Mary Webb Interview on KALX about "Living Room Revolution: The Race Dialogues"

Method to the Madness archive has posted Ojig Yeretsian's interview with Mary Webb from 11/23/18 on KALX 90.7 FM. She talks about the race dialogues that she's hosted four times a year over the past 19 years. Ojig Yeretsian asks brilliant questions. The program Method to the Madness celebrates “the innovative spirit of the Bay Area - we explore the people behind the ideas, the problems they are trying to solve, and what makes them tick. Hosted by producers Ali Nazar and Lisa Kiefer.”

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Dialogues Inspired by Our Dialogues

Here’s a list of different kinds of dialogues to give a sense of the variety of ways people can come together to talk about race.

  1. “Our Dialogue” Dialogue on Race, Racism and Ethnicity in the U.S. Started November 2000 by Mary Webb, we have completed 71 dialogues. We are going into our 20th year with the 72nd Dialogue in November. (Bay Area)

  2. Opening the Mountain

    Started by Ojig Yeretsian approximately 8 years ago. It focuses on building relationships between Armenians and Turkish people. (multiple locations)

  3. Dialogue on Racism (a potluck gathering to laugh, learn and heal.)

    Started by Renée Jones, it has been going for 4 years. (Bay Area)

  4. Sacred Conversations on Race
    Hope UCC had 4 groups that each met 4 times for dinner and discussion. In addition, all groups met together for a kickoff session at the beginning and a wrap up session at the end. This dialogue was intended to be short term and ran 6 months January-July 2016. (Alexandria, VA)

  5. Race Dialogue: Conversation about race, racism and ethnicity in Half Moon Bay

    Started by The Reverend Michael Arase-Barham inspired by screening of “Living Room Revolution: The Race Dialogues” at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Half Moon Bay. The congregation hosted four bilingual dialogues in English and Spanish facilitated by Vicky George and Kate Mayer.

  6. Bilingual Dialogue on Race, Racism and Ethnicity in Half Moon Bay

    Started by Kate Mayer and Fabiola Buenrostro and held at the local library with simultaneous translation.

71st Dialogue on Race, Racism and Ethnicity in the U.S.

71st Dialogue on Race, Racism and Ethnicity in the U.S.

The topic was My Family and Race: What I Learned…What I Taught—Continued. We had a lively discussion on Sept. 8th about the fact that racist families produce racist children and how children break away from the family pattern. The topic for the next dialogue will be Personal Stories About How Racism inspired Change(s) in Your Life. We’re proud of the fact that we’re going into Dialogue 72.

Coming Soon: we’ll list the other Dialogues that are have been inspired by ours. This may lead you to imagine your own Dialogue. And Mary Webb will be happy to help you start something. Email Mary through the Contact Us link and be sure to include your phone number.

Half Moon Bay Race Dialogue/Diálogos de Raza

Conversation about race, racism and ethnicity in Half Moon Bay/Conversación sobre raza, racismo y etnia en Half Moon Bay Saturday, May 19th Sabado, 19 de Mayo Half Moon Bay Library 225 En La Biblioteca South Cabrillo Highway, 104B 225 South Cabrillo Half Moon Bay Highway, 104B Half Moon Bay 6:00pm Potluck, 6:30 pm, Englisand Spanish dialogues/Acompáñenos para una cena (Potluck) y diálogos de raza de Coastside discussion en Español y Ingles


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KPFA Interview

Here's the KPFA interview about The Race Dialogues with Kris Welch that Mary Webb, Karl Debro, Deborah Hailu and Cheryl Cranshaw did on February 20th.

Show about The Dialogues on KPFA, Feb. 20th, 11:00-12:00

Show about The Dialogues on KPFA, Feb. 20th, 11:00-12:00

Deborah Hailu and Karl Debro, Moderators of the Dialogues Against Racism in Berkeley, will appear on The Talkies, Kris Welch's show on KPFA February 20th 11 a.m. - noon. Cheryl Cranshaw, a longtime participant in The Dialogues, and Mary Webb its producer will appear with them. 

68th Dialogue

68th Dialogue

The 68th Dialogue on Race, Racism, and Ethnicity in the U.S. was held on December 2nd. The topic was "What's Race Got To Do With It?"/Sex,Sports, TV, Movies and Love. People springboarded from that topic to discuss how White domination is working at the present moment. Some people felt that White people simply do not want to give up any of the money that goes with White privilege. Other people thought cultural training was one of the most important elements in creating social change. As always, in a large diverse group, people were exchanging their opinions with alacrity. The potluck beforehand helped to bond people. 30 people attended, and we were gratified to see we had 16 women and 14 men. We were very appreciative of those who were attending for the first time. This is the beginning of our 19th year of Dialogues.


64th Dialogue

64th Dialogue

Tonight we'll have our 64th Dialogue on Race, Racism and Ethnicity in America. We'll discuss racism: America's Groundhog Day. 

In the Living Room

In the Living Room

"After 63 Dialogues (16 years of Dialogues), during these tumultuous times, we have decided that people from different cultures need to get together and share food and talk about the serious plague of racism in this country. In addition, we need to learn how to enjoy each other's company. This is what happens regularly in my living room. When people ask me: 'What happens at a Dialogue?' I always say: 'It's different every time.' And that always turns out to be true. We learn as we go--from each other. In the process, we get to eat delicious food from all over the world and to meet people whom we would never meet otherwise.

I urge you to start a small dialogue against racism in your own living room. It will reward you in ways you cannot imagine. It has changed my life."

Mary Webb

Founder of a California Dialogue

63rd Dialogue on Race, Racism and Ethnicity in the U.S.

63rd Dialogue on Race, Racism and Ethnicity in the U.S.

October 22nd we held a dialogue with 30 people discussing "White Cultural Footprints: Seizing Space, Culture and Control." This was our 63rd dialogue over the course of 16 years. One of the responses was the role of compassion in helping people to recognize their racism. In a time of  media saturation before the election, people enjoyed meeting face to face, sharing food and talking about serious national topics.

Message from Hopi Elders

Message from Hopi Elders

"To my fellow swimmers: 

There is a river flowing now very fast.

It is so great and swift, that there are those who will be afraid.

They will try to hold onto the shore.

They are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.

Know that the river has its destination.

We must let go of the shore, push off into the river, keep our heads above water.

At this time in our history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves.

For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over.

Gather yourselves. Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we've been waiting for."



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62nd Dialogue on Race, Racism and Ethnicity

62nd Dialogue on Race, Racism and Ethnicity

We held our 62nd dialogue this weekend and the topic "White Privilege: Heirs and Targets" led to a deep discussion. Some highlights included:

"White privilege is too nice of a term for what it really is." Sanyika

"feeling racism 24/7--360." Renee

"You can be white and have a hard life, but it's not hard because you're white." Clayton

on cultural appropriation "those types of disproportionate experiences happen on a college campus." Jabari

"Seeing when the 'they' is an us--the 'they' within ourselves needs to be checked." Chelsea


Laney College Screening cancelled

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our event this coming Friday, February 19th,  has been CANCELLED.

We'll keep you posted about "Living Room Revolution: The Race Dialogues" events in the future.


Screening of "Living Room Revolution: The Race Dialogues" and Panel Discussion at Laney College on 2-19-16

Screening of "Living Room Revolution: The Race Dialogues" and Panel Discussion at Laney College on 2-19-16

Come to the screening of our film "Living Room Revolution: The Race Dialogues" at the Odell Theater in Laney College (900 Fallon St. Oakland, CA 94607) this coming Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. 

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Karl Debro, Debrah Hailu, Mary Webb, Chancellor Laguerre, and hosted by Rose Aguilar of "Your Call Radio," KALW 91.7FM.

Reception is at 6:30 p.m. and the program is from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Changing the world -- one dialogue at a time

Changing the world -- one dialogue at a time

"People can do anything! If you think up an idea, act on it! Don't let other people talk you out of it.

Tonight is the 60th dialogue. Most of the people featured in the film have been members for a long time. Deep topics are discussed at every dialogue, and we have a lot of fun."

--Mary Webb