Class Matters Workshops

Download this brochure for more information on Class Matters workshops.

If you're interested in hosting a workshop, please click here for a brochure, or contact me about booking an event.

Order Class Matters

Class Matters book cover

Order Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists by Betsy Leondar-Wright (New Society Publishers, 2005).

Press Coverage of CM

Classist Comments

What's the most classist thing you ever heard someone say?

(I'm not talking about someone like Bill O'Reilly or your right-wing uncle. More specifically, what's the most classist thing you ever heard a liberal or progressive person say?)

Read five interviewees' answers — and my own.

Class and Other Identities

How do you experience class differently because of your race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, or other identity? What class dynamics do you notice within your identity groups?

Here's how a few visitors answered those questions:

And answers from the Class Matters book:

Invisible Walls

What keeps working-class people out of coalitions?

The wall of language:

I speak two languages: one I use in my own community and family and one I have had to learn in order to communicate with formally educated middle-class people ... We must begin to honor each other's languages and accept different voices if we are going to build a winning movement ...

The wall of assumptions of knowledge:

People often wrongly assume that others have the same understanding and information about a problem or issue that they do ... When I first became active in the peace movement, I always left meetings feeling stupid because the group seemed to share information that I did not have ...

The wall of simple logistics:

Physical accessibility ... transportation ... child care ... time of meetings ... membership fees ...

The wall of meeting format and organizational structure:

Structure is critical to people's ability to participate and feel included ... In many groups, a lack of explicit structure means that only those people who feel comfortable talking (usually people with privilege) will do so. It's not that low-income people have nothing to say, we just feel that we don't have a way in ...