To our friends and family in the movement for justice,
We are excited to announce that applications are now available for our third Anne
Braden Anti-Racist Organizing Training Program, which starts up February 2011! The
last two programs were a tremendous success built on the love and labor of lots of
people in our community. Many of you helped us with the crucial work of recruiting
participants, which is why we are writing you now.
As you may know, the Anne Braden program is designed for white social justice
activists and organizers who are looking to grow in their skills, analysis, and
practice. It’s not a series of “101” style workshops, but a leadership development
program intended to support already-politicized white activists in becoming more
effective, historically-grounded, and accountable anti-racist organizers, leaders,
and multi-racial movement builders. We are particularly looking to recruit
working-class, Jewish, women, LGBT and queer-identified participants, members of
movement organizations, and organizers working in anti-war, environmental, global
justice, New Orleans solidarity efforts, and working class-based justice struggles.
White activists who don’t fit the above descriptions, but who have experience
working for social justice and are looking for a rigorous political education and
organizing training program, are encouraged to apply as well.
We are asking you to pass along these outreach materials, and to personally
encourage anyone in your life who you think could benefit from the program to apply
by October 1st. The program runs from February through July 2011. Applications are
available now on the Catalyst website www.collectiveliberation.org. You can also
download a printable copy of the following information on our website as well.
For anyone looking for programs who train organizers of color, we encourage you to
check out and promote the work of our allies at SOUL (School of Unity and
Liberation) at schoolofunityandliberation.org and CTWO (Center for Third World
Organizing) at ctwo.org. Together we are working to train up leaders and organizers
to build the movement we need for collective liberation.
In other news, we are excited to share that we have two new Catalyst collective
members. Ari Clemenzi joined this past April, and Becca Tumposky joined this past
July. We're excited to have them both in the collective.
Thank you for all the ways you are bringing more justice into this world and for the
ways you support Catalyst’s work for collective liberation!
With gratitude for our community,
Amie Fishman, Ari Clemenzi, Becca Tumposky, Chris Crass, Clare Bayard, Ingrid
Chapman, and Molly McClure