Braden Program 2018! Apply now

Dear friends,

We are excited to announce that Catalyst Project will be hosting the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training Program for white social justice activists starting in February 2018! The Braden Program develops white anti-racist leaders as part of an overall multiracial movement-building strategy.

Applications are now open for this 4-month program, which includes 3 intensive 4-day workshops in San Francisco, one-on-one mentorship, readings and grassroots fundraising. If you’ve been thinking about applying, apply now! Applications are due October 1st and space is limited.

In solidarity,
Molly McClure
on behalf of Catalyst Project

 

2018 Anne Braden Anti-racist Organizer Training Program for white social justice activists

Location: San Francisco, CA (travel stipends,*  childcare,** and housing*** available for some participants — see below)

Dates for in person sessions: 3 four-day weekends:

  • Feb 16-19 (Friday – Monday, Monday = Presidents’ Day)

  • April 13-16 (Friday – Monday)

  • May 25-28 (Friday – Monday, Monday = Memorial 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.

Apply now!  The deadline to apply is October 1st, 2017.   Applications will you take some time to complete, so please plan ahead!

Background

Ten years ago Catalyst Project launched the Anne Braden Anti-racist Organizer Training Program for white social justice activists in order to strengthen racial justice vision, strategy, analysis, leadership, and organizing skills in white communities. This program is different from previous Braden programs Catalyst ran in the Bay Area because participants don’t need to live locally to attend, and instead will travel to the Bay Area for three four-day-weekends. 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, 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, heterosexism, imperialism, settler-colonialism, the gender binary system and the state

  • 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

  • Learn tools for anti-racist strategy development, campaigns, leadership development, communications work, 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, LGBT and queer-identified folks, Jews, 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 around economic justice fights, anti-militarization, climate justice, Indigenous resistance, migrant rights, and work to shrink or dismantle the prison industrial complex. 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.

Travel Stipends, Childcare, and Housing Support
*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 out 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.

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.

For anyone looking for programs who train organizers of color, we encourage you to check out and promote the work of Catalyst’s allies at the School of Unity and Liberation, Training for Change, Center for Third World OrganizingBlack Organizing for Leadership and Dignity amongst many.