from the Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership

Ed. note: Adrienne Alexander, featured in the podcast, is a former National Council member of Pax Christi USA and keynote speaker at the 2013 Pax Christi USA National Conference in Atlanta, GA.

The Parting the Waters podcast by the Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership (CSPL) explores ways to challenge oppressive societal structures and develop community leaders through grassroots community organizing that is grounded in the Catholic spiritual and theological traditions.

On a recent episode, Your Struggle is My Struggle, hosts Nephtalie Lesperance and Rosette Mamboleo were joined by guests Michael N. Okińczyc-Cruz and Adrienne Alexander to discuss the importance of black and brown solidarity in the work of community organizing. Okińczyc-Cruz currently works as the executive director of the CSPL and Alexander serves as the Director of Intergovernmental affairs for AFSCME in Illinois. Rosette and Neph talk to Michael and Adrienne about an article co-authored for America: The Jesuit Review entitled “Black and Latino Catholics Agree: Our Lives Matter.” Although this episode was recorded pre-formal election results, the Georgia election in January, and the insurrection at Capitol Hill, we at CSPL believe that the insights gleaned from this interview can play a major role in strengthening all community organizing efforts. 

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