In The Time of Trump, Build Power in Targeted Communities

February 3, 2017

  Dear friends, family, and comrades, We at Catalyst are reeling from the last couple weeks, like many of you. As the new regime moves quickly in its attacks on so many of our communities, at home and abroad, we are working with our allies to understand what is happening and develop strategies to respond […]

Join Us To Disrupt Trump’s Inauguration and #GrowTheResistance

January 20, 2017

  Dear Friends, Catalyst Project is in DC and San Francisco today taking action to amplify and support frontline leadership fighting to #GrowTheResistance. Will you join us? Please share these requests with your friends, family, and networks! Love, Everyone at Catalyst — Right now more than 70 grassroots feminist leaders from the front lines of movements for climate, gender, indigenous, […]

This is the time to deepen our work. Help us do that.

December 31, 2016

Dear Friends, As 2016 comes to a close, we fortify ourselves for the struggles ahead. Daily we are seeing new appointees and legislative proposals that feel unimaginable. And we are also seeing a building wave of response, as many people are rising up and taking action, from the tens of thousands of students who have […]

Reportback from Philly Braden Program

December 27, 2016

For the first time, Catalyst is running the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizing Training Program outside the San Francisco Bay Area. We wanted to experiment with training a cohort of organizers in an under-resourced area, where a strong group of white anti-racist leaders could have magnified impact. Philadelphia is a majority-Black and extremely poor city, with […]

Act now! 2 local ways to demilitarize communities

December 20, 2016

Bay Area Friends, The Stop Urban Shield Coalition is pushing hard to block the Urban Shield weapons expo and SWAT-type training for law enforcement that is hosted annually in Alameda County. On January 10th, we will be mobilizing for an important Board of Supervisors meeting in which the Sheriff will be seeking funding for Urban […]

Aleppo: with grief, take action

December 17, 2016

Dear Catalyst Community, We, perhaps like you, have been feeling overwhelmed, grief-torn, and helpless about the cresting violence in Syria. After months of a siege that has starved civilians, this week’s final military crushing of eastern Aleppo has left many in the US confused about how to show solidarity with Syrian civilians under the gun. […]

Curricula From V4BL Event

December 13, 2016

Dear friends, On December 2, Catalyst held a “Solidarity with the #Vision4BlackLives” study event in Oakland with 275 people eager to learn and strategize about ending white supremacy. We raised $3500 for local groups in the Movement for Black Lives network, and participants identified concrete ways to help build Black political power through the policy […]

Mapping Anti-Racism Organizing

December 6, 2016

As an 8-person, mostly volunteer collective, Catalyst is proud of the anti-racist work we accomplished this year. In 2016 we: Launched the Philadelphia Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program, a 6-month intensive with 26 organizers Spent 4 weeks leading anti-racist trainings in Arkansas and Mississippi Spent 2 weeks in Kentucky training people working toward a just, sustainable […]

why you should not call the cops

December 1, 2016

Dear Friends,  Trump called himself the ‘law and order candidate’. He’s vocally supported “stop & frisk” policies that target Black and brown communities. His ‘first 100 days’ plan includes expanding federal funding for local police, federal law enforcement, and federal prosecutors.  And he’s promised to have the Attorney General investigate Black Lives Matter protestors for criminal […]

Migrant Justice Support

November 29, 2016

Dear Friends, In this moment of assessment and recalibrating, we continue to look to the leadership of those who have been and will be most impacted by racist and violent attacks. See below on how to join migrant justice organizations Movimiento Cosecha and National Day Laborer Organizing Network in their calls to action and organizing steps forward. In […]