Through a prism of race, gender, justice and equity, Western States Center works with communities and organizations to build movements, develop leaders, shift culture, and defend democracy.
Movements start with you!
We strengthen the organizing capacity of often-marginalized communities, with a particular emphasis on gender justice, racial justice, and tribal sovereignty work. We reach thousands of people every year in communities nationwide through our work with national, regional, and local partners to hold educational presentations and workshops.
Learn more about our toolkits and resources!
We provide training, leadership development, and organizational capacity support to social movements and leaders committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Over the last year, we convened nine cohorts and networks developing 281 leaders throughout the US and led 89 Schools Toolkit trainers in 26 states and two Canadian provinces.
Envisioning a more inclusive future
Through stories, art, and music, we are fostering a more inclusive future. We convene creatives who use culture as a vehicle for base and power building in non-traditional social change spaces.
Introducing Western States Strategies: An inclusive democracy demands action from us all.
We help communities respond to social movements that exploit bigotry and intolerance. We engaged 28 rapid response interventions, including one federal lawsuit and united 66 local, state and regional electeds against hate and political violence.
How we defend democracy
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