Grieving Orlando

June 15, 2016

Dear friend, Yesterday morning I checked the news groggy-eyed and learned of the massacre in Orlando at  ‘Latin Night’ at the Pulse gay club.  The grief is overwhelming. I find myself unexpectedly in and out of tears. Queer space is sacred.  We owe the fact that there is space for us to go seek community, […]

June Happenings (Events & Organizing Opportunities)

June 10, 2016

Dear Friends,  Join us! Come to a townhall to learn more about stopping Urban Shield, and talk to other white people about stopping police militarization in our communities. Dylan Cooke on behalf of Catalyst Project —- Stop Police Violence & Militarization: Townhall in Berkeley and Canvass in Pleasanton to Stop Urban Shield Urban Shield is […]

Kicking the Klan out of the Mid-South

June 9, 2016

Dear Catalyst Community, Last summer, in the wake of the Charleston murders and the burning of Black churches across the South, we learned that the Ku Klux Klan was planning its annual leadership training camp in my home state of Arkansas, and using the upsurge in white racist violence as a recruitment tool. We quickly […]

7 Resources: Role of Poor and Working Class White People and the Election

May 25, 2016

Dear Friend, This electoral season continues to illuminate the power of race, racism, and xenophobia to divide people and to empower the ruling class. Trump won the Republican party nomination using openly racist, classist and sexist campaign rhetoric.  Meanwhile, the Sanders campaign has highlighted the country’s profound structural economic inequalities.  As a result, there has […]

8 Lessons from “The Future of Solidarity: How White People Can Support the Movement for Black Lives”

April 18, 2016

NOTE: The quotes below have been edited slightly with the speakers’ permission. Please do not use quotes from this piece without directly contacting the speaker and asking for their permission. 1. We need to be working toward a bold and powerful vision for liberation, not just an end to police murder. DEVONTÉ JACKSON: We want to […]

Louder than The Right

April 12, 2016

Dear Friends, On March 5th, Anne Braden Program Alum Sarah Stockholm spoke at the counter-demonstration against militia groups at the capital building in Olympia, Washington. Here is her story of organizing toward collective liberation in a context of white supremacy and extremism. As debates about the role of poor and working class white people in […]

Benefit – Anne Braden’s Legacy: White Activism in the Struggle for Racial Justice

March 31, 2016

WHEN: Thursday, May 12 / 7-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm) Sliding Scale $10-25+. Please pay what you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. WHERE: First Congregational Church of Oakland (2501 Harrison St, Oakland) HOW: Buy tickets here! **Come early, we expect it to fill up!!** Join us for a documentary […]

The Future Of Solidarity Panel

March 5, 2016

Dear Friends, Join us for The Future of Solidarity: How White People Can Support the Movement for Black Lives on March 8th at 7:00p at the First Congregational Church of Oakland (2501 Harrison Street). Don’t live in the Bay Area? Bring your friends, family, and organization together to watch the panel via livestream. This will be a […]

The stakes of this election.

March 4, 2016

  Dear friends, Last night after the primary results of Super Tuesday came in, I could feel myself trying to numb the fear I’ve been feeling for months–the fear that has been creeping into my dreams and flashing before me since Ferguson’s response to Mike Brown’s murder by police sparked the ready tinder of Black love […]

What kentucky meant to me.

February 9, 2016

Dear Friends, In November of 2015, I got the opportunity to co-lead a training in Prestonsburg, Kentucky called “We Are Kentuckians: Tools for Building Racial Justice in the Mountains” with local organizers in Kentuckians for the CommonWealth and Showing Up for Racial Justice members. When I got back to Oakland, I wanted to write to […]