Stopping the Cycle of Oppression: How Our Early Hurts Perpetuate Injustice
No person is born agreeing to oppress others or be oppressed. Young people have an innate sense of justice. We entered the world clear about our significance and ability to make things go well. It takes the systematic mistreatment of young people for us to doubt our goodness, thinking, or power to ensure justice for all. To interrupt the cycle of oppression we will need to recognize how we were hurt and commit to heal from internalized messages of discouragement, helplessness, or powerlessness. Giving up, waiting, or resentfully going it alone are no longer our only options. When we reconnect to our inherent human capacity to heal, we can and will stop the cycle of oppression.
- Understood how young people’s oppression and its effects leave us vulnerable to perpetuating the cycle of oppression
- Begun to recognize what our patterned responses to unhealed hurts are and how these patterns don’t take away from our innate human goodness
- Learned a theory of change that describes our human healing process
- Experienced the power of healing in community using LJIST’s core listening practice
- Deepened understanding of LJIST’s core theory of social transformation and its application to ending racism
- Have a new lens to understand childhood experiences that we tend to minimize or forget but have shaped our choices and attitudes, even after many years
- Become a more present parent and/or committed ally to young people in our lives
- Be clearer about why healing is central to achieving social justice and how to do the healing work—starting with us
- Understand what it will take and be more motivated to break the cycle of oppression
Who Is This For?
- Anyone who is or ever was a young person (under 21) who has felt dismissed, not seen or believed, or expected to act like an adult
- Anyone who wants to understand why it’s hard to notice or effectively stand up to injustice—and be more compassionate with your efforts, however imperfect
- Anyone who hopes to understand how unnumbing to the effects of oppression contributes to both healing and justice
- Anyone who consistently struggles to take effective action or felt resentful of those who don’t take action
- Anyone who wants to stop acting out—whether aware or unaware—oppressive behaviors towards others
“A just world requires us to heal from internalized adultism that left us feeling discouraged, hopeless, helpless, powerless, and/or waiting for someone else.”
– Nanci E. Luna Jiménez
- Each virtual workshop includes 9 hours of live facilitated content, 3+ hours of asynchronistic learning materials (videos, handouts, and reflection activities), and access to LJIST team via Slack for 2 weeks prior to and 1 week after the workshop.
- Up to 32 participants.
- This workshop is only available virtually.
- Workshops are delivered Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern Each Day.*
*Contact us to book outside of these hours. An “After Hours” fee may apply for workshops scheduled outside of Monday – Thursday 10 am – 4 pm Pacific.
- Attend the workshop in its entirety: all three hours on all three days of the workshop.
- Complete approximately 2-3 hours of pre-work: watching short videos, reviewing handouts, completing reflections, printing or downloading workshop worksheets. This pre-work will be shared no later than 10 days before the workshop begins.
- Complete approximately 30 minutes of homework on the first and second days of the workshop.
- Join the Zoom meeting with video and audio capabilities and do not share the Zoom link with others.
- Agree to our LJIST Limited Media and Liability Waiver in the checkout form.
The following prerequisites are highly recommended:
- Participants attend LJIST’s 3-hour Getting Listened To session, included in the workshop fee.
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Everything was valuable, especially knowing the feelings that have been coming out are my inner child.
The most valuable part of the session was the nature of human beings theory regarding hurt, discharge, restimulations and patterns. This workshop really made it clear to me that “The work” begins with me, inside me, and for me FIRST! I cannot point fingers, I cannot shut down! This theory and explanation was the tool I needed to progress to healing.
Understanding my self, past hurts and area of rigidity helped me to be able to understand why I do things the way I do and empowered me in a great way for healing/change.