Sneak Peek at the Convening!

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 and flights, I can feel the importance of what we’re doing here by gathering to share skills and strategy on racial justice.

I wanted to write you briefly to introduce you to the powerful organizations that are here, and ask you to support them by learning more about their work and donating if you can!

If you haven’t already, please sign up for our webinar sharing stories and organizing lessons from the convening on Friday, May 5th, starting at 2pm PT/3pm MT/4pmCT/5pmET. If you can’t make the time but still want to sign up, we’ll send you the video recording!

Check out this map of organizations who are here at the convening (click on it to access an interactive version). Find organizations in your region or who are doing work you’re interested in and get involved!

Alliance for Appalachia is a regional alliance of organizations that seeks to end mountaintop removal coal mining, halt destructive coal technologies, and create a sustainable, just Appalachia. You can learn more about and donate to Alliance for Appalachia here.

Highlander Research and Education Center serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. We work with people fighting for justice, equality and sustainability, supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work. You can learn more anddonate to Highlander here.

Iraq Veterans Against the War is a national membership organization that works to build a service-member and veteran led movement that ends militarism by transforming ourselves, military culture and American society. You can learn more about and donate to Iraq Veterans Against the War here.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth is a statewide organization working for a new balance of power and a just society. We use direct action to challenge – and change – unfair political, economic and social systems. Our membership is open to all people who are committed to equality, democracy and non-violent change. You can learn more and donate to KFTC here.

Land Stewardship Project promotes sustainable agriculture to develop healthy communities with the values of stewardship, justice and democracy. LSP believes that by working together, culturally and racially diverse rural and urban people can take practical steps that result in greater stewardship of the land, more family farmers, healthy food for all and resilient, racially just communities. You can learn more and donate to LSP here.

McElroy House is a grassroots community-based organization in Pope and Yell counties in Arkansas.  We reach across the divides of racial, economic, religious, and various boundaries within the community and stand in solidarity with other peoples through the interrelatedness of our lived experience. We strive to promote human and ecological equality in rural and small towns where these conversations and solutions are not often found. You can learn more and donate to the McElroy House here.

Rural Organizing Project is a statewide organization of locally-based groups in Oregon that work to create communities accountable to a standard of human dignity: the belief in the equal worth of all people, the need for equal access to justice and the right to self-determination. You can learn more about and donate to Rural Organizing Project here.

Southerners On New Ground is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South. SONG envisions a sustainable South that embodies the best of its freedom traditions and works towards the transformation of our economic, social, spiritual, and political relationships. You can learn more and donate to SONG here.

Southern Maine Workers Center is a membership organization creating a grassroots, people-powered movement that improves the lives, working conditions, and terms of employment for working and poor people in Maine. SMWC believes that we must organize together to ensure our human rights, such as the Human Right to Health Care, and the right to Work with Dignity. You can and learn more about donate to Southern Maine Workers Center here.

Standing Up for Racial Justice believes in collective liberation — and that none of us can be free until we end white supremacy. SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially just society. You can learn more and donate to SURJ here.

Vermont Worker’s Center is a democratic, member-run organization fighting for the human rights of the people in Vermont. VWC seeks an economically just and democratic Vermont in which all residents can meet their human needs and enjoy their human rights, including dignified work, universal healthcare, housing, education, childcare, transportation and a healthy environment. You can learn more and  donate to Vermont Worker’s Center here.

Young Patriots was created in 1968 to organize and support poor white Appalachian migrants in the Uptown area of Chicago. They joined with African Americans in the Black Panther Party, Puerto Ricans in the Young Lords Organization, radical students from the Students for a Democratic Society and others to form the original Rainbow Coalition, a working class multi-racial liberation movement which challenged poverty and police brutality. You can learn more and donate to the Young Patriots here.

With love & gratitude,
Hilary Moore
On behalf of Catalyst Project