Chris Crass

Chris CrassHello, my name is Chris Crass and my work is dedicated to building powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation. Throughout history everyday people have come together to take on the most pressing challenges of their time and through collective organizing and struggle they have envisioned a better world, made large scale changes, won important victories, and passed on lessons to the next generation.  Around the world and here in the United States, we see people’s movements doing the same thing today. I believe in our ability to learn from the past, organize for tomorrow, and practice our visions and values today. I believe in our ability to work for systemic change, while simultaneously building beloved community and supporting one another’s personal transformation in the process. I believe in collective liberation and I believe in our ability to win.  I believe a better world is possible for my son and the younger generations.

I give talks and lead workshops with organizations, schools, congregations and communities around the country.  My talks and workshops focus on themes of anti-racism, social justice organizing, feminism, creating healthy activist culture, and spiritually grounded leadership for liberation.  You can learn more about my speaking tour and my book, Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis and movement building strategy, here.  You can also find information about how to bring me out to work with your community, school, congregation or organization.  Let us be rooted in our vision, act with love, and be powerful in our work for collective liberation.

Notes to a White Person Trying to Figure Out How to Talk With White People About White Privilege

By Chris Crass (Sept 15, 2017)   My goal in talking with white people about racism is to generate outrage for racial injustice and a passion and urgency for racial justice. My goal is to awaken a hunger for justice in the hearts and minds of white people that leads them into confrontation with the death culture that is white...
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Charlottesville and Boston Were Significant Victories for Collective Liberation

By Chris Crass (August 22, 2017) After the massive anti-racist/anti-fascist marches for racial justice, with Black Lives Matter in the lead, in Boston and Charlottesville, the racist anti-Muslim, pro-Trump organization Act for America have cancelled 67 rallies in 36 states and replaced their day of action into an online protest. This is a significant victory and shows that mass public...
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Antifa are a Critical Component of the Struggle Against White Supremacy

By Chris Crass (August 16, 2017) Any minute you spend debating that the antifa, that the right wing created term,”alt-left”, is violent too, is a minute spent supporting Trump and the ultra-right. The world is uniting against Trump and the ultra-right’s racism. Do not give Trump life support by giving any space, any room to “well the antifa…” unless it...
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The Fight for the Soul of White America is Raging in the Streets of Charlottesville

By Chris Crass (August 12, 2017) Republicans falling over themselves to denounce the views of white nationalists in Charlottesville, while promoting legislation and implementing policy that enacts those views on society. White people denouncing the Klan, Alt-Right, GOP shock troopers marching in Charlottesville, while giving these racist Force the political space to grow, by arguing “All Lives Matter” against Black...
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The Black Working Class of Ferguson Opened Up Human Rights For All of Us

By Chris Crass (August 10, 2017) Three years ago the Black working class communities of Ferguson, St, Louis, and the surrounding area, moved the political landscape of the country towards Black liberation, racial justice and collective liberation. Black working class communities, with young people, women, and parents in the lead, refused submission in the face of yet another racist police...
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Notes for An Activist Struggling with Depression and Overwhelm In These Times

By Chris Crass (June 1, 2017) I am with you. Because I feel the grief and anguish of these times, with the recent murders of Black, Indigenous, and white people in Maryland, Washington and Oregon by white supremacists. Of Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, canceling two public speaking engagements on the West Coast, after receiving...
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On this May Day, let's keep Black Lives Matter Central

By Chris Crass (May 1, 2017) As we build the broad based progressive left to stop and bring down the Trump/GOP agenda that attacks almost every community except the rich, we must do all we can to keep Black Lives Matter and the fight against anti-Black racism at the center. Anti-Black racism is at the center of capitalist exploitation of...
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We Need White People to Want Racial Justice

By Chris Crass (April 18, 2017) We need white folks to care more about wanting racial justice, wanting to end the nightmare of white supremacy in society and in our institutions and communities, wanting to listen to and show up with leaders of color who are moving forward the deepest values of our faiths, of our liberation politics, of our...
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The Attacks on Jewish Centers are at the Heart of Authoritarianism in the US

By Chris Crass (February 28, 2017) Antisemitism positions Jews as socially acceptable targets for working and middle class Christians (religiously and culturally) to unleash violence and hatred, to release the anger and resentments of crushing economic and political inequality. Antisemitism instructs and encourages working and middle class Christians to see Jews as the conspiratorial puppet masters of society, all the...
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The Time of "Never Again" is Now

By Chris Crass (February 2, 2017) If what happened at UC Berkeley makes you uncomfortable, I invite you to be in that discomfort for a while. If what happened at UC Berkeley gets you more riled up than the right wing Trump supporting Alt-Right Nazi terrorist in Quebec City who opened fire on a Mosque and killed six people, just...
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Notes to Activists on Demonstrations in These Mass Movement Times

By Chris Crass (January 31, 2017) There are demonstrations taking place all over the country today and remember 10 people demonstrating in a rural community, small town or the suburbs, where I grew up, can have a powerful impact, like the hundreds and thousands in cities. When we act as movement, like Black Lives Matter, like Standing Rock, like the...
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The Right Heart is More Important than the Right Analysis in Fighting Racism

By Chris Crass (November 14, 2016) The goal, for those of us who are white and want collective liberation, is to help support, encourage, resource, listen to, invite and bring in as many white people as possible into liberation values, culture, action, community and movement. If white people are expressing outrage or shock about Trump, I understand why people of...
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Notes to White Anti-Racists the Day After Trump's Election

By Chris Crass (November 9, 2016) 1. The need for Left liberation organizing in white communities, of all kinds, screams out with each stat from the exit polls. The need for tens of thousands of white anti-racists to dedicate themselves to not only active solidarity with people of color-led struggles, but also to rising up with anti-racist/collective liberation leadership in...
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Trump and Rape Culture: Let's Get Free and Nourish Collective Liberation

By Chris Crass (October 8, 2016) The misogyny and rape culture that Trump celebrates is wrong, period. Yes, I have women in my life who I do not want spoken of in that way, but I also have men and boys in my life who I do not want socialized, trained, and rewarded to dehumanize, degrade, and assault women. I...
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White Supremacy and Trump Cannot Have Our People

  By Chris Crass (July 28, 2016)   White working class anti-racist leadership is rising all around us and points us towards the work that must be done to unite white communities away from the death culture of racism and into the life-affirming, liberatory mass movement for racial justice and Black Lives Matter that is all around us. And to...
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Melania's Speech: Bootstrapping and Manifest Destiny

(July 19, 2016) Phoenix Calida: So um, I get all the jokes about Melania plagiarizing. But can I please just point out that the speech in question was about the moral and ethical superiority of capitalism and boot strapping? And both white republicans AND white liberals couldn’t stop jizzing themselves over the greatness of the bootstrap message? There’s an underlying...
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Ask Every Police Chief: Do you condone racism?

By Chris Crass (July 12, 2016) Rather then the standard in media of asking Black people about their forgiveness of the police who killed their babies, or asking if they are anti-police, and the standard of nearly every Black person in the country needing to hold a press conference expressing that they aren’t calling for violence against police, but rather equal...
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These Are the Rebels I've Been Looking For

By Chris Crass (June 17, 2016) To all the members of the rebel alliance against the empire of white supremacist capitalist hetero-patriarchy, I love you. When I was a teenager at an anti-war protest, a right wing jackadoodle got in my face and called me a “pinko, commie, insert homophobic word, n word loving, Jew loving, insert racist word for...
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I Remember That We Will Win

By Chris Crass (June 16, 2016) I remember the hurt of feeling my male friends pull their hand out of mine, as we walked in public. And I remember why they did, as people yelled homophobic slurs and gave us looks of disgust. I remember how much anger, threats of violence, and slurs, my public, beautiful, defiant, high school love,...
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Tales of Anti-Racism in the Nashville YMCA: Dumping Trump in AZ

By Chris Crass (March 19, 2016) The continuing adventures of anti-racism at the Nashville YMCA: “They should all go to Russia or China if they don’t like it,” shouts the woman in her 70s behind me. We’re both on running machines, and my pace quickens. She goes on about how angry those people make her. She’s yelling about the news...
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Sanders Campaign An Opportunity for Anti-Racism

  By Chris Crass (March 10, 2016) For white people who believe in, and work for, racial justice on any and all fronts, the point of reading analysis and reflections on the racism in the ‪#‎BernieSanders‬ campaign, is not to then sit back and say: “See, that’s why I don’t ‪#‎FeelTheBern‬“.Read More »

Racism of the Left is More Dangerous

  By Chris Crass (March 2, 2016) In the post-Super Tuesday analysis, my comrade Rev. Osagyefo Sekou wrote on his Facebook wall: “White folks who are Sanders’ supporters are far more dangerous than Trump supporters when it comes to race because they think they have all the answers on the question which is politically dishonest. Trump supporters are just racist which has...
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Black History Month Nourishes the Starved White Imagination

  By Chris Crass ( February 24, 2016) One of the ways that white supremacy hurts white people is that it teaches white people they have nothing to learn from the histories of people of color.Read More »

Radical Dad Solidarity From One Mall to Another

  By Chris Crass (February 14, 2016) Walking through the mall, one hand talking on the phone with a fired up young activist man about an awesome project he wants to do interviewing men about feminism, healthy masculinities and bringing down patriarchy, and the other hand feeding August his bottle.Read More »

To the Donald Trump-led GOP: We Will Fight you and We Will Win

crass1  By Chris Crass (December 11, 2015)   One of my closest friends was a white supremacist skinhead when we first met as teenagers in high school. He would have cheered at Donald Trump rallies with each call to deport Mexicans and ban Muslims from entering the country. He would have agreed with Trump that the African American Black Lives...
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