Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Announcing the 2011 Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizing Training Program

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 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 and CTWO (Center for Third World
Organizing) at 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,

Catalyst Project

Amie Fishman, Ari Clemenzi, Becca Tumposky, Chris Crass, Clare Bayard, Ingrid
Chapman, and Molly McClure


NegroGato said...

As someone who worked with Anne for over 20 years and was on staff at the KY Allaince for 2 years? I am wanting to understand the connection to the ground breaking work she did as an organier in the South relates to a training in California? Who developed this curriculum? Not being critical but inquisitive? Why wouldn't this involve organizers who live and cut their teeth in Southern consevative states? Why would it not occur in the South?
Did Anne construct this training?

Chris Crass said...

Thanks for posting this announcement about the Anne Braden Program to this website. As for the question about how it relates to a training in California and who developed it, let me say a little about that. Catalyst Project, which I'm a member of, is a Bay Area based movement building and political education center that has been heavily influenced by Highlander in Tennessee. Anne Braden is someone who we deeply respected and were influenced by as younger generation white anti-racists. We wanted to make this white anti-racist organizing training program after her, both to honor her and the movements she has been part of, but to also give an example of the kind of white anti-racist organizing the program is developing and rooted in. We went through a process of talking with people at the Braden Center, the Kentucky Alliance, and Highlander about naming the program after her. With blessings from a wide range of people, we named it after her. The program is based in the Sf Bay Area, but it trains organizers from around the country, including the South. We bring in a lot of lessons of anti-racist organizing in the South through writings, and guest speakers (Carla Wallace spoke in the last round of the program for example).
I hope this gives more context. Thanks for the questions.