The Mission of Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training is to dismantle systemic racism and build antiracist multicultural diversity within institutions and communities implemented primarily by training institutional transformation teams and guided by the following principles:
- The work of Crossroads is based upon a systemic analysis of racism and its individual, institutional and cultural manifestations;
- Crossroads seeks to be accountable in its work to those who share a common analysis of racism, and especially to communities of color;
- Crossroads understands its antiracism work to be part of a national and global movement for racial justice and social equality;
- Crossroads recognizes that resistance to racism also requires resistance to all other forms of social inequality and oppression.
This Mission drives our three working groups – Administrative Staff Team, Core Organizer/Trainers and Board of Directors. Our organization is majority People of Color (African American, American Indian Asian American and Latina/o) and minority cisgender* men. There are multiple other layers of diversity including sexual identity, faith/spirituality, age, income, and education.
In addition to our working groups we closely collaborate with Regional Organizing Partners in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
*cisgender ‐ A synonym for non‐transgender, referring to individuals who “have a match between the gender they were assigned at birth, their bodies, and their personal identity” (Schilt and Westbrook) and who “have only ever experienced their subconscious and physical sexes as being aligned” (Serano).