Anne Braden Fellowship

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  • FUNDED $275
  • NEEDED $2725
  • GOAL $3000
  • FUNDED 9%
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We’re raising funds for anti-racist change-makers. Will you help?

In every age, no matter how cruel the oppression carried on by those in power, there have been those who struggled for a different world. I believe this is the genius of humankind, the thing that makes us half divine: the fact that some human beings can envision a world that has never existed.”                 Anne Braden

As a regional organization, the Alliance for Appalachia is committed to leadership development that allows our members to know and build their own power to envision a world that has never existed. When the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training was announced, we encouraged our members across the region to apply. Now, 7 people from 3 Alliance member organizations are two-thirds of the way through the fellowship and we’re asking for your help in seeing a strong finish!

The last session of the Braden Program is this month, and you can help get folks from Central Appalachia to Oakland, California. The Alliance is supporting participants from our region with the costs of flights, meals, and other travel expenses like food and transportation. Will you donate to help us reach $3,000?

Since January, participants in the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program have been steeped in deep study and rigorous learning to:
  • Develop an understanding of white supremacy as it interconnects with patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism, imperialism, settler-colonialism, the gender binary system and the state
  • Learn about histories of resistance and liberation, and about social justice movements today
  • Learn about transformative organizing and develop anti-racist organizing skills
  • Receive mentorship and anti-racist leadership development
  • Learn tools for anti-racist strategy development, campaigns, leadership development, communications work, and alliance-building
This program is part political education, part leadership development and personal transformation work; it includes three intensive 4-day workshops, one-on-one mentorship, 4-6 hours of readings, research and homework, small group meetings and support, and grassroots fundraising.

Investing in our people is critical in our political moment when white supremacist organizations are targeting our communities for their organizing. Challenging hate in Appalachia is not easy and often comes with threats to those pushing for a future where everyone is valued. Your support in helping send members of the Alliance for Appalachia will ensure our community has the skills and tools to push against hateful rhetoric and create a region that is inclusive to all.