Undoing Racism®



May 19 – 22, 2016

Join us in New Orleans to commemorate our work and build our future!

Please complete the Registration Application here: 2016 Registration

The registration cost is $520.00 until April 1, 2016.  A non-refundable deposit of $150.00 is included.  Rates will increase to $535.00 on April 2, 2016.

Please Pay the Registration Fee, after you have completed the above Registration Application, here:  Registration Payment.

Registration is not complete until fees have been paid in full.

For questions, please email: reunion2016@pisab.org

What To Expect:

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond founded in 1980 by our current Executive Director Ronald Chisom and the late Dr. James Norman Dunn is celebrating its 35 year history of anti-racist organizing with the people undoing racism all over the country and beyond.  Our collective anti-racist movement will be bringing people together in New Orleans May 19-22 to: strengthen our analysis, learn from each other; and to develop anti-racist strategies.  Our collective anti-racist movement can be felt from Alaska to Florida, from Washington State to New York State; from Minnesota reservations to Mississippi plantations.  During our gathering we will have in depth discussions and work sessions on how to use the issue to strengthen your base.  Issues include Arts and Cultural Organizing; Criminal Justice/Prison Industrial Complex; Education; Environmental, Health Care; Immigration; Local and Regional Governments; and Youth Organizing.  We will also have speakers, panels and networking sessions focused on systems change; effective strategies to implement anti-racist principles in your networking and organizing, and Freedom Schools.  The final evening of the gathering will be a celebration of the Network New Orleans Style with Great Food and Music.  The Closing Plenary will highlight the issues of immigration and housing including perspectives from the Haitian, Asian Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Latino, Native and African communities.  Nationally and regionally know anti-racist organizers and speakers will join us to share their knowledge and learn about the depth and breath of our collective anti-racist movement.


The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. Our workshops utilize a systemic approach that emphasizes 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.

How Can We Undo Racism®?

The fabric of racism is inextricably woven and constructed into the founding principles of the United States. Racism was done and it can be undone through effective anti-racist organizing with, and in accountability to the communities most impacted by racism. The People’s Institute believes that effective community and institutional change happens when those who serve as agents of transformation understand the foundations of race and racism and how they continually function as a barrier to community self-determination and self-sufficiency.

This nation has always reflected rich diversity from the innumerable multitude of indigenous cultures that inhabited and sustained this land prior to arrival of European explorers to our present composition. Yet, unequivocally, whites continue to fare significantly better than all people of color. In our workshops, we analyze power and how it is used to maintain this racial divide, in hopes of achieving equity and equality across all cultures and races.

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"[The Undoing Racism® workshop] taught us to look beyond the surface and really consider the minute workings of systemic oppression, even as they influence our own work culture. The skills we gained will be useful in dialogue, presentations, messaging, and our personal lives and interactions. Moreover, our time with you gave us countless chances to see each other as human, to acknowledge our journeys, and to begin healing across the many divides we have."
- Jarrett Lucas, Soulforce Q, Minneapolis, MN