Understanding power

Whether or not we are conscious of it, even our mundane behaviors and actions are greatly influenced by systems of power. How do we define power? What does it look like in action? What seen and unseen power dynamics affect our daily lives?

Activist Graduate School

Online classes for activists.

Activist Graduate School


The Cost of Division with Heather McGhee

Why are African Americans getting hit the hardest by the coronavirus? How racially motivated politics end up creating bad economic policy? An interesting discussion about the true cost of a racially divided nation.

Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes

To Equalize Power Among Us

This guiding document may help equalize relations and create a context that embraces diversity.

Tools for Change

The Purpose of Power

An essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time, from one of the country’s leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter.

Alicia Garza

Five Faces of Oppression

Better understand oppression and how it affects humanity.

Iris Marion Young


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