Chalk Talks

A companion to The Teach Out!

Chalk Talks are mini deep dives into a subject intended to deepen our knowledge(s) in response to current events; these help us negotiate every day junctures vital to building stronger communities rooted in justice and freedom.


Come one, come all. Usually chalk talks are one time events. Suggestions for chalk talk topics are always open. Contact us with ideas here!

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Chalk Talk #005: Fomenting Fracas with Fallacies (A Discussion with Firewater &  Finger Foods!)
Thursday, June 23. 7:00-8:00 PST.
Let's talk about MDM (mis-, dis-, and mal- information)! Particularly we will discuss the differences, as well as the role logical fallacy plays in fomenting each. How can we, in basic everyday information literacy, work to combat our own vulnerability to MDM? Eats, drinks, & participation encouraged!
Chalk Talk #005 Format: A 30 minute talk, with slide deck plus active embodied examples with audience participation! All attendees with receive the slide deck as well as handouts to take away at the conclusion of the session, to help them make sense of mis-, dis-, and mal- information, moving forward! RSVP here for the Zoom link!
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Chalk Talk #004: The First Teach Out Cook Out!
Thursday, February 17. 1:00-2:30 PST.
Kawtar and Khmisa are a mother/daughter team who offer online cooking classes from their kitchen in Morocco.  In the class, you'll learn everything about Moroccan cuisine and you'll be welcomed into their family for a traditional Moroccan meal. 
Chalk Talk #004 Format: A 1.5 hour community gathering, hands on, with cooking throughout! All attendees who register will receive a list of materials and groceries; dishes can be made vegetarian or vegan, as per attendee preference! Please register by Tuesday, 2/15, here.
Chalk Talk #003: Racism in Policing: The problem, its origins, its current vicissitudes, and what we do now (A Chalk Talk in Two Parts)
Tuesday, November 9. 5:30-6:30pm PST.
Part One: What is police divestment? Why is police militarization prominent in the US?
Wednesday, November 10. 5:30-6:30pm PST.
Part Two: Who disciplines police in the US? Why are communities over-policed? How can this all change?
Chalk Talk #003 Format: Four 15 minutes talks, each with open group conversation to follow. All attendees will receive the slide deck and resource list within a few days after the talk. RSVP here for the Zoom link!
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Chalk Talk #002: Critical Race Theory: What is it? Where did it come from? Why is it sparking so much news coverage right now?
Wednesday, August 18. 5:30-6:30pm PST.
Chalk Talk #002 Format: 20 minute talk with open group conversation to follow. All attendees will receive the slide deck and resource list within a few days after the talk. RSVP here for Zoom link!

Nathaniel Cline/Times-Mirror; Anti-Critical Race Theory rally, Leesberg, Virginia, June 12, 2021

Chalk Talk #001: Getting Real About Anti-Asian Bias
Friday, March 19. 5:30-6:30pm PST.
Chalk Talk #001 Format: 20 minute talk with open group conversation to follow. All attendees will receive the slide deck and resource list within a few days after the talk.
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Alex Wong/Getty Images - D.C. Rally for Collective Safety, March 2021