Catalyst Project Launches

The Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program

For White Social Justice Activists, Spring of 2008

This four month political education and leadership development program is designed to support the political development, skills, and analysis of white activists in becoming accountable, principled anti-racist organizers building multiracial movements for justice. The program will begin in February of 2008.  Application Process closed.

Participants in the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program will…

  • 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
  • Participate in volunteer placements in racial and economic justice organizations
  • Have mentorship and anti-racist leadership development opportunities

Location:     San Francisco, CA
Length:     4 months, 8-12 hours/week commitment
Cost:         $250-500 sliding scale, limited scholarships available

Who is Catalyst Project?

 Catalyst Project is a center for political education and movement building based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are committed to anti-racist work in majority white sections of left social movements with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and building multiracial left movements for liberation. We are committed to creating spaces for activists and organizers to collectively develop relevant theory, vision and strategy to build our movements. Catalyst programs prioritize leadership development, supporting grassroots fighting organizations and multiracial alliance building.

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.