PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual
In this series we will explore the current and historical conditions that have fostered the rise of the Far Right on a global scale, and dig deeper into the ways white nationalism is shaping the current political climate in the United States. We will learn from folks across the country and the world to compare stories and strategies we can apply to organizing in our communities.
Elandria Williams and Jess Grady-Benson from PeoplesHub
Eric Ward, Lindsay Schubiner, and Zakir Khan from Western States Center
Kazembe Balagun from Rosa Luxemburg
Two Hours per session, Connect as an individual
#1: Understanding the Global Rise of the Far Right
Monday October 28th, from 12-2pm PT/ 2-4pm CT/ 3-5pm ET
#2: Resisting White Nationalism in the US
Thursday November 7th, from 12-2pm PT/ 2-4pm CT/ 3-5pm ET
#3: Strategy Clinic: How to Organize Against Hate
Tuesday November 12th, from 12-2pm PT/ 2-4pm CT/ 3-5pm ET
People involved in social justice movements who are interested in the intersection between racism, xenophobia, gender violence, challenges to democracy, and the growth of the alt right in the US and globally.
You’ll come away with an understanding of:
- The historical context for the rise of the alt right in the US and globally
- How the Far Right is building power, and what we can do to intervene
- The role of white nationalism in the rise of the Far Right
- The connection between local, national and international solidarity movements
- The role of media in shaping popular narratives
- Strategies for resisting the Far Right in your community and beyond
- Case studies and lessons to apply to your organizing
Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to speak and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, and headphones.
We suggest you ground in some of these materials before the workshop:
- Far Right in Government, Six Cases from Across Europe. “Introduction: The Rise of the Radical Right.” By Stefanie Ehmsen and Albert Scharenberg. p. 1-7.
- Far Right in Government, Six Cases from Across Europe. “Nationalism and Neo-Fascism Under Jarosław Kaczyński,” by Bartosz M. Rydliński. p.19-29.
- “The Far Right in Brazil: How Bolsonaro Came to Pass,” by Esther Solano Gallego.
- A History: construction of race and racism
- Confronting white nationalism in schools
- National Public Radio: “Politics Shape The Debate Over What To Call Far-Right Extremism” (June 23, 2019)
This is a three part series that covers the above themes. These workshops are stand alone and offer different content. We encourage you to participate with a comrade, co-worker or community member.
Free, donation-based only.
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Born in Harlem, NY, Kazembe received his B.A. in Philosophy from Hunter College. From 2007 to 2013, he was the Education/Outreach Coordinator at the Brecht Forum. Kazembe recently contributed an essay called “We Be Reading Marx Where We From: Socialism and the Black Freedom Struggle” to the book Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA (2014). He is a project manager of United Nations / North America for the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung New York Office.
Lindsay Schubiner directs Western States Center’s program to counter the dangerous ascension of white nationalism and hate violence across the country. She previously led advocacy efforts against anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bigotry at the Center for New Community. Lindsay has served as a Congressional staffer handling housing, health, and immigration policy, and managed advocacy for sexual health and rights at American Jewish World Service.
Zakir Khan is a Program Manager and Trainer/Organizer at Western States Center and serves as the Board Chair for CAIR-Oregon. Zakir’s ability to engage with businesses on a social entrepreneurship level has successfully led to getting Major League Soccer to drop their ban on the Iron Front flag and has also led to hate groups being de-platformed from fundraising websites. He also recently led hate crime reform efforts in Oregon that strongly support survivors and tracks hate crimes and incidents. Prior to joining Western States Center, he served as a Professor of Communication at Linn-Benton Community College and at Broward College.
Executive Director of PeoplesHub, Elandria also provides development support to cooperatives, mostly in the Southern United States, and is a co-editor of Beautiful Solutions, a project that is gathering some of the most promising and contagious stories, solutions, strategies and big questions for building a more just, democratic, and resilient world. For the last eleven years Elandria worked at the Highlander Research and Education Center, first as the youth / intergenerational programs director and then helping co-coordinate Economics and Governance programs such as the Mapping Our Futures Curriculum and the Southern Grassroots Economies Project.
Jess Grady-Benson is an artist, organizer, and facilitator in Seattle, Washington. Jess serves as a Lead Trainer and Trainings Coordinator with PeoplesHub. Jess has roots in the climate justice, racial justice, and youth organizing. She believes deeply in the power of learning together to transform our relationships, ignite our creativity, and grow our collective power.
A national expert on the relationship between hate violence and preserving democratic institutions, governance, and inclusive societies, Eric brings nearly 30 years of expertise in community organizing and philanthropy to his role as Western States Center’s Executive Director.
Originally from Los Angeles, Eric began his civil rights work when the white nationalist movement was engaged in violent paramilitary activity that sought to undermine democratic governance in the Pacific Northwest. Eric founded and directed a community project to expose and counter hate groups and respond to bigoted violence with the Community Alliance of Lane County (1990–1994). With the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment (1994-2002).
Eric worked with government leaders, civil rights campaigners, businesses leaders, and law enforcement officials to establish over 120 task forces in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. As one of a handful of prominent leaders of color working to counter this new manifestation of organized hate, Eric successfully encouraged some violent neo-Nazi leaders to renounce racism and violence. Joining the Center for New Community as National Field Director (2003-2011), Eric assisted immigrant rights advocates in addressing the growing influence of xenophobia on public policy.
As Program Executive for The Atlantic Philanthropies’ U.S. Reconciliation and Human Rights Programme (2011-2014), Eric led grantmaking in immigration and national security and rights. Eric’s grantmaking as a Ford Foundation Program Officer (2014-2017) supported efforts to combat inequality. Eric has consulted extensively with philanthropic institutions across the country including the Open Society Foundation, and co-founded Funders For Justice (a project of the Neighborhood Funders Group). Eric has volunteered with numerous philanthropic and community-based organizations and is currently on the boards of The Proteus Fund and Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), a nonprofit agency that provides artists with strategy and support for their activism and philanthropy.
A contributor to the Progressive Media Project from 2008-2014, Eric has been quoted and cited extensively by national media and is the editor of three published works: Conspiracies: Real Grievances, Paranoia and Mass Movements; Second Civil War: States’ Rights, Sovereignty; and Power of the County and American Armageddon: Religion, Revolution and the Right.