- 1 "Towards Collective Liberation"
- 2 Spirituality
- 3 Black Lives Matter
- 4 Early life
- 5 Student Resource Center
- 6 Love and Rage
- 7 Chiapas vist
- 8 SLAM
- 9 Ruckus training
- 10 Anarchist activism
- 11 Catalyst Project
- 12 Anarchist "editorial crew"
- 13 War Times
- 14 "Social Justice in the Bay Area" open letter
- 15 "HOW DO WE UPROOT THE SYSTEM AND BUILD A BETTER WORLD?"
- 16 FRSO connection
- 17 For May Day and Beyond
- 18 Open Letter to Obama on Iran
- 19 Comrades
- 20 Letter to Obama
- 21 Bay Area activism
- 22 Iraq War protest
- 23 Comrades
- 24 Left Forum 2011
- 25 PSA meeting
- 26 "Towards Collective Liberation" editorial crew
- 27 "Towards Collective Liberation" followers
- 28 Anti-racism work in the South
- 29 SURJ Connectors
- 30 Dump Trump
- 31 Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing
- 32 Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward
- 33 References
"Towards Collective Liberation"
Chris Crass is a longtime organizer working to build powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation. Chris has worked extensively with Unitarian Universalists and in the process, found his spiritual home. He has since delivered sermons and lead workshops on spiritual leadership at UU churches and divinity schools around the country. His book Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis, and movement building strategy draws lessons from his organizing over the past 25 years, as well as lessons from case studies of historic and contemporary anti-racist organizing.
Black Lives Matter
An Open Love Letter to White Unitarian Universalists Struggling With Their Commitment to Black Lives Matter
- Dear UU Fellowship at Salisbury,
- Our commitment to living the values of our faith is being tested. We are standing in the storm of reaction against the Black Lives Matter movement. Now is the time when we must ask ourselves, “do we become even more out and proud for racial justice or do we shrink down in retreat?”
- With FOX news leading a media frenzy denouncing the Black Lives Matter movement as a hate group, as terrorists, as anti-white, some of us are retreating from wearing Black Lives Matter buttons and some of us are questioning whether or not to take down the Black Lives Matter banners from our churches.
Chris Day was born Anaheim, California in 1973. "I went to school in the multiracial, majority white, public schools. In 1986, California became the 8th State in the US to declare English as the official language under the rallying cry, “English Only” (28 states have similar laws as of 2004). I remember in elementary school thinking any brown skinned person who couldn’t speak English was inferior. My grandfather and other relatives regularly spoke of “those lazy, good for nothin’ Mexicans stealing our tax dollars”. Even as an activist in high school who often complained about apathy amongst other students, I never made the connection to the Latinos/as who were calling out racism on campus, because the critiques they raised about language and culture were totally outside what I considered relevant issues."
- The Rodney King Verdict and mass uprising in Los Angeles had a profound influence on me. With the encouragement and support of friends of color, race become more and more central to my analysis. At Fullerton College in Orange County I quickly got involved with a multiracial, Chicano/a led, coalition fighting against statewide tuition increases. The Coalition made connections between the enormously expanding prison budget and the slashed education budget, and argued that college must serve working class students and students of color. The coalition was widely supported by students of color and white students. Then the ads began to appear in school newspapers around Southern California: “Your fees are going up because illegal aliens are taking advantage of our tax dollars.” This was followed several months later with Proposition 187, also known as Save Our State (SOS), a ballot measure for the 1994 election which was to prohibit undocumented immigrants from having access to public healthcare, education or any social service. The official wording on the ballot described itself as “the first giant stride in ultimately ending the illegal alien invasion.”
- Over the preceding few months I had been building tight political bonds and friendships with Latina/o organizers, in particular David Rojas who was an organizing mentor for me. David played a leading role in forming and guiding the coalition. He spent many hours talking politics, helping me develop an understanding of white supremacy and colonialism. When the ads hit and it was clear that this was part of growing anti-immigrant campaign with enormous support in white communities, it took everything to a level I had never known before. I had read about the roundups of anarchists, of the Red Scares’ persecution of radicals and I claimed it all as my history. But Prop 187 was an attack on a whole category of people based on race and language, regardless of any chosen political identity. This was an attack on entire families, communities and generations – and it was both deeply historic and institutional. This was an effort to permanently and systematically deny basic human rights of healthcare and education to oppressed and exploited communities. As David and I continued working side by side, I could feel for the first time the way that history was written on our skin. He and I agreed in our analysis and stood together in our organizing, but we experienced the anti-immigrant racist climate in such dramatically different ways because of who we were. I felt the fear of violent reprisal for being associated with him, he felt it because it was designed for him, his family and community.
- Prop 187 passed with 59% of the vote. The struggle against it galvanized many young people of color, particularly Chicanas/os to fight back even harder. This was just one more attack on their communities as well as one more opportunity to strengthen collective power to survive and deepen the struggle...
Student Resource Center
Chris Day was the director of the Student Resource Center at Hunter College in the City University of New York.
Love and Rage
Love and Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation." was at CUNY, in 1996 led by Chris Day and Jed Brandt.Love and Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation helped build strong, radical groups like Anti-Racist Action and Student Liberation Action Movement, movements for queer liberation, reproductive freedom and more. Yet when activists disrupted the WTO in Seattle, LnR had been dead for a year and a half, leaving our mistakes to be repeated, our lessons forgotten. That's what spurred my comrade Roy San Filippo to put together a book of LnR's writings, A New World in Our Hearts (AK Press, 2003). Although 19 of the 20 pieces are by men-meaning vital insights from women are missing-the book revives valuable debates cut short by LnR's split in 1998.
Suzy Subways was solidly an anarchist. She'd worked three years with excellent, principled organizers of various communist and nationalist stripes for access to education at CUNY. She'd learned a lot from them about strategizing for revolution and building multi-racial, democratic participation while engaging in a reform struggle. Chris Day (New York LnR) wrote "The Historical Failure of Anarchism" after Marxists we worked with challenged him on anarchism's weaknesses. The feisty document put many Love and Ragers on the defensive but inspired others to study revolutionary history for ideas to move us beyond Bakunin.
Chistopher Day spent two years working in Chiapas on the construction of a clinic in the village of Benito Juarez-Miromar. In 2001 he worked with the Student Liberation Action Movement in NYC. He wrote an article about his Mexican experience for the Freedom Road Socialist Organization website "The Zapatistas’ Long March" Posted on October 1st, 2001.
- Ruckus has also come under fire for its failure to address issues of race and racism. A pre-WTO training generated criticisms from organizers of color participating in the program. A year later, at an action camp for the Democratic National Convention, workshops got derailed when activists of color called out other participants on racism. To its credit, Ruckus stopped its camp and broke into caucuses to deal with it.
The clashes ultimately led to Ruckus’ inclusion of a four hour mandatory session on the need to include anti-racist analysis and practice in anti-corporate activism at their February camp. The camp also grappled head-on with the movement’s tendency towards fetishizing tactics.
“There is an infatuation with tactics,” says Chris Day,, who attended the camp as a presenter. “But they’re critical of it as well, and I think they can be forgiven for it since that is part of what’s going to make people come to the camp.”
In 2002 Crass wrotethat he was an anarchist coming of political age in the early 90s and had been a social justice organizer for the past 13 years . At the time Crass was working with the Anti-Racism for Global Justice project of the Challenging White Supremacy Workshop.
Crass was also a member of the United Anarchist Front in Whittier in the early 1990s, which was part of the Love and Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation. The United Anarchist Front mobilized against the Gulf War in 1991 and played a leading role organizing other white people to stand for immigrant rights and Ethnic Studies in Orange County, California. They worked in alliance with Chicano students from MEChA and Crass worked with David Rojas on the underground student newspaper, the Molotov Cocktail.
Crass was an organizer and educator with the Catalyst Project from 2000 through 2011. The Catalyst Project, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, grew out of the Challenging White Supremacy workshop, which was founded by Sharon Martinas and Mickey Ellinger in 1992. Crass worked with Challenging White Supremacy after the 1999 WTO mass actions in Seattle, Washington to help strengthen anti-racist politics and practice in the mostly white sections of the Global Justice Movement. Movement elders Elizabeth Martinez, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Paul Kivel were also key mentors to the younger generation organizers in Catalyst Project. In the 2000s, Crass was involved with other anti-war and anti-racist work through the Heads Up Collective..
From 1993 to 1998 Challenging White Supremacy led two 15-week-long sessions a year in the Bay Area, working with hundreds of social justice activists. Shortly after the mass actions in Seattle that rocked the WTO, Elizabeth Martinez encouraged Sharon to develop political education specifically to work with the growing Global Justice movement. Sharon recruited younger generation left/radical anti-racists to build a new phase of CWS called ‘Anti-Racism for Global Justice’. While continuing to run the 15-week workshop series, the new project that became Catalyst quickly developed into a national training program. Over the next 5 years over 5000 participants from local groups and national networks went through Catalyst trainings. Catalyst developed through intergenerational mentorship and a commitment to non-sectarian left/radical movement building. Intergeneration mentorship has been a process by which we have connected to the lived history of social movements before us to draw lessons and inspiration for our work. In addition to sharing insights, movement veterans have been mentors supporting us to reflect on and draw lessons from our work. They have helped us to believe in ourselves, while also providing long-term perspective. Through such mentorship and our own political practice, we developed our commitment to a non-sectarian movement building framework committed to bringing forward the best of many left/radical traditions. We are committed to a praxis-based approach to political education and organizing. Sharon Martinas, Elizabeth Martinez, Paul Kivel, Nisha Anand and our other advisers supported us – Clare Bayard, Ingrid Chapman, Ari Clemenzi, Chris Crass, Amie Fishman, Kerry Levenberg, Missy Longshore, Molly McClure, Betty-Jeane Ruters-Ward, Alia Trindle, Becca Tumposky, Josh Warren-White.
Anarchist "editorial crew"
Chris Crass', essay "Beyond Voting: anarchist organizing, electoral politics and developing strategy for liberation" was assisted by an "editorial crew" consisting of : Nisha Anand, Clare Bayard, Dan Berger, Ingrid Chapman, Chris Dixon, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jeff Giaquinto, Rahula Janowski, Sharon Martinas, Gabriel Sayegh and Josh Warren-White
In January 2002, a group of San Francisco leftists, mainly involved with STORM or Committees of Correspondence, founded a national anti-Iraq War newspaper War Times. Endorsers of the project included Chris Crass.
"Social Justice in the Bay Area" open letter
An Open Letter to Men Committed to Social Justice in the Bay Area - Calling on Men in the Bay Area to Stand Up for Reproductive Justice.
Written by Rishi Awatramani and Chris Crass Friday Jan 14th, 2005.
- On January 22nd, the right-wing anti-choice movement will be coming to San Francisco to shout their anti-human rights, anti-woman message in the streets. At this time when women's rights to abortion are being challenged by the Bush administration and questioned in the Democratic party, it is crucial that we as men join the sisters organizing in opposition to this right-wing march and say: REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE FOR ALL! 
"HOW DO WE UPROOT THE SYSTEM AND BUILD A BETTER WORLD?"
A benefit to distribute "Horizontalism: Popular Power in Argentina" to social movements in Argentina and Latin America**
Tuesday May 31, 2005: AK Press
674-A 23rd. St, Oakland. 
- In the growing resistance to capitalism within the United States, many white activists consider Seattle as the "beginning of a movement" and gauge anti-capitalist work using Seattle as the measuring stick.
Special thanks to "Chris Dixon, Sonja Sivesind, Alan Rausch, and Therese Saliba for their feedback on this article. Thanks to Trevor Baumgartner, Jennica Born, Lydia Cabasco, Chris Crass, Stephanie Guilloud, Hop Hopkins, Kimi Lee, and Scott Winn, for the discussions that helped flesh out these ideas".
For May Day and Beyond
Open Letter to White Communities
- In the past month, five million people, mostly immigrants of color, have mobilized for justice and are making history, flooding the streets in unprecedented numbers. Meanwhile, the most visible participation by white people is coming from the racist and right wing leaders who are defining and dominating the debate in the Federal government and in the news, radio and opinion pages. Where are the voices of anti-racist white people in this crucial moment, when the worst anti-immigrant legislation in decades is still poised to drop?
Open Letter to Obama on Iran
Joshua Kahn Russell February 14, 2009 ·
With Payal Parekh, Ben Powless, Shadia Fayne Wood, Harjit Singh Gill, Jason Negron-Gonzales, Becca Rast, Max Uhlenbeck, Sharon Lungo, Aditi Vaidya, Chris Crass, Madeline Gardner, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ananda Lee Tan, Brian Kelly, Andrej Grubacic and Clare Bayard.
Letter to Obama
In March 2009 dozens of 'human rights groups' and activists in the United States, signed a statement urging President Barack Obama to rethink his decision to boycott the United Nations-sponsored anti-racism conference.
- As you know, the Durban Review Conference is one of the most important international platforms for discussing the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances. Given the brutal history of slavery and Jim Crow in the United States, your Administration has much to contribute to this discussion. A boycott would be inconsistent with your policy of engagement with the international community…
Bay Area activism
In 2000, Crass helped form 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 Sept. 11th, 2001, he helped to found the Heads Up Collective which brought together white anti-racist organizers in the San Francisco, Bay Area, building 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.
Iraq War protest
Lori Hurlebaus April 6 2019:
September 23, 2005.
OAKLAND, CA Over 200 of people gathered at a Chevron gas station in Oakland today to speak out against the war in Iraq, and demand money and resources for people who’s lives have been shattered by Hurricane Katrina. The crowd of people from all walks of life was energized by hip-hop and samba music, as people stepped up to the microphone, spoke out against the war and military r... See More — with Rahula Janowski, Clare Bayard, Chris Crass and Ingrid Chapman.
According to Chris Crass;
- The day to day leadership in my life comes from my comrades who have challenged, pushed, and struggled with me hundreds of times in our organizations and our lives, comrades like Nilou Mostoufi, April Sullivan, Johnna Bossuot, Rahula Janowski, Clare Bayard, Nisha Anand, Molly McClure, Marc Mascarenhas-Swan, Rachel Luft, and Ingrid Chapman.
Left Forum 2011
Toward a New Revolutionary Movement:
- Sponsored by: Kasama Project
- Christopher Day, Kasama Project
- Eric Ribellarsi, Kasama Project
- Joe Ramsey, Kasama Project
- Mike Ely, Kasama Project
Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at TBD Location: UC Shiloh Room, UTK Progressive Student Alliance organized a Panel on Institutional Racism in Our Communities featuring Miguel Carpizo-Ituarte, Chris Crass.
"Towards Collective Liberation" editorial crew
Chris Crass', 2013 book " was "Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy..." was edited by a team consisting of Chris and Molly, Rahula Janowski Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Nisha Anand, Sasha Vodnik, Cile Beatty, Danni Marilyn West, Amie Fishman, Jeff Giaquinto , Sharon Martinas, Gabriel Sayegh, Clare Bayard, Z. Lula Haukeness, Cindy Breunig, Jardana Peacock, Betty-Jeane Ruters-Ward, Betita Martinez, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Paul Kivel, Ingrid Chapman, Dan Berger, Josh Warren-White, Rachel Luft, Kerry Levenberg, Johnna Bossuot, Leah Jo Carnine, Berkley Carnine, Leah Close, Vivian Sanati, Dara Silverman, Helen Luu, Pauline Hwang Nrinder, N.K. Nann, Marc Mascarenhas-Swan, Max Elbaum, Keith McHenry, James Tracy, Alice Nuccio, Laura McNeill, Azedeh Ghafari, J.C. Callender, Nilou Mostoufi, April Sullivan-FitzHugh, Michelle O'Brien, Joe Tolbert, Tufara Waller Muhammad, Karly Safar, Jayanni Webster, Joshua Kahn Russell, prof. Laura Head, Andrew Cornell, Harjir Singh Gill, Emily Thuma, Rami Elamine, Chanelle Gallant, Charlie Frederick, Amar Shah, Alicia Garza, Elandria Williams, Carla Wallace, Ernesto Aguilar, Lisa Albrecht.
"Towards Collective Liberation" followers
Melanie Cervantes, follow · March 11, 2013;
- From author Chris Crass: " When I first imagined a poster promoting my new book, Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis,and movement building strategy, the images that came to mind were the people in Melanie Cervantes’ “We are the 99%” posters, coming together to build the multiracial, feminist, working class-based movement for collective liberation that we need. M... See More — with Carla F. Wallace, Mari Mujica, Steve Williams, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Ingrid Chapman, Dawn Haney, James Haslam, Cindy Wiesner, Marquez Rhyne, Jayanni Elizabeth, Malachi Garza, Miguel CarItu, Chris Crass, Carl Patrick, Abbey Lolcano, Maria Poblet, Kate Cardona, Z. Lula Haukeness, Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Elandria Williams, Harsha Walia, Marc Mascarenhas-Swan, Jason Lydon, Jardana Peacock, Chris Dixon, Gabriel Haaland, Betty-Jeanne Ruters-Ward, Mel Baiser, Nisha Anand, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Becki Winchel, T. Gonzales, Rahula S. Janowski, Dani Burlison, Harjit Singh Gill, Leah Jo Carnine, Karly Safar, Emily Han Zimmerman, Alicia Garza, Sistufara W. Muhammad, Pamela Jean McMichael, Caitlin Elly Breedlove, Kate Kanelstein, Mei-ying Williams, James Tracy, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Shannon Garth-Rhodes and Cindy Jeanne.
Anti-racism work in the South
Crass was part of the founding of the national white anti-racist network, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and served on the leadership team in 2011. In Knoxville, TN, in 2012, he helped initiate Knoxville United Against Racism to bring communities together across race to protest racial profiling, the killing of Trayvon Martin, and for immigrant rights.
Crass' 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 Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America. During Occupy Wall Street in 2011 he co-edited, along with Catalyst Project, the Catalyzing Liberation Toolkit: Anti-Racist Organizing to Build the 99% Movement.
He has given talks and led workshops with thousands of people in colleges and communities around the country. As a Unitarian Universalist, he has also worked with dozens of faith-based communities around these issues including Divinity Schools and Seminaries.
- Our team of connectors are all people who use their platform - whether that is as an artist, speaker, author, organizer, etc - to help further the mission of Showing Up for Racial Justice, engaging more white people in our shared work for racial justice.
As of 2015 the list included Chris Crass.
DUMP TRUMP, DEFEAT RACISM AND MISOGYNY, BUILD THE LEFT was an open letter to the left from 47 grassroots organizers. October 17, 2016.
- A lot of us see something really clearly, but few of us—radical and revolutionary organizers—are willing to say it out loud.
- So we’re going to say it. Defeating Trump in the presidential election is a top priority for the left. And at a minimum, that means mobilizing voters for Hillary Clinton in swing states even if you vote for another candidate in a safe state. We’ve got to beat Trump and Trumpism while building movements that will fight, resist and disrupt a Clinton administration that will be militaristic and pro-corporate...
- As we mentioned at the beginning, defeating Trump is not enough. We need movements strong enough to fight a Clinton administration on several fronts—whether Israel/Palestine, free trade agreements, climate change, a $15 minimum wage, or the prison-industrial complex. And neutralizing the appeal of the far right means we need to both strengthen our movements for racial justice and win over white workers to a progressive class politics as an alternative to Trump’s racist economic nationalism. Finally, we need to build a left that can help anchor a visionary alternative to corporate Democrats. It won’t be easy, but we’ve come this far. Let’s defend what we’ve got in this election, and keep our eye on collective liberation.
Signatories included Chris Crass, anti-racist author and educator, Kentucky.
Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing
Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.
- What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.
Those invited, on Facebook included Chris Crass.
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.
- Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?
- This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.
Those invited, on Facebook included Chris Crass .
- Amazon Towards Collective Liberation
- [http://uufs.net/2015/09/standing-on-the-side-of-love-weathering-the-storm-to-see-the-rainbow/ SearchUnitarian Universalist Fellowship at SalisburyAn Open Love Letter to White Unitarian Universalists Struggling With Their Commitment to Black Lives Matter]
- Chris Crass, Colours of Resistance Archive Beyond Voting: anarchist organizing, electoral politics and developing strategy for liberation
- Discussion Forums starting some trouble Postby Pomegranate » Tue Jul 27, 2004
- Love & Rage Archive Love & Rage Archive
- Dem. Left Summer, 2001
- Dem. Left Summer, 2001
- Dem. Left Summer, 2001
- [Mieszkowski, Katharine (April 11, 2006). "We're here. We're not going anywhere". Salon.com. Retrieved February 11, 2009
- Catalyst Project about us, history
- Chris Crass, Colours of Resistance Archive Beyond Voting: anarchist organizing, electoral politics and developing strategy for liberation
- WAR TIMES January 29, 2002
- Indymedia, Santa Cruz Indymedia | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Womyn An Open Letter to Men committed to Social Justice in the Bay Area by Rishi Awatramani and Chris Crass Friday Jan 14th, 2005 4:48 PM
- [ East Bay | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism How Do We Uproot the System and Build a Better World? by globalize liberation ( josh [at] akpress.org ) Monday May 30th, 2005 ]
- FRSO Redefining Success Posted on Monday October 1st, 2001 by Freedom Road Socialist Organization
- Indymedia For May Day and Beyond
- Open Letter to Obama on Iran
- SpeakoutNow bio
- [Going to Places That Scare Me: Personal Reflections on Challenging Male Supremacy Saturday, 07 June 2014 09:06 By Chris Crass, PM Press |]
- Panel on Institutional Racism in Our Communities featuring Miguel Carpizo-Ituarte, Chris Crass
- Towards Collective Liberation Acknowledgents XV]
- SpeakoutNow bio
- SURJ people
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