This course combines theories about race, racism, and social movements with case studies of racial justice organizing efforts to explore contemporary issues surrounding racial oppression. Although racism is the main focus of the course, we will incorporate an intersectional approach that accounts for interlocking systems such as sexism, classism, ableism, and so on. We will explore shifting forms of racial oppression in the US and look at how people are combating oppression through cross identity collaboration and organizing. In addition, we will learn about different regional not-for-profit organizations addressing racism through intersectional approaches (including Soul Fire Farm, The Root Social Justice Center, Vermont Workers Center, and Nuestras Raíces). Through classroom dialogue, classroom visits from community organizers, and written assignments, students will engage in reflection about their positions in the matrix of racial oppression and devise strategies to “stand up” for racial justice in the form of their campus and/or non-profit work.