. She recently cofounded UU Class Conversations, which provides training and organizing support to Unitarian Universalist congregations and organizations working to make the denomination more class-inclusive.

Joanie ParkerJoanie

Joanie grew up in Pittsburgh, the hometown of her parents, with a father who was raised owning class and a mother raised working class. Throughout her life, she was always trying to figure out why some people were left out and others weren’t in society. She decided to become an elementary school teacher to provide an environment where children could feel good about themselves. From there she was trained as a machine operator and worked in a factory for 10 years and was very involved with her union. Over the past 30 years, she has worked in the labor movement and has been actively involved in work to end racism. Currently, she is coordinating a Mentoring Program through the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD). She is also committed to working with individuals and groups on the effects of our class backgrounds and how we can actively work to end classism.


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