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Removing the Guard Rails: Medicine through Relationships
TCMC Race & Class Session: Sat., Nov. 7, 2020, 10:00am-1:30pm
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, many of us are considering what we can do to change systems of entrenched racism, and especially what we can do to change ourselves. TCMC’s “Securing our Future” Task Force has created a 3-part series of race and class discussions called “Removing the Guard Rails” to address these goals. Each session will happen on a Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm, and men who register are expected to attend all 3 sessions. The sessions will be held on:
- Nov. 7th 2020
- Dec. 5th 2020
- Jan. 16th 2021
Each session will allow time for video clips, reflection questions, one-on-one breakout rooms, and full group discussions.
Building on TCMC’s 44 year history of safe, growth-oriented, facilitated groups for men, this will be a 3 part virtual program on Zoom that is open to all men seeking to grow and understand, especially BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) men.
This is an opportunity to learn from each other and from the experienced facilitators. We will address questions like:
- How did you first learn about race?
- When did you first learn you were a member of a particular racial group?
- How did you first learn about class?
- When did you first learn you were a member of a particular class?
- Describe one positive thing that needs to change when it comes to race & class
- What is a proud moment when you think of race and class in your life?
- How do you perceive your own race & class and how is your race & class perceived by others?
We will also discuss statements like: “We will end racism when more people, particularly white people, understand the importance of taking action to intervene and change racialized outcomes impacting people of color in work, personal and structural settings.”
These will be highly interactive sessions and attendees will be asked to put what they learn into practice between sessions, then discuss these experiences at the next session.
If you would like to attend this first pilot program of “Removing the Guard Rails” and can commit to attending all 3 sessions, please fill out the registration form. Attendance is limited, so register soon!
Men Talk -October/November edition now online
Read the official newsletter of the Twin Cities Men's Center online edition. Men Talk, a regional, bi-monthly newsletter features a comprehensive Events Calendar of programs and schedule of support groups, informative articles, poetry, an occasional resource directory, book reviews and other information about special events and news covering men's groups in the Twin Cities. Men Talk has appeared in one form or another since 1977
WE NEED YOUR HELP
The global pandemic has forced TCMC to suspend all in-person activities for the foreseeable future.
These activities were our primary source of income and the loss of this income threatens our very existence. We are an extremely lean non-profit - we only spend money on basics like rent, utilities, and insurance. If we do not raise significant funds very soon, we will be forced to close for good in the next 2-3 months.
Even as we struggle to survive financially, we are working on ways to continue our activities in digital form. But setting this up takes time and money, and even once this is done we know it won't replace all of the money we were able to raise with our in-person services.
The TCMC board has determined the bare minimum we need to continue functioning for the rest of 2020, and we have also calculated the average donation we need from every person who uses TCMC's services. That number is $60 for the rest of 2020. If you are reading this, chances are that TCMC has helped you or someone close to you get through a difficult time. Please consider returning the favor and helping TCMC get through this difficult time with your donation. If $60 for the year isn't in your budget, we understand. Please use the Donate button below to contribute whatever you can afford.
TCMC is in its 44th year and we think you'll agree that there is a need, now more than ever, for us to continue serving the men of the Twin Cities. Please help us to help you.DONATE
Have You Overcome Adversity? Would You Like to Earn $20?
Jane Gilgun, Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is looking for men to interview for research on success stories, stories of men who have coped with and overcome adversities. She pays $20 per interview. She typically does three interviews because she want men to tell me their life stories, and this can take time. The first interview is for men to learn about the research. They will receive $20 for that interview whether or not they choose to be part of the research. If interested, men can text or leave a voice message at 612-237-6126. All are welcome.
If you have an interest in volunteering for TCMC please consider joining a committee. We are looking for committee members for our Fundraising, Outreach, and Support Group Committees. Please contact the TCMC office to be put in touch with committee chair are you are interested in serving.
Fundraising and Contributions Help Needed
Attention TCMC members and supporters, the TCMC Fundraising and Contributions Committee can use your help. If you have an interest or experience in Fundraising and are willing to volunteer some of your time; please contact Damon Starks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCMC is now eligible to receive Choice Dollars through Thrivent Financial!!
Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who's eligible to direct Choice Dollars?
Choice Dollars charitable outreach funds can make a world of difference to the Twin Cities Men's Center! Thrivent's Choice Dollars program allows eligible Thrivent members to recommend where they feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable funds. Directing Choice Dollars to TCMC is easy. Simply go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice®" after the prompt.
Thrivent also has other opportunities to help the Twin Cities Men's Center, but we need to know which of OUR supporters are also THEIR members! If you believe in TCMC's mission and you are a Member of Thrivent Financial, please contact Tom to find out about other ways you can help TCMC through Thrivent Financial!
TCMC joins the Amazon Smile program
The Twin Cities Men's Center is now listed as a charitable organization on Amazon Smile. This means when any Amazon customer who registers with Amazon Smile and selects the Twin Cities Men's Center as their charitable organization of choice, 0.5% of any qualifying purchase will be donated to the Twin Cities Men's Center. You can sign up to help us out at < https://smile.amazon.com/>.
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