Dear friends, Hope you re doing well. We re hosting a screening, in north Oakland, of the new documentary about the life of Anne Braden and her work organizing
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, Nov 27, 2012
Hope you're doing well. We're hosting a screening, in north Oakland, of the new documentary about the life of Anne Braden and her work organizing white communities in the South for racial justice. Once again we've seen a national election where racism is so prominent in how it's used to divide working people. Anne Braden's work is an important example of building the multiracial coalitions needed to bring about a better, healthier, more just and equitable country.
Suggested donations are $5-20 and all proceeds will go to the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program. It would be great to see you there! There's more information about the movie and the program below. Space is limited so please try to arrive early. Check out our Facebook event for more information.
With love and solidarity, Regan & Dave
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“If it was Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King who convinced me to join the struggle, it was Anne Braden who showed me how to do it.” - Bob Zellner, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's first white staff member
Dear friends, please join us for a screening of the deeply inspiring, new documentary about the life of civil rights leader Anne Braden, called ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT
This 4 month political education and leadership development program is designed to support the vision, strategy, and organizing skills of white activists in becoming accountable, principled anti-racist organizers building multiracial movements for justice.
* Learn about systems of oppression and privilege in a collective liberation framework * Develop an understanding of white supremacy along with patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism, imperialism, anti-semitism, the gender binary system and the state * Learn about histories of resistance and liberation, and about movements today * Learn about organizing and develop organizing skills * Gain grassroots fundraising skills * Participate in volunteer placements in racial and economic justice organizations led by people of color * Have mentorship and anti-racist leadership development opportunities
Catalyst Project is a center for political education and movement building based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We organize in majority white sectors of social justice movements with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and helping to build multiracial movements for collective liberation. We do this by creating spaces for activists to collectively develop deeper political analysis, vision, strategy and organizing skills. Our work is based in the belief that all people have a right to dignity, housing, food, healthcare, meaningful work and healthy communities. We organize with the understanding that anti-racism can be a catalyst for challenging all forms of oppression and creating fundamental change.
from the film's website (http://annebradenfilm.org/about.php): "Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was “eloquent and prophetic.” When charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood in 1954, Braden used the attack to embark upon a lifetime of racial justice organizing matched by few whites in American history. Ostracized as a “red,” she fought for an inclusive movement community and demonstrated that civil liberties were essential for civil rights. After decades of being shunned by even the most progressive organizations, in 1989 Anne Braden was awarded the first Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty from the American Civil Liberties Union as a “lifelong leader of the movements for racial justice, labor rights, and peace in the South.”
Described as “one of the great figures of our time” by historian Jacquelyn Hall, Braden died in 2006 leaving a remarkable legacy as a grassroots organizer, committed journalist, civil rights leader, movement strategist, social chronicler, public intellectual, teacher and mentor to three generations of social justice activists. In the midst of production at the time, the filmmakers continued with the documentary with other producers graciously contributing additional media.
In the film Braden is articulate, insightful, challenging, self-effacing, and charming. Her reflections on the significance of a lifetime of racial justice organizing are interspersed with commentary from civil rights leaders, organizers, historians, students and friends who intersected with her at key moments in her life. Archival material of the civil rights movement and historical and contemporary footage of Anne participating in the social justice community are juxtaposed with a variety of interviews.
In a time of war, terrorism, economic uncertainty, religious controversies and an African American President, unresolved issues around race and racial justice, civil rights and civil liberties, class and gender equity inform our national debates. Braden engages audiences with a unique southern voice for a much needed discourse on the continuum of struggle for civil rights and civil liberties from the founding of our democracy to the present, and the responsibilities of whites to join the fight against racism and white privilege. Through this exploration of Anne Braden's story we see not only the dangers of racism and political repression but also the power of a woman's life spent in commitment to social justice."
Many thanks to Good Bellies who is opening their cafe for this event. We encourage everyone to support this locally owned business which hosts community events such as this one.
Note: They will be serving drinks and pastries at the event, but the kitchen closes at 5pm.
Please contact Regan or Dave at info@... or #415-963-1376 with any questions. We hope you can make it!
“Anne Braden's life stories drill down to the roots of the country's struggles for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. I salute Anne for the extraordinary courage of her life.” - Bob Moses, former Mississippi SNCC field secretary and founder, Algebra Project
"A magnificent portrait of the Anne Braden I knew: courageous, militantly anti-racist, and radical to the core. Anne Braden changed my life; this film will change yours." - Robin D.G. Kelley, Author and Historian
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