2018 Anne Braden Program

Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training Program for white social justice activists

The next Anne Braden Program will begin February of 2018 – applications are due October 1, 2017.

This 4-month political education and leadership development program is designed to support the vision, strategy, and organizing skills of white activists in becoming accountable, principled anti-racist organizers building multiracial movements for justice. The program includes 3 intensive 4-day workshops in person, one-on-one mentorship, readings, research homework, small group support, and grassroots fundraising.  If you’ve been thinking about applying, apply now!

Location: San Francisco, CA (travel stipends,*  childcare,** and housing*** available for some participants — see below)

Dates: 3 four-day weekends:  

  • Feb 16-19 (Friday – Monday, Monday = Presidents’ Day)
  • April 13-16 (Friday – Monday)
  • May 25-28 (Friday – Monday, Monday = Memorial Day)

Cost: $0-$3,500. Details on sliding scale are in the application.  We have a strong commitment to making this program accessible to people regardless of ability to pay, and a strong commitment to building poor and working class leadership in our movements.

Apply here. Applications are due on October 1st, and will you take some time to complete, so please plan ahead!

Program Description

This program is part political education, part leadership development and personal transformation work, and part organizing training.  It’s not a series of “101” style workshops, but a rigorous political education and leadership development program intended to support white activists in becoming more effective, historically-grounded anti-racist organizers, leaders, and multi-racial movement builders. We are asking that applicants already be actively engaged in grassroots organizing work and commit to staying in and reflecting on that work for the course of the program. Participants should plan on spending an average of 4 hours/week of work between the in-person sessions.

Participants in the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program:

  • Develop an understanding of white supremacy as it interconnects with patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism, imperialism, settler-colonialism, the gender binary system and the state
  • Learn about histories of resistance and liberation, and about social justice movements today
  • Learn about transformative organizing and develop anti-racist organizing skills
  • Receive mentorship and anti-racist leadership development
  • Learn tools for anti-racist strategy development, campaigns, leadership development, communications work, and alliance-building

This program is a good fit for people who are trying to build these skills:

    • Organizing white people into more effective racial justice work, and developing other social justice leaders
    • Building alliances with organizations led by people of color and building stronger relationships with organizers of color
    • Moving racial justice from an “issue area” into a centralized strategy and approach to all of your organization’s work
    • Strengthening anti-racist culture in your organization by aligning your internal policies, practices with your mission and external work
    • Centralizing anti-racism in your campaigns, communications, and membership work
    • Moving from a diversity-based approach to an racial justice approach, and having a more historically grounded & systemic analysis of current issues
    • Supporting and building the leadership of people of color in your staff, board and/or membership without being tokenizing
    • Organizing in complicated political contexts, connecting with what keeps you in this work for the long haul, and being able to take more risks for collective liberation
    • Developing racial justice politics and practice that are class-conscious, feminist, and anti-ableist.

Who Should Apply?

The program is designed for social justice activists and organizers with white-skin privilege who are looking to grow in their anti-racist skills, analysis, and practice. Poor and working-class folks, women, LGBT and queer-identified folks, Jews, and members of grassroots social justice organizations are highly encouraged to apply. We will prioritize applicants currently engaged in grassroots organizing in working class communities, particularly around economic justice fights, anti-militarization, climate justice, Indigenous resistance, migrant rights, and work to shrink or dismantle the prison industrial complex. White activists who don’t fit the above descriptions, but who have experience working for social justice and are looking for a rigorous political education and organizing training program, are encouraged to apply as well.  

Click here to read our comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions.

*We will offer full and partial travel stipends for some participants in the program whose organizations will not cover their travel costs. We will prioritize these for poor and working class participants, but may be able to offer partial stipends to middle class participants who wouldn’t otherwise be able to come.

**We will offer onsite childcare for people who live in the Bay Area and stipends for people traveling from out out town who would otherwise need to pay for extra childcare.

***We will provide free community housing for anyone coming from out of town who doesn’t already have a place to stay. We cannot guarantee things like private rooms, but will work with people’s access needs.

Who is Catalyst Project?

Catalyst Project helps to build powerful multiracial movements that can win collective liberation. We organize in majority white sectors of social justice movements with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and helping to build multiracial movements for collective liberation. We do this by creating spaces for activists to collectively develop deeper political analysis, vision, strategy and organizing skills. Our work is based in the belief that all people have a right to dignity, housing, food, healthcare, meaningful work and healthy communities. We organize with the understanding that anti-racism can be a catalyst for challenging all forms of oppression and creating fundamental change.

Apply here.

If you are looking for the readings from past programs, the READING LIST for the 2015 program is here, and the 2013 program is here.