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Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites?
- What organizations does CARW work with?
- How do I become a member of CARW?
What is the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW)?
CARW is a group of white people in the Seattle area working to undo institutional racism and white privilege through education and organizing in white communities and active support of anti-racist, people of color-led organizations. We support the self-determination of people of color, honor their leadership and are accountable to people of color-led organizations.
CARW Points of Unity
- We live in a society where white people benefit from institutional power.
- We define racism as racial prejudice backed by institutional power.
- We believe that as recipients of white privilege we have a special responsibility to work towards racial justice on an individual, cultural, and institutional level.
- We work to achieve this goal by educating white communities and mobilizing them to support people of color-led organizing.
- In our organizing, we take leadership from people of color-led organizations and coalitions, and we strive to form accountable relationships among ourselves and with these organizing partners.
- We understand that racism is interconnected with sexism, heterosexism, classism, ageism, ableism, and other forms of oppression. Our goal is to combat these in our work.
CARW is a member of the Defund DAPL Seattle Action Coalition and the Block the Bunker campaign. CARW solidarity groups are working with the Duwamish Tribe, Got Green, BAYAN PNW, and several migrant justice organizations, including Northwest Detention Center Resistance and El Comite.
CARW is an affiliate of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ), a national organization of white anti-racist groups.
How do I become a member of CARW?
Members attend quarterly membership meetings, commit to taking at least one action for racial justice per month, and pay member dues. In 2017, these meetings will be held on January 11, April 19, July 12, and October 11, from 6:30 to 9 PM, at Southside Commons. (New members should arrive at 6:00 for a New Member Orientation.)