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Criminalizing the act of protesting

July 19, 2017

The criminalization of dissent is escalating. Legal attacks against social movements are not new, but the current scale of what we are seeing is deeply troubling. Here in the Bay Area, there are three cases of protesters being taken to court, and nationally there are deeply disturbing cases including 211 people each facing 8 felony charges and […]

Black Land and Liberation on Juneteenth

June 19, 2017

Dear Catalyst community, Today on Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the abolition of slavery, Black people across the country will be taking back land and reclaiming space, from vacant lots to empty school buildings. These actions are about the broken promises of reparations, and about where wealth comes from – who has benefited and who has been […]

On Memorial Day, Vets Against War

May 29, 2017

I’m writing to you from About Face, the first national direct action training camp for veterans of the post 9/11 era against militarism. This is a powerful collaboration between two organizations we’ve worked with for years: The Ruckus Society provides direct action tools and training for grassroots people’s movements, and Iraq Veterans Against the War is […]

Oscar López Rivera is free!

May 25, 2017

On May 17, thousands of Puerto Ricans gave a hero’s welcome to their longest held political prisoner, Oscar López-Rivera, released after more than 35 years in U.S. prisons. Convicted of seditious conspiracy – conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government – Oscar is widely regarded as Latin America’s Nelson Mandela, who also was imprisoned for decades for […]

Sneak Peek at the Convening!

April 20, 2017

I’m writing to you from the historic Highlander Center, looking out on the foggy view of the stunning Smoky Mountains, and feeling so grateful to be here at “Organizing to Win: Building Anti-Racism in Poor and Working Class White Communities” (which 900 of you recently donated to!).  As each new person arrives from their long drives […]

Oppose Trump’s Strikes and War Budget

April 19, 2017

Alongside people around the world, we are reeling in the wake of Trump’s escalated attack against Syria; his saber rattling against North Korea; and dropping the MOAB – the so-called “mother of all bombs,” largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat- on tunnels in Afghanistan originally funded by the CIA. The suffering of people subject […]

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 […]