Anne Braden Program

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

Catalyst Project launched the Anne Braden Program in 2008 and since that time we’ve offered 5 rounds of this intensive organizer training program. More than 150 Braden alumni are engaged in anti-racist organizing and movement-building across North America. The next Anne Braden Program will begin February of 2019.

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.

Participants in the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program:

  • Learn about systems of oppression and privilege in a collective liberation framework 
  • Develop an understanding of white supremacy along with patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism, imperialism, anti-semitism, the gender binary system and the state
  • Learn about histories of resistance and liberation, and about movements today
  • Learn about organizing and develop organizing skills
  • Gain grassroots fundraising skills
  • Volunteer in racial and economic justice organization based in working-class communities of color
  • Receive mentorship and anti-racist leadership development

Click here to read our comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions.

Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Length: 4 months, February through May 2018
Cost: $0-$3,500, sliding scale based on income

Applications are open for the 2019 Braden Program. Click here to apply!

The READING LIST for the 2015 program is here. (And if you are looking for the previous readings, from the 2013 program, they are available here.)

Who is Catalyst Project?

Catalyst Project is a center for political education and movement building based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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.

Who was Anne Braden?

Anne Braden was a white anti-racist organizer and leader in racial justice movements rooted in communities of color in the South, including the Civil Rights Movement.  She brought a working-class based socialist analysis and community-organizing model to the struggle of rooting out racism in the hearts and minds of white people, and worked from the perspective that white people have a self-interest in dismantling white supremacy.  Anne Braden’s legacy as a white anti-racist organizer has deeply inspired Catalyst Project and many of our comrades. In naming our program after her, we hope to honor her memory and the movements of which she was a part.

Click here to listen to a radio show about Anne Braden and an interview with Catalyst Project staff member Molly McClure about the Anne Braden Program.

For more on Anne Braden check out the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.