Class Resources

"It is impossible to talk meaningfully about ending racism without talking about class."

-- bell hooks, where we stand: Class Matters

White people working together to dismantle racism is critical work. Attempting to do this work without acknowledgment and thoughtfulness to how class impacts this work  limits our ability to make strategic organizing choices and to build powerful groups capable of winning the kind of change we desperately need.

Fighting for racial justice doesn't mean we avoid talking about issues of class. In fact, getting bold and clear about what cross-class solidarity work means as white folks yearning for racial justice will make our work effective and our wins last.

Whiteness as we know it was created as a tool to create divides between poor white people and people of color in the United States. Class continues to be a tool to create more divides, hostility, and violent oppression. This has significant impacts on poor and working class people, especially people of color.

Below you’ll find a compilation of resources that SURJ and others have put together to support chapters engage in courageous conversations and deepen their analysis around class. navigating conversations about class.

If you have questions about any of these resources, or would like support in navigating conversations about class in your chapter, please email Clarissa Rogers to set up a time to talk! You can get her at: clarissa@showup4rj.org.  

 

SURJ Framing:

SURJ Commitment to Poor and Working Class Leadership

 

Chapter Activities:

Class Spectrum Activity

Class Activities for SURJ Groups

White Working Class and Trump Article/Discussion Guide

 

Tools:

SURJ Cross Class Capacity Kit

Class Culture Chart

Why Class Matters Political Education Page

Economic System Political Education Page

Invisible Walls: What Keeps Working Class People Out of Coalitions

 

Articles:

It’s Not Them, It’s Us by Betsy Leondar-Wright

Class Matters Excerpts

White Supremacy and Trump Cannot Have Our People article

 

Websites:

Class Matters

Class Action

Activist Cultures Website

 

If you have additional resources you think would be helpful for others in the network, please share them with Clarissa Rogers at clarissa@showup4rj.org.


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