Movements for justice are expanding and shifting around us. We must take care of each other and ourselves in these times of resistance and backlash. In recent conversations mapping movement moments and how faith communities can be of use, organizer Elandria Williams used the language of political and spiritual ‘fortification’ as a key need of justice seekers, activists, and spiritually-rooted organizers.

Caitlin Breedlove, Auburn’s vice president of movement leadership and former Campaign Director of Side with Love, uses this frame as she interviews organizers and activists talking about the role of faith in their own lives, reflections and lessons from movement, the current political moment and how faith communities can resource, support and engage with today's leading movements.


Below are links to episodes from the first season of Fortification, brought to you by Side with Love. Click on Fortification - Season 2 for more details about our second season, in collaboration with Auburn Seminary premiering October 2017.


Episode List:

  • Ep. 1: Lena K. Gardner & Rev. Osagyefo Sekou; Gardener is the development director of a Unitarian universalist Congregation; Sekou is the founding Senior Minister of The Freedom Church of NYC.
  • Ep. 2: Dove Kent; Kent is the Executive Director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice in NYC
  • Ep. 3: Reina Gossett; Gossett is a filmmaker and Activist Fellow at Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women
  • Ep. 4: Mab Segrest; Segrest is a feminist writer and activist known for her 1994 autobiography Memoir of a Race Traitor.
  • Ep. 5: Cara Page; Page is a black queer activist and co-founder and coordinator of Kindred Healing Justice collective.
  • Ep. 6: Meg Riley; Riley is a Unitarian Universalist minister at the Church of the Larger Fellowship
  • Ep. 7: Alfredo Gutierrez; Gutierrez is a former AZ senator and founder of Jamieson and Gutierrez, a PR, lobbying, and management firm.
  • Ep. 8: Gabriel Foster; Foster is the director of the Trans Justice Funding Project
  • Ep. 9: Lisa Anderson; Anderson is the vice president of Intersectional Engagement at Auburn.
  • Ep. 10: Malachi Garza; Garza is the director of the Community Justice Network for Youth at the W. Haywood Burns Institute.

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