Towards Collective Liberation WITH Chris Crass
This is a not-to-miss workshop about creating feminist, multi-racial movements for justice in the arts and beyond. Throughout history everyday people have come together to take on the most pressing challenges of their time and through collective organizing and struggle they have envisioned a better world, made large scale change, won important victories, and passed on lessons to the next generation. From Chris: "I believe in our ability to learn from the past, organize for tomorrow, and practice our visions and values today. I believe in our ability to work for systematic change, while simultaneously building beloved community and supporting one another's personal transformation in the process. I believe in collective liberation and I believe in our ability to win. I believe a better world is possible."
Chris Crass has dedicated his life and work to building powerful working class-based, feminist, multicultural movements for collective liberation. Chris gives talks and leads workshops with organizations, schools, congregations and communities around the country. These talks and workshops focus on themes of anti-racism, social justice, feminism, creating healthy activist culture and spiritually grounded leadership for liberation.
Throughout the 1990s, Chris was an organizer with Food Not Bomb, an economic justice anti-poverty group. Building on the successes and challenges of the mass direct action convergences of the global justice movement, most notably in Seattle against the WTO in 1999, he helped launch the Catalyst Project. 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.
Through workshops on anti-racism, feminism for men, developing collective leadership and lessons from past movements, Crass has supported hundreds of organizations and leaders around the country.
In 2000, he was co-founder of the Colours of Resistance network, which served as a think tank and clearinghouse of anti-racist feminist analysis and tools for activists in the U.S. and Canada. After September 11, 2001, he helped to found the Heads Up Collective, which brought together a cadre of white anti-racist organizers to build up the multiracial Left in the San Francisco Bay Area through alliances between the majority white anti-war movement and locally-based economic and racial justice struggles in communities of color. He was also a member of the Against Patriarchy Men's Group that supported men in developing their feminist analysis and their feminist leadership.
Chris has written widely about anti-racist and social justice organizing, lessons from women of color feminism, and strategies to build visionary movements. His books include Towards the Other America: Anti-racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter and Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy. His essays have been translated into half a dozen languages, taught in hundreds of classrooms, and included in over a dozen anthologies including Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World, On the Road to Healing: An Anthology for Men Ending Sexism, and We Have Not Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America.
Chris graduated from San Francisco State University in Race, Class, Gender and Power Studies. Originally from California, he currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his partner Jardana Peacock and their sons, River and August. Learn more at www.chriscrass.org.