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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 […]

Dylan From Standing Rock On Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016

Above: “Indigenous Sovereignty Protects Water” photo from Indigenous Rising Media Dear friends, On this day that has been used to erase violence against indigenous people, I’m writing to you from Standing Rock, where Catalyst Project sent me for the last couple of weeks to support this critical struggle for sovereignty, self-determination, water and life. In addition to […]

What We’re Reading & Actions To Take After the Election

November 23, 2016

Dear friends, The two weeks since Trump’s election have been difficult, and things are moving fast.  This is a time for action, and it’s also important that our actions and strategies are based on a clear understanding of what our political, social, and economic landscapes look like and how they got this way. Today, we’re […]

M4BL Platform Event Reminder

November 23, 2016

                    #Vision4BlackLives Study Session & Potluck Dinner Facebook Event here Get your tickets here (Please get them soon, we expect to fill up! This event will raise funds for local M4BL groups ) Friday, December 2, 5:30-9pm Lake Merritt United Methodist Church 1330 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland Join Catalyst […]

Trump, White Supremacy, And The Road Ahead

November 11, 2016

Dear Friends, Although we did not want to believe it was possible, Trump was elected. We are angry, frightened and heartbroken.  The terrain has shifted, and the reality is we already knew our work was cut out for us. Of the people who voted, the majority of white people voted for Trump, regardless of age, […]