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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.

Resignation is Not Enough

By Chris Crass No Black liberation people’s movement on the move, no resignation of officer in McKinney, TX. No video, no resignation. People in McKinney speaking out and demonstrating with national outcry and movement: resignation.Read More »

Is Police Violence Really a Problem of a Few "Bad Apples"?

Last week, prosecutors brought criminal charges against the police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.  Many people welcomed this development, taking it as a sign that the justice system can work to root out the individuals who are responsible for brutality.  An Anarres contributor ponders whether the problem of ..
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Notes for a White Anti-Racist Struggling with White Friends about #Baltimore

  By Chris Crass Notes for a white anti-racist struggling with white friends about ‪#‎Baltimore‬(in this case a friend who has loved ones who are police) : I love you comrade, and I’m so grateful for the ways you throw down.Read More »

Remembering the Rodney King Uprising Twenty Three Years Later

Sides-LA-Riots-3_525April 29, 2015 marks twenty three years since the beginning of one of the largest urban uprisings in US American history.  For several days after a Simi Valley jury let the Los Angeles police officers who beat and tasered Rodney King go free, residents throughout LA county expressed frustration, anger and sadness; marched, walked, and ..
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Unleashing Rage and Yearning for Liberation: The Real Lessons of Dr. King for Urban Uprisings

By Chris Crass Let’s be clear, when those in power and their media call for people to be “peaceful” in the face of endemic and sanctioned racist state violence, they aren’t calling for a return to disruptive and militant non-violent direct action unleashed by the Civil Rights movement, even if they insultingly call up Dr. ..
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Baltimore is About the Future of Human Dignity

By Chris Crass Mass uprisings, including property destruction, when coming out of communities who have exhausted every other means to address grievances, and have had violence dealt back to them, every time – such uprisings are justified, rational, strategic, necessary, and those taking to the streets of ‪#‎Baltimore‬ are taking far more responsibility for the future of ..
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Note to a White Anti-Racist Struggling with Resistance

  By Chris Crass Note to a white anti-racist struggling with white resistance in his mostly white church to ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬: you and I and other white anti-racists need to believe in the potential of white people.Read More »

Racist Policing is About Ruling Class Power

By Chris Crass The ‪#‎WalterScott‬ police murder is a tipping point in the fight against racism in policing and the criminal justice system. Two key objectives that‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ advances is to make sure we’re not talking about removing racist bad apples, but changing laws, policies and institutions that further structural racist violence and move towards structural racial justice.Read More »

Unitarians Throwing Down for Racial Justice

  By Chris Crass Hearing about ways that UUs are throwing down in the Black Lives Matter movement is deeply inspiring. And while the UUs are majority white, there are also large numbers of Black UUs and UUs of color who are throwing down big all around the country. Here are some of the ways UUs are ..
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To Nourish and Sustain Us: A Poem on the Third Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Murder

  By Chris Crass On the 3rd anniversary of Trayvon Martin being murdered by George Zimmerman, here’s a poem I wrote soon after the verdict clearing all charges was announcedRead More »

Revolution is the Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting: MLK and Collective Liberation

  By Chris Crass Martin Luther King, Jr. day is a celebration, honoring of, and re-commitment to Black Freedom struggle.Read More »

Broken Windows and Black Liberation

  By Chris Crass Now that the NYPD slow down is further exposing how broken windows theory is both about generating city revenue from the poorest communities and isn’t necessary, the next step is massive lay offs of police to begin balancing out from the years of massive expansion of policing in NYC.Read More »

Should Anarchists Vote?

  Chris Dixon ends his recent book Another Politics:  Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements with a series of questions that are meant to confront and guide the direction of future organizing projects.  Some of these questions have to do with electoral politics:  How should people dedicated to anti-authoritarian politics relate to this sphere?Read More »

Thoughts Following the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival Riots

brown  By Chris Crass I pray for the days when white college students riot against racist policing, riot against mass incarceration and rise up in love and rage for the ways that we, as white people, have been sold a pack of white supremacist lies.Read More »

Justice for John Crawford: Treating Black Men as Human Beings and Not as Animals

By Chris Crass While white people in open carry states walk around with real guns, John Crawford, a Black man, is murdered by cops for holding a toy gun in Walmart, which he picked up off the shelf. The white man who called the police has since admitted that he lied about Crawford threatening people ..
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Learning from June: New Self-Love and Respect

  By Chris Crass “I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.” – June Jordan Read More »

Men Need to Co-Create Feminist Liberation

  By Chris Crass For all of us who have been raised with male entitlement, backed with the threat of socially condoned or ignored (unless video taped) violence, we must take pause in this moment to re-commit ourselves to NOT be abusers, to NOT use violence (physically or emotionally) in our families and communities, and ..
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Let Us Be Tender and Powerful

  By Chris Crass I feel it in my body. I feel it circling, at times weeping, other times screaming, around the beginning and ending of my wandering thoughts. The pain and trauma of the injustice and devastation this Summer has experienced.Read More »

Everyone Can Wear Dresses

  By Chris Crass “If anyone says ‘boys can’t wear dresses’, tell them that everyone can wear dresses and lots of boys in your family wear dresses,” I explained. My son, River, picked out one of his dresses to wear to pre-school today.Read More »

The White Community Must Be Divided

darren-wilson-rally1  By Chris Crass A nearly all white rally supporting police officer Darren Wilson chant “shoot, shoot, shoot”, in response to a nearly all Black rally chanting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”. This is America, and this is why the “white community” must be divided, and every person racialized as white who can be saved from ..
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We Need White Anti-Racist Activists

By Chris Crass The murder of Michael Brown and the People’s Movement in Ferguson have again shown that we need visionary, strategic, and dynamic white anti-racist organizers, leaders and activists to move large numbers of white people away from the status-quo worldview and agenda of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy and towards collective liberation.Read More »

What Does "Peace" Mean in Ferguson?

crass  By Chris Crass So I’m seeing all these pictures from last night of adults trying to convince young Black people to leave the streets and only protest during the day in Ferguson, and this is being heralded by the police and mainstream media as “helping bring peace to Ferguson“.Read More »

Ferguson on my Mind

riotBy Chris Crass Rioting throughout history, by oppressed peoples against injustice, has been one of the most effective ways to make positive changes in society. Regularly rioting takes places after all avenues have proved ineffective.Read More »

Interview: Chris Crass

Chris Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation.  He gives talks and leads workshops on campuses and with communities and congregations around the U.S. and Canada, to help support grassroots activists efforts. He balances family with his public political work and believes ..
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Soldiers No MORE in the War Against Women: A Call to Men

crassA Call to Men to Help End the Nightmare of Misogyny by Chris Crass / (First published in EarthFirst! Newswire) There is a war against women, and men and boys are trained everyday to be the soldiers. Misogynist violence isn’t the biological imperative of men. Misogyny, the worldview that engenders, validates, and normalizes violence against ..
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