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Making Magic for Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Leadership and Lessons from Harry Potter for Social Justice Organizing
First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
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Making Magic for Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Leadership and Lessons from Harry Potter for Social Justice Organizing
Making Magic for Collective Liberation:
Anti-Racist Leadership and Lessons from Harry Potter for Social Justice Organizing

"Have you daydreamed about being a member of an intergenerational social justice organization like the Order of Phoenix? Do you want Dumbledore to be your mentor?

Have dementors ever burned you out to the point where you doubted your ability to take on the Voldemorts of our world? Do you find yourself analyzing Dumbledore's Army for lessons on developing liberatory vision, culture, leadership, and organization?"

Everyone (even muggles) is invited to spend a day in learning and magic making with Chris Crass, Ruth Idakula, and other special guests!

What will the day be like? Plan for sharing and listening, moving and playing, strategizing and co-creating, pondering and journaling, and of course patronus casting. It's an all day immersive learning experience, with meals and snacks provided.

$100 program fee requested.

8:30 AM Breakfast & getting settled
*Childcare provided from 8:45 AM until 8 PM with breaks for lunch and dinner*
9 AM Welcome & getting started
Plan to be engaged all day and evening, with breaks for lunch and dinner!
Final strategy session will wrap up at 8 PM

All ages welcome. Childcare provided. A wheelchair accessible entrance is available on Soniat Street.

Coming from out of town? Reach out for assistance with affordable accommodations at celsjrNOLA@gmail.com. Housing at CELSJR includes a bunk in one of our dorm rooms, located upstairs, and shared with 5-10 other attendees. The CELSJR housing is only accessible to those who are able to climb stairs.

About accessibility: Saturday programs will be held downstairs at 1st Unitarian Universalist Church, in space that is wheelchair accessible.

About meals: They will be delicious! And plentiful. Registration includes three meals and snacks. Be sure to let us know well in advance of your dietary restrictions so that we can be sure to feed you well.

About children: Childcare will be provided during Saturday sessions, and children are always welcome at all sessions. The sound of young people in our space is the sound of our movement growing!

About economic accessibility: Scholarship aid is available! Reach out with your questions and needs to Coleen at CELSJRNOLA@gmail.com

About volunteering: As we spend the day together building community, all of us will be asked to take a role in the set up and clean up of meals. Additional volunteer assistance would be awesome - with airport rides, registration, childcare, etc. - so reach out to us if you have some energy to spare for additional support of the event!

More info about our special guest, Chris Crass:

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. Chris gives talks and leads workshops on campuses and with communities and congregations around the U.S. and world, to help support justice efforts.

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, a call to action to end white silence and a manual on how to do it. His other 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.

"Chris Crass has been at the forefront of building the grassroots, multiracial, feminist movements for justice we need.  He is a writer/activist who keeps his eye on the prize: to work for collective liberation, remembering that mine is interdependent with yours."

- Elizabeth Betita Martinez, founder of the Institute for Multiracial Justice and author of De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century

Learn more at www.chriscrass.org


First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans (View)
5212 S Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
United States



Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


On BPT Since: Jul 25, 2018
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