PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual

Strategy Clinic: How to Organize Against Hate


A Series in Partnership with Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Western States Center


Are you organizing to resist white nationalism and far right forces in your community? Are you unsure where to start? Our Strategy Clinics create an opportunity for mutual support across contexts and geographies. We will come together to share stories and ideas, and workshop the successes and challenges folks are navigating in their organizing. This is a great opportunity to go deeper and put what you’ve learned in the series into practice.  We will be joined by organizers from Western States Center, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and PeoplesHub to offer strategies, stories and support.


All are welcome, but we recommend you join us for the full workshop series preceding this clinic.

This workshop is created in partnership between PeoplesHub, The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office, and Western States Center.


Elandria Williams and Jess Grady-Benson from PeoplesHub

Eric Ward, Lindsay Schubiner, and Zakir Khan from Western States Center

Kazembe Balagun from Rosa Luxemburg

Joe Tolbert Jr. – Minister, scholar, writer, cultural organizer

Training Length and Type:


Two Hours per session


Connect as an individual

Workshop Offered: 


Tuesday, November 12th


From 12-2pm PT/ 2-4pm CT/ 3-5pm ET

This training is ideal for:


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.

Training Outcomes


Participants will leave with:


  • Strategies for resisting the Far Right in your community and beyond 
  • Lessons from what people are doing to defeat the far right in their communities
  • Support on challenges you are experiencing in your organizing 
  • Connections to fellow organizers across the country
What do you do to prepare?


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:



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.

Ready to sign up?


In partnership with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and Western States Center


Kazembe Balagun

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 

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

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.

Elandria Williams

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

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.

Joe Tolbert Jr.

Joe T. is a minister, scholar, writer and cultural organizer whose work is at the intersections of art, culture, spirituality and social justice. He received his B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed his M.Div. with a concentration in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. Joe is a sought after facilitator and cultural strategist that works with communities to help them harness the power of art and culture. For more information please visit

Eric Ward

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.