on January 14
With the Movement for Black Lives and the Indigenous Nations-led struggle at Standing Rock, the movement for racial justice continues to move us all forward. In this time of mass incarceration, mass deportation, anti-Muslim sentiment, and profound economic inequality, we stand in an urgent call for people of faith to move toward the collective liberation required for the Beloved Community.
What can we do in these times to live our Unitarian Universalist values in the service of bringing down institutional inequality and building up beloved community in the process?
Join us for an interactive workshop with longtime anti-racist/collective liberation organizer, author, educator, and Unitarian Universalist Chris Crass to explore how we can rise in these times for racial justice and collective liberation.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
9:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek
579 Polly Drummond Hill Rd., Newark DE 19711
Lunch and childcare will be provided.
Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for youth.
Scholarships are available.
“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.”
Anti-Racism and Collective Liberation
“Anti-racism is a process of seeing the power of liberation as abundant and socially necessary for the physical, emotional, and psychological health of all people. White supremacy leads white people to believe that only certain people can have access to power and that those certain people constitute a ruling class made up, primarily, of white people. Anti-racism is a commitment to changing this world view through struggles to transform the conditions in society. When we say “anti-racist,” we mean the work that makes those changes, and the process of political development white people must go through to actually believe that a liberated world is possible and that all people can—and must have power over their lives.” —Chris Crass, Towards Collective Liberation
“Collective liberation is a concept I first heard from bell hooks who talks about the interconnection of systems of oppression in the form of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. For me, as a white person challenging racism and as a man working for feminism, I began to see myself in a vision of interconnected systems of liberation. The more I worked in white communities against racism and for racial justice with a collective liberation vision, the more it became spiritual work. It was spiritual as I began to see and experience the devastation of white supremacy on white communities. I had seen it in my own family, in my Grandfather and in my uncles: the resentment and anger towards Black and Brown communities, anger and resentment that was toxic and ate away at their and other white people’s humanity, their sense of justice, safety, and democracy in the world. Now, as a father with two young white boys, I understand anti-racist work as fighting against the monstrosity of white supremacy that steals the lives of Black and Brown children and devours the humanity of white children.” —Chris Crass, Towards the “Other America,”
Books by Chris Crass
Towards the “Other America”: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter is a call to action to end white silence and a manual on how to do it. In addition to his own soul searching essays and practical organizing advice in his “notes to activists,” Crass lifts up the voices of longtime white anti-racist leaders organizing in white communities for Black Lives Matter. (Chalice Press, St. Louis, 2015)
Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy, is for activists engaging with dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change. This collection of essays and interviews presents us with powerful lessons for transformative organizing through offering a firsthand look at the challenges and the opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social movements. (PM Press, Oakland, Calif., 2013)