Ohio Anne Braden Program 2019

Ohio Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training Program for white social justice activists

The next Anne Braden Program will take place in the Columbus Ohio area starting in September, and applications are due June 3rd.

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. The program includes 3 intensive 4-day workshops in person in Columbus, one-on-one mentorship, readings, research homework, small group support, and grassroots fundraising. 

Location: Columbus, OH area

Dates for in person sessions: 3 four-day weekends: (all days are full 8-hour days)

  • September 13 – 16 (Friday – Monday)
  • November 15 – 18 (Friday – Monday)
  • January 17-20 , 2020 (Friday – Monday, and Monday is MLK Day)
  • Cost: $0-$3,500. Details on sliding scale are in the application. We have a strong commitment to making this program accessible to people regardless of ability to pay, and a strong commitment to building poor and working class leadership in our movements.

Financial, Family and Disability Access: Travel stipends,*  childcare,** housing,*** and missed wage stipends**** available for some participants — see details below. The venue will be wheelchair accessible and we are committed to doing the best we can to meet other access needs.

Apply now! The deadline to apply is June 3, 2019.   Applications will you take some time to complete, so please plan ahead!

Program Description

This program is part political education, part leadership development and personal transformation work, and part organizing training.  It’s not a series of “101” style workshops, but a rigorous political education and leadership development program intended to support white activists in becoming more effective, historically-grounded anti-racist organizers, leaders, and multi-racial movement builders. We are asking that applicants already be actively engaged in grassroots organizing work and commit to staying in and reflecting on that work for the course of the program. Participants should plan on spending an average of 4 hours/week of work between the in-person sessions.

Participants in the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program:

    • Develop an understanding of white supremacy as it interconnects with patriarchy, capitalism, homophobia, transphobia, imperialism, settler-colonialism and the state, and how this should impact our vision and strategy
    • Learn about histories of resistance and liberation, and about social justice movements today
    • Learn about transformative organizing and develop anti-racist organizing skills
    • Receive mentorship and anti-racist leadership development
    • Gain skills for anti-racist strategy development,  leadership development, and alliance-building

This program is a good fit for people who are trying to build these skills:

  • Organizing white people into more effective racial justice work, and developing other social justice leaders
  • Building alliances with organizations led by people of color and building stronger relationships with organizers of color
  • Moving racial justice from an “issue area” into a centralized strategy and approach to all of your organization’s work
  • Strengthening anti-racist culture in your organization by aligning your internal policies, practices with your mission and external work
  • Centralizing anti-racism in your campaigns, communications, and membership work
  • Moving from a diversity-based approach to an racial justice approach, and having a more historically grounded & systemic analysis of current issues
  • Supporting and building the leadership of people of color in your staff, board and/or membership without being tokenizing
  • Organizing in complicated political contexts, connecting with what keeps you in this work for the long haul, and being able to take more risks for collective liberation
  • Developing racial justice politics and practice that are class-conscious, feminist, and anti-ableist.

Who Should Apply?

The program is designed for social justice activists and organizers with white-skin privilege who are looking to grow in their anti-racist skills, analysis, and practice. Poor and working-class folks, women, queer and trans folks, Jewish people, and members of grassroots social justice organizations are highly encouraged to apply. We will prioritize applicants currently engaged in grassroots organizing in working class communities, particularly working on:

  • economic justice
  • fighting war and militarization
  • climate and/or environmental justice
  • Indigenous sovereignty (locally and globally),
  • migrant justice
  • work against policing, imprisonment and surveillance
  • electoral work that seeks to build progressive power in working class communities and communities of color, including ballot initiatives and stopping voter suppression/discrimination.

Click here to read our comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions.

*We will offer full and partial travel stipends for some participants in the program whose organizations will not cover their travel costs. We will prioritize these for poor and working class participants, but may be able to offer partial stipends to middle class participants who wouldn’t otherwise be able to come.

**We will offer onsite childcare for people who live in the Bay Area and stipends for people traveling from out of town who would otherwise need to pay for extra childcare.

***We will provide free community housing for anyone coming from out of town who doesn’t already have a place to stay. We cannot guarantee things like private rooms, but will work with people’s access needs.

****We may be able to offer missed wage stipends for people who will not be able to participate in the program without them.  

Who is Catalyst Project?

Catalyst Project helps to build powerful multiracial movements that can win collective liberation. 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.

If you are looking for the readings from past programs, the READING LIST for the 2015 program is here, and the 2013 program is here.