Since 1986 Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training (formerly Crossroads Ministry) has been providing organizing, training, and consulting to institutions striving to dismantle racism. This includes analyzing internal policies and procedures that maintain white power and privilege, and helping to create an intervention strategy to dismantle oppressive systems. A key strategy for institutional organizing is creating internal antiracism teams. Through this work we also strive to create and strengthen structures of accountability to People and Communities of Color and other socially oppressed groups, both within the institution and in the wider community.
Racism is a form of oppression that intersects with other forms of oppression (e.g. sexism, heterosexism, classism and ableism) in complex ways, therefore resistance to racism requires resistance to all other forms of oppression. Antiracism is an inclusive and anti-oppressive framework that addresses the intersections of oppression in order to address the full complexity of dismantling racism. When organizing around other systems of oppression takes into account how racism operates within those systems, fighting for all forms of social justice is more effective.
GOVERNMENTAL/MUNICIPAL: City of Seattle (WA), Kalamazoo County (MI), Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, Cook County (IL) Department of Child and Family Services, Forsyth County Department of Public Health (NC), City of Springfield (IL), Kalamazoo Public Library (MI)
EDUCATIONAL: Racine Unified School District (WI), Kalamazoo Public Schools (MI), Office of Catholic Schools – Archdiocese of Chicago, Oakton Community College (IL), Kalamazoo Public Schools (MI), Western Michigan University, City Garden Montessori (MO), St. Cloud State (MN), Kalamazoo Valley Community College (MI), New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NJ).
FAITH-BASED: Multiple Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Greater Milwaukee, Metro Chicago, North/West Lower Michigan, Southeast Detroit, Southeast), N. Texas Conference and Western Pennsylvania Conferences of the United Methodist Church, Archdiocese of Chicago, Multiple Episcopal Dioceses (Alaska, Boston, Chicago, New Jersey and Pennsylvania), Trinity Church – Boston, Pax Christi USA, Call to Action, Numerous communities of Women Religious (Community of St. Joseph; Sisters of Mercy of the Americas; Springfield, Sinsinawa and Adrian Dominicans), Unitarian Universalist Association, Mennonite Central Committee
NONPROFITS: YWCA Southwest/Delta Region, YWCA of Chicago, Highlander Center, Springfield IL Chamber of Commerce, St. Dominics Health System (MS), SOA Watch
Listen to Executive Co-Director Robette Dias’ interview on “How to Talk About Race” Commonwealth Journal hosted by Janis A. Pryor. (Aired 11/15/09 on WUMB, a National Public Radio affiliate owned by the University of Massachusetts.)
Crossroads was founded by Executive Director Emeritus Rev. Joseph Barndt and Rev. Susan Birkelo to develop new directions in understanding and combating the root causes of institutional racism. Joe has written extensively on racism, including “Understanding & Dismantling Racism: the Twenty-first Century Challenge to White America” (2007). A retired Lutheran pastor, he resides in Watsonville, CA and continues writing, training and organizing to dismantle racism.