Fighting Racism in Arkansas: Get Equipped with Organizer Chris Crass

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We are very excited to be working in partnership with the newly formed Little Rock Collective Liberation group to bring Nashville-based author and organizer Chris Crass to Arkansas for a series of events engaging participants in anti-racist training and discussions about what it means to work together across wedge issues (see full list of events at bottom of post). These events include a wide range of partners from the Methodist Church to the Arkansas Public Policy Panel. The Boiled Down Juice and our partner project, the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action, are very excited to be a part of this effort.

Crass is the author of the book Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy published by PM Press. Little Rock Collective Liberation group formed out of a community-wide reading of Chris’s book held at the Womens Project in Little Rock.  You can learn more about Little Rock Collective Liberation here. 

Free Event in Little Rock, hosted by Little Rock Collective Liberation

Download the flyer here: Chris Crass Flyer_4

Visit the facebook event page here. 

If you follow our work at the Boiled Down Juice, you know we strive to explore how the past intersects with the present and apply what we learn for building more just futures. We believe that racism, whether it be subtle or overt, is a systemic problem in our communities both urban and rural. It is not the job of communities of color to solve this problem. It is the job of white people, working together, to address racism in its myriad of forms.

We want to extend a personal invitation to all our readers to join us for a  free community-wide event to be held Sunday September 14th at 3:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church at 509 Scott Street in Little Rock. Entitled “Building Movements for Collective Liberation” and “Anti-racist Organizing in White Communities,” this workshop is sponsored by the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, the Little Rock Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, Just Communities of Arkansas, and numerous contributions from individuals in the Little Rock community.

Attendees can expect to gain a better understanding of what anti-racist work is and how they can become more active social justice leaders. Everyone is welcome, especially people new to doing this kind of community-based work. Drawing from his own work with organizations across the country, Crass will call upon participants to explore ways of transforming divisions of race, class, and gender into catalysts for powerful vision, strategy, and movement building in the United States today.

Childcare will be available so parents of young children can attend! Contact Little Rock Collective Liberation to rsvp for childcare and to ensure we have space for all children.

Crass’s visit is part of a series of three events taking place in both Fayetteville and Little Rock (see detailed list of events below). These events are hosted by Little Rock Collective Liberation, a growing collective working to build multiracial movements to unite our local communities.

About Chris Crass

Chris Crass speaking about racism and what white people can do to be the change they wish to see.

Chris Crass speaking about racism and what white people can do to be the change they wish to see.

Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation. Crass has served as an organizer with Food Not Bombs, an economic justice anti-poverty group and network and helped launch the Catalyst Project with the support of movement elders and mentors Sharon Martinas, Elizabeth ‘Betita’ Martinez, and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Catalyst Project combines political education and organizing to develop and support anti-racist politics, leadership, and organizing in white communities and builds dynamic multiracial alliances locally and nationally. Crass gives talks and leads workshops on campuses and with communities and congregations around the U.S. and Canada to help support grassroots activists efforts. Learn more here. 

For more information visit www.facebook.com/lrcollective 

The Events:

* Thursday, September 11th, 5:30 p.m. at the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville:“Building Movements for Collective Liberation,” sponsored by the University of Arkansas Multi-Cultural Center and the U of A Women’s Studies and Communication Departments.

* Saturday, September 13th, 10:00-2:00 at Philander Smith College: “But They Don’t Look Like Us: Developing Cultural Competency for Your Mission Field.”Hosted by the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church at Philander Smith College in Little Rock. *This workshop is full. You can go here to be put on a wait list. 

* Sunday, September 14th, 3:00 pm at Christ Church in Little Rock: A community-wide FREE event drawing from Crass’s talks on “Building Movements for Collective Liberation” and “Anti-racist Organizing in White Communities,” sponsored by the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, the Little Rock Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, Just Communities of Arkansas, and a numerous contributions from individuals in the Little Rock community. Click here for the fb invite. 

Event partners include the University of Arkansas Multi-Cultural Center, Women’s Studies and Communication Departments at the University of Arkansas, Arkansas Conference UMC Commission on Religion and Race, Status and Role of Women, Ethnic and Language Ministries, and Board of Church and Society, McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action, Little Rock Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)m, Women Lead Arkansas, The Arkansas Public Policy Panel, the Women’s project, Just Communities of Arkansas, and Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice.

Keep up with the events via Little Rock Collective Liberation here.