Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM CDT
Saturday July 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM CDT

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 All participants MUST HAVE COMPLETED Crossroads Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop to attend LDI.


Chicago Theological Seminary
1407 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

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Jessica Vazquez Torres & Debra Russell
Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training
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Crossroads Antiracism Leadership Development Institute 


Building Racial Justice in Institutions"

For the 3rd consecutive year the Crossroads network of teams, organizers, trainers, and supporters will be gathering in Chicago from July 16 to 19, 2014 for our annual event on the campus of Chicago Theological Seminary

The theme for this years' Leadership Development Institute (LDI) is "Stronger Together: Building Racial Justice in Institutions." During the gathering participants will explore ways to strengthen our collective power, to work together more effectively and accountably across the lines of difference, to confront the social constructs - both external and internalized - that weaken our movement for racial justice. Through keynote presentations, panels, and workshops participants will explore and learn about ways to make evident the ways in which our movement can be made stronger if we work together in accountable ways.

The registration fee is $560 per person. If three or more people from the same organization register the registration fee becomes $530.  The regular registration rate has been extended until June 30th. 


Leadership Development Institute


(as of 6/6/2014)


 5:30 pm   Registration and Opening Reception

 6:30 pm    Celebrating the Sounds and Sights of Resistance  |  An evening of poetry, music, and images will ground this summer’s gathering in the words, the lyrics, and the visuals of the struggle for justice and against systemic oppression. 

 8:30 pm   Adjourn


8:00 am   Continental Breakfast

 8:45 am   Plenary | “Rebuilding our Collective Courage” | A Keynote by the Rev. Dr. B. JoAnn Mundy, Co-Executive Director of ERAC/Ce 

 10:30am   Workshops Session 1

 12:30 pm   Lunch

 1:30 pm   Workshops Session 2

 4:00 pm   Plenary Working Session | Beyond Trainings:  Organizing to build Strong Anti-Racist Institutions with Kara Bender and Michael Russell  

6:00 pm   Adjourn

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

8:00 am   Breakfast

 8:45 am   Plenary Working Session | Racial Equity Impact Assessments: REDUX with Joy Bailey & Robette Dias 

10:45 am   Break

 11:15 am   Plenary | Debunking the Black-White Racial Binary

 12:15 pm   Lunch

 1:15 pm   Facing Ourselves in the Binary: A Focused Conversation 

 2:45 pm   Break

 3:00 pm   Plenary | Facing Ourselves in the Binary: Insights Gained and Questions that Emerged

4:00 pm    Break

 4:15 pm   Plenary | Identifying Open Space Sessions 

5:00 pm   Open Space Sessions

 6:30 pm   Adjourn

 Saturday, July 19, 2014

 8:30 am   Breakfast

 9:30 am   Plenary | Open Space Sessions Reports

 10:30 am   Break

 10:45 am   Plenary | What Now? Identifying Next Steps for Action

 12:00 pm   Evaluation

 12:15 pm   Re-grounding Ourselves for the Journey

 12:30 pm   Adjourn



Session 1: July 17, 2014 10:30 am to 12:30 pm 

1. Anti-Blackness and the Black/White Binary: Interplay, Internalized Oppression, and White Supremacist Control, facilitated by PaKou Her | This session will explore how anti-Blackness emerges in our organizing, especially as non-Black People of Color attempt to carve out space and increase visibility within the Black/White binary. We will also delve into the ways non-Black People of Color benefit (socially, politically, economically) from anti-Blackness. Participants will dissect theory and practice, and all are encouraged to articulate examples of anti-Blackness in their own racial justice organizing.

2. Anti-Racist Transformative Education and Strategic Organizing - or Why did we just do that workshop?, Facilitated by Carmen Valenzuela & James Addington | This workshop allows us to re-examine the big picture of antiracist education and its role in strategic organizing to transform our institutions. We will ask the questions that are key in the planning and followup of our training events. Participants will gain practical tools, insights and the chance to hear and learn from one another.

 3. A Walking Tour of Hyde Park/Kenwood: Neighborhoods of Native Son and Barack Obama, Facilitated by Joy Bailey and Derrick Dawson | On this walking tour of Hyde Park and Kenwood, we will look beyond the popular historical narrative and explore the dynamic areas of Kenwood and Hyde Park through a lens that does not claim to be colorblind. The tour will be led by Derrick Dawson and Joy Bailey, both residents of Hyde Park/Kenwood. The tour will last approximately 2 hours. Participants should be able to walk at a leisurely pace for that amount of time. The tour will be held as long as weather permits.

4. Governance for the Journey, facilitated by Robette Dias, Chris Dilley, and Thane Joyal | It takes a healthy Stage 3 institution to successfully navigate the journey from 3 to 5 on the Continuum. One of the consistent “dysfunctions” we find with the institutions with whom we organize are ineffective governance structures and practices. This was true of Crossroads several years ago when we had to pause to get our own “governance house in order” before being able to move to Stage 4 on the Continuum. Now preparing to move to Stage 5, we are reflecting back on our governance journey and looking around for healthy models to refer to our colleagues. Two partners in Kalamazoo recently engaged in governance restructure combining policy governance with antiracist principles and values. The results are powerful and promising.

5. Faith Matters: What Might Folks Doing Antiracism Organizing in Religious Communities Learn from Faith Rooted Organizing?, facilitated by Jessica Vazquez Torres | This workshop is aimed at them and seeks to explore how they might apply the principles of Faith Rooted Organizing identified by Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel in their recently published book, "Faith Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World," to strengthen their antiracism work within their judicatory and congregations.

  Session 2: July 17, 2014 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

1. Trauma Informed Pedagogy, facilitated by Chuck Ruehle | The workshop will share information and resources that Coming Together Racine is gathering to help educators see the impact of race and racism on students.

2. From Theory to Action: Building Antiracist Power With Campaign Tactics, facilitated by PaKou Her | This workshop will explore how to build antiracist power and increase organizing effectiveness by wielding tools widely utilized in traditional grassroots and political campaigning: a well articulated Theory of Change; clear goals that will make a real impact on people’s lives and lead toward a vision of transformation; succinct strategies that keep all work grounded; and tactics that are measurable, doable, and on-point.

3. Taking Care of Ourselves so we can be Stronger Together, facilitated by Joy Bailey and Lillie Wolff | In this workshop we will share the practices we as individuals and groups use to sustain ourselves in the work. We will also discuss the traps of cultural appropriation and how to participate in one another’s cultural practices in accountable, life-giving and respectful ways. The workshop will close with a meditative practice.

4. Organizing Confusion: Mistaking Effective Organizing with Wagging Fingers, facilitated by Robette Dias & Jessica Vazquez Torres | In this workshop Crossroads staff will reflect on the ways Crossroads has "turned off" institutions it worked in and will invite participants to ask: what's the difference between living in to transforming values and courageously speaking truth to power and blaming, scapegoating and finger pointing?

5. Ending Mass Incarceration, facilitated by Bill Gardiner | The purpose of the workshop is to provide an analysis of how racism plays out in the criminal justice system and to learn about how people are organizing to dismantle this system. We will be using Michelle Alexander’s TED talk to explore some of the dynamics of these racist policies. We will reflect on the many ways that racism plays out in our criminal justice system today. And we will share examples from the movement that is developing in our country to stop these racist policies.