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Calling In Workshop

  • OISE 252 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1V6 Canada (map)

Back by popular demand: A “Calling in” Workshop with SURJ Toronto
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“Calling out” is an empowered interruption of violence and common in many progressive circles. It’s great because it demands accountability. The problem is, it also involves shaming, dehumanization, alienation and it inadvertently creates a culture of fear. In other words, calling out is useful for fighting "enemies" but it is not useful for building communities.

“Calling in” is another option. It demands accountability while valuing the connection between all of us. It cultivates dialogue, patience, and compassion (when compassion is the hardest). It isn’t right for every situation, but when it is, it has great potential to increase understanding, right injustice, heal hurts, and deepen trust.

Come explore and practice the skills and scripts of calling each other in. This event is open to all.


Karen B. K. Chan is a sex and emotional literacy educator in Toronto. BK has taught and written about sexuality and emotional intelligence for over 20 years. BK is dedicated to having conversations that are real, transformative, and kind. BK's work can be found at


This meeting will take place on land that has been used for centuries by the Anishinabek Nation, nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Senecas, the Huron-Wendat, and Petun First Nations. This land is presently stewarded by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Thursday February 21, 6-9pm


OISE (252 Bloor West; St George TTC), room TBA
OISE is wheelchair accessible.
Snacks, coffee, and childminding will be provided.
If you have additional accessibility requirements, please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate.

As with every SURJ event, there will be opportunities to move money to local racial justice initiatives.

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Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) Toronto is a local chapter of an international organization committed to moving white people and communities into action to support racial justice movements as part of a broader multi-racial majority. As settlers on Indigenous land, we commit to working towards decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty. We work to support and collaborate with local and national racial justice and decolonization organizing led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) organizers.

Through each of our active teams, SURJ Toronto will provide spaces to develop consciousness and analysis, engage in political education, and build skills to act with accountability for racial justice alongside BIPOC-led organizing. SURJ Toronto aims to carry out this mission within Toronto and beyond, with a specific focus on issues and action related to the GTA and Canada more broadly.

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