The Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC) is proud to announce it’s Fall 2017 Programs. For more details on the Fall 2017 schedule of events or information on NEPDEC, please go to nepdec.org. The first two programs in the Fall series are detailed below.
For Multi-racial Democracy: White Privilege, Racism and Why Racial Justice Means We All Get Free
Tuesday September 26th
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
There is a fight for the soul of white America. The Alt-Right (a loose coalition of promoting racist, neo-nazi, and white supremacist ideologies) and some members of the current administration appear to want white people to live in fear, resentment, and isolation and to blame their pain and loss of economic security and hope for the future on people of color, women, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ people and immigrants. Chris Crass is a longtime white anti-racist who has been working in white communities to challenge how racism turns white people away from democracy, and away from the humanity of people of color and ultimately their own humanity. Join us for this highly engaging and inspirational talk about how anti-racism and racial justice are at the heart of an expansive democracy rooted in an affirmation of, and commitment to, the worth and dignity of all people. Chris Crass believes that white people must reject racism and work against the violence and poison of it causes. This presentation helps people to embrace anti-racism and racial justice as catalysts to reclaim their own humanity, create healthy communities, restore hope, and work for just multiracial democracy.
Let’s All Get Free: Toxic Masculinity, Ending Rape Culture, and Why Men Need Feminism Too
Wednesday September 27th
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Penn State Hazleton
Boys are raised to “act like a man,” suppressing all emotions other than anger, and taught to take control, which often means dominating others. Men are encouraged in a sexist society to possess and disrespect women and treat anything feminine as inferior to a masculine standard. There must be a critical examination of these aspects of social conditioning which have resulted in the epidemic of sexual assault and sexism in our communities and on our campuses. Institutionalized gender inequity must end, and men must take up the work to establish gender equity in our society. To engage in this work helps create healthier communities and relationships, and demands skill and courage. Gender equity frees everyone from the damage and pain that toxic masculinity creates.
Chris Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build powerful working class, feminist, and multiracial movements for collective liberation. He is one of the leading voices in the country calling for white people to work for racial justice. Chris gives talks and leads workshops on campuses, at community events, and for religious organizations in the United States and abroad.
Chris is the author of two books. His latest, Towards the “Other America: “Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter, is both a call to end white silence and a manual on how to do it. His other book, Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy, draws from nearly 30 years of experience as an organizer and educator. It offers a firsthand look at the challenges and opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social justice. Chris’s essays have been translated into half a dozen languages, taught in hundreds of classrooms, and included in over a dozen anthologies.
Chris co-founded the anti-racist movement building center, the Catalyst Project, which combines political education and organizing support to develop and support anti-racist politics, leadership, and organizing in white communities, helping to build dynamic multiracial alliances locally and nationally. Through Catalyst Project, where he was the co-director for more than a decade, Chris worked with tens of thousands of activists working on a wide range of issues in their communities and on their campuses.
He joined with white anti-racist leaders around the country to help launch the national anti-racist network Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), which works in white communities to build support for racial justice initiatives. Rooted in his Unitarian Universalist faith, he works with congregations, seminaries, and religious and spiritual leaders to build up the Religious Left.
He lives in Louisville, KY with his partner, and their two kids. You can learn more about his work at www.chriscrass.org.