Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training Program for white social justice activists
Catalyst Project launched the Anne Braden Program in 2008 and since that time we’ve offered 4 rounds of this intensive organizer training program. More than 130 Braden alumni are engaged in anti-racist organizing and movement-building across North America. The next Anne Braden Program will be offered starting in February of 2015. Applications are now open through September 1, 2014.
This 4 month political education and leadership development program is designed to support the vision, strategy, and organizing skills of white activists in becoming accountable, principled anti-racist organizers building multiracial movements for justice.
Participants in the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program:
- Learn about systems of oppression and privilege in a collective liberation framework
Develop an understanding of white supremacy along with patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism, imperialism, anti-semitism, the gender binary system and the state
Learn about histories of resistance and liberation, and about movements today
Learn about organizing and develop organizing skills
Gain grassroots fundraising skills
Volunteer in racial and economic justice organization based in working-class communities of color
Receive mentorship and anti-racist leadership development
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Length: 4 months, February through May 2015, 15 hours/week commitment.
Cost: $700-$1500, sliding scale based on income. Solidarity Scholarships available.
To apply: Applications for the 2015 Anne Braden Program will be available on our website starting June 1, 2014, and are due by September 1, 2014.
The reading list for the Anne Braden Program is available here.
Who is Catalyst Project?
Catalyst Project is a center for political education and movement building based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We organize in majority white sectors of social justice movements with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and helping to build multiracial movements for collective liberation. We do this by creating spaces for activists to collectively develop deeper political analysis, vision, strategy and organizing skills. Our work is based in the belief that all people have a right to dignity, housing, food, healthcare, meaningful work and healthy communities. We organize with the understanding that anti-racism can be a catalyst for challenging all forms of oppression and creating fundamental change.
Who was Anne Braden?
Anne Braden was a white anti-racist organizer and leader in racial justice movements rooted in communities of color in the South, including the Civil Rights Movement. She brought a working-class based socialist analysis and community-organizing model to the struggle of rooting out racism in the hearts and minds of white people, and worked from the perspective that white people have a self-interest in dismantling white supremacy. Anne Braden’s legacy as a white anti-racist organizer has deeply inspired Catalyst Project and many of our comrades. In naming our program after her, we hope to honor her memory and the movements of which she was a part.
Click here to listen to a radio show about Anne Braden and an interview with Catalyst Project staff member Molly McClure about the Anne Braden Program.
For more on Anne Braden check out the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.