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Not About You

Not About You is a podcast about identity and social justice. I’m the producer and host of the show and I wanted to make a show where a white, straight, cis-gendered man (that’s me) connected with folks with different lived experiences from my own about the ways parts of their identities bump up against injustices. We’ll be talking about race, gender, religion, representation, protests, politics, relationships and more. My hope is that this series leads to more conversation and interaction. I want folks who are hesitant or new to standing in these struggles to feel more comfortable showing up for change and asking questions. I want underrepresented voices to have new ways to be amplified and supported. I’ve set up a voicemail line, 612-361-9261, where you can share comments, suggestions and personal stories of your own. Transcripts of any episode of Not About You are available upon request. Email levi.weinhagen@gmail.com -Levi Weinhagen
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Dec 18, 2016

“When have I assumed shared experience, and when have I discovered shared experience?”

On this episode, Alfonso Wenker talks about using his own practice to be able to do the work of helping others and not making it about him. He explains the minimization mindset, re-centering experiences to preserve comfort and how folks can't get really clear about their own experiences.

Check out the Colorlines blog Alfonso suggests.

Here's where you can download the Reading List for White Folks

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Alfonso Wenker is facilitator, trainer, and philanthropic strategist. He is a total nerd about all things movement-building and philanthropy.

Alfonso fell in love with philanthropy as a nonprofit intern in 2006 and was hired by a LGBT community foundation in 2007 while still in college. He has been engaged in social change work since his early teens. His activism started in doing church-based service work followed by high school and college-campus organizing. Alfonso has a broad range of experience spanning training/facilitation, fundraising, event planning and program development.

He is a queer Latino born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. Alfonso has primarily worked with and for LGBT nonprofits in fundraising and grant-making.

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The premise of this show is simple. I wanted to ask marginalized folks to tell a white guy what question or questions they wish they never had to hear again. They did just that and I had them answer those question, hopefully for the last time.

Also, I've been a comedy writer and performer my entire adult life, so this show is full of jokes.

I’ve set up a voicemail line, 612-361-9261, where you can share comments, suggestions and personal stories of your own that may be used in future episodes of the podcast. If you tell me which episode you’re responding to, that will help me make follow up episodes with voicemail responses. Call 612-361-9261 with your questions, comments or stories.

-Levi Weinhagen

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