Fortification: Spiritual Sustenance for Movement Leadership is a Podcast featuring Caitlin Breedlove, Vice President, Movement Leadership at Auburn Seminary interviewing movement leaders, organizers and activists.

Fortification is a joint project of Auburn Seminary and Side with Love, a campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Fortification can now be found on iTunesGooglePlay and SoundCloud and Stitcher.


Teaser: Background with host Caitlin Breedlove

Ep. 1: Susan Raffo, People’s Movement Center - Part One

Ep. 2: Susan Raffo, People’s Movement Center - Part Two

Ep. 3: Andrea Ritchie, organizer, researcher and lawyer. Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, and advocacy around criminalization of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color over the past two decades. She recently published Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color now available from Beacon Press.

Ep. 4: Jessica Byrd, Founder and Chief Doer of the Three Point squad. She founded Three Point Strategies in 2015 to provide a home for electoral strategy that centers racial justice and is transformational rather than transactional.

Ep. 5: Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Prior to her election, she served as Lead Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, Arizona. Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray and Caitlin Breedlove dives into humility, leadership, risk and institutional opportunity and threats.

Ep. 6: Kiyomi Fujikawa is a Seattle-based, mixed-race queer trans femme who has been involved with movements to end gender- and state-based violence since 2001. Her political home is with queer and trans communities of color and organizing to prevent and respond to intimate partner violence.

Ep. 7: Amita Swadhin is a queer, non-binary, femme South Asian American. They are an alchemist, storyteller, educator, organizer and strategist who channels their experience of surviving childhood rape and family violence into efforts to end rape culture and other forms of oppression. More info & support Mirror Memoirs at

This important conversation includes details about childhood sexual assault.

Ep. 8: Krystal Two Bulls, Drop The MIC Campaign Co-Director with About Face: Veterans Against the War and Matt Howard, Co-Director of About Face: Veterans Against the War.

Krystal is an Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne woman who reminds us that what matters is what we fight for, not what we fight against. Krystal is a new member to About Face: Veterans Against the War, having joined in August 2018. She served in the US Army Reserves for 8 years and was deployed to Kuwait in 2009. Krystal is new to the anti-militarism conversation, but has significant knowledge and experience in environmental justice, Indigenous Sovereignty and social justice campaigns. She works to decolonize the approaches and methods that we utilize within movement spaces.

Matt has worked with About Face: Veterans Against the War in various capacities since 2011 including as Chapter president in the Bay area, local organizer in Texas with the Operation Recovery campaign, as Communications Director and currently as Co-Director. He served in the Marine Corps as a helicopter mechanic from 2001 to 2006 and deployed twice to Iraq where he became deeply opposed to the occupations and discovered a commitment to social change work.

Ep. 9: Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a writer, educator and activist whose passion for just social change means she constantly returns to questions racial justice and white anti-racism. Jen Harvey talks about possibilities for repairing harm caused by historic and current white supremacy, resource redistribution, parenting and more.

Ep. 10: The Rev. John Fife is a retired Presbyterian minister, human rights advocate and a founding patriarch of the Sanctuary Movement. John Fife speaks about the opportunities and challenges faith institutions face in confronting empire, lessons from organizing in Southern Arizona and much more.

Ep. 11: Prentis Hemphill is movement facilitator, Somatics teacher and practitioner, and writer living and working at the convergence of healing, individual and collective transformation, and political organizing. The conversation touches on complicating innocence and guilt, transformative justice practices, movement culture and patterns and much more.