Chris Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation. He is a one of the leading voices in the country calling for and supporting white people to work for racial justice. In partnership with the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, Union Church is pleased to host an interactive evening, titled
“Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation”
Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30pm, in the Community Room.
The event is free and open to the entire community. A light soup supper will be served at 5:45pm ($5 suggested donation).
“Chris Crass is a catalyst for movement building. His work challenges and inspires us to develop our liberatory capacities as activists, organizers, and human beings. Any time spent with Chris, either through his books or in person, helps open one toward further possibilities for an emancipatory future, rooted in the transformative practices and relationships of the present. As a practical visionary with a keen sense of history, he asks tough questions, and shares important, hard-earned insights. The time he spent with us affected the way we envision and teach about liberation with our students. He gives us not just hope, but a powerful perspective from which to make that hope a reality.”
-Tony Vogt and Joseph Orosco, founders of the The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures, Oregon State University
Chris is the author of two books. His latest, 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.
His first book, Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy, draws from his nearly 30 years as an organizer and educator and offers a firsthand look at the challenges and opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social justice. Chris’ essays have been translated into half a dozen languages, taught in hundreds of classrooms, and included in over a dozen anthologies.
Chris co-founded the anti-racist movement building center, the Catalyst Project, which combines political education and organizing support to develop and support anti-racist politics, leadership, and organizing in white communities and builds dynamic multiracial alliances locally and nationally. Through Catalyst Project, where he was the co-director for more then a decade, he worked with tens of thousands of activists working on a wide range of issues in their communities and on their campuses.
He joined with white anti-racist leaders around the country to help launch the national anti-racist network Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), which works in white communities for racial justice. Rooted in his Unitarian Universalist faith he works with congregations, seminaries, and religious and spiritual leaders to build up the Religious Left. He lives in Louisville, KY.