2021 Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training Program for white social justice organizers

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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.

Applications are now open for this 4-month program, which will be structured around weekly three hour live webinars, and will include important elements like one on one mentorship, grassroots fundraising training, engaging and challenging homework and readings, exciting guest speakers, transformational facilitation, and inspiring kick ass organizers from all over the country.

Apply Now! Applications are due December 31, 2020, and space is limited. Much more info below. Please help us spread the word to your contacts!

Location: Online

Session Dates: The program will meet most Saturdays and several Sundays from February 20th to June 27th, specific dates detailed in the application.  Unless otherwise noted, sessions are from 2-5pm Pacific/3-6pm Mountain/4-7pm Central/5-8pm Eastern. 

Financial, Family and Disability Access: Childcare and missed wage stipends available for some participants — see details below.  Online content will be captioned and we are committed to doing the best we can to meet other access needs.

Cost: $0 – $1,600. Details on sliding scale are in the application. We are committed to making this program accessible to people regardless of ability to pay, and we are committed to building poor and working class leadership in our movements.

Apply now! The deadline to apply is December 31, 2020.   Applications will you take some time to complete, so please plan ahead!

Background

Catalyst Project runs the Anne Braden Anti-racist Organizer Training Program for white social justice activists and organizers in order to strengthen racial justice vision, strategy, analysis, leadership, and organizing skills in white communities.  This program is designed to support white activists and organizers in becoming accountable, principled and strategic anti-racist change-makers.

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 racial justice leaders as a part of multi-racial movements. We ask 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 6 hours per week in addition to the weekly 3 hour live 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 and practices with your mission and external work
  • Centralizing anti-racism in your campaigns, communications, and membership work
  • Moving from a diversity-based approach to a 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?

This program is designed for social justice activists and organizers with white privilege who are looking to grow in their anti-racist skills, analysis, and practice. Poor and working-class folks, rural organizers, women, LGBT and queer 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.

Childcare stipends and Lost Wages Support

****We will offer full and partial childcare stipends for people who will need to pay for extra childcare in order to participate in the program.

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

More information in frequently asked questions.

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 and organizers 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.