Mission and Goals: FREC (the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative) works collaboratively and democratically toward just, equitable, antiracist communities. To that end, our goals are to:
- Create a learning community: We share our knowledge and skills around anti-racism work with other individuals and organizations through our Overcoming Racism Conference and other programs.
- Deepen our understanding of the racial domination system and colonialism. We aim to understand how they generate racist practices and white privilege, impede our efforts for racial justice, inhibit us from talking about race, and how they perpetuate themselves through culture, ideas and institutions.
- Improve our skills in countering racism and organizing for racial justice. We will learn best practices and sound theory to overcome racism, sharing models, skills, tools, approaches, programs, and practices.
- Networking: We use our organizational networks to strengthen and expand our outreach, influence, and effectiveness.
Who We Are: FREC is a loose collective of organizations and individuals committed to overcoming racism in Minnesota. We have a minimal structure, and decisions are made by those who show up. FREC has no legal standing as a non-profit, and Cherokee Park United Church acts as our fiscal agent.
How We Operate: Anyone is welcome to attend our monthly coordinating meeting. The time and location is being changed, and we will post an update by February once we have them confirmed. Meeting participants agree to guidelines designed to engage broad participation, honor differences, and enhance learning and understanding. These are outlined in more detail under “FREC Agreement (2011)”, but they include:
- Keeping an open mind for different approaches and opinions;
- Listening with respect and without judgment;
- Making statements honest and transparent;
- Committing to immediately address unintended racial hierarchies/ interaction patterns that may enter into discussion;
- Providing time for critical thinking and thoughtful decisions;
- Using consensus as the preferred method of decision-making; and,
- In the face of a dilemma or conflict, committing to err on the side of compassion.