Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Judith Le Blanc

Native Organizers Alliance

Judith LeBlanc is a citizen of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. As the executive director of Native Organizers Alliance (NOA), she has learned many intertribal secrets to good fry bread. She leads a national Native training and organizing network which supports tribes, traditional societies, and grassroots community groups in urban and tribal communities. Judith is part of a growing circle of Indian Country leaders who understand the necessity for an organized, durable ecosystem of Native leaders and organizers who lead with traditional values. NOA leads learning circles, training, and strategic planning sessions to support Native leaders in organizing the grassroots movements for structural reforms, leading to Native sovereignty and racial equity for all. Judith is a board member of IllumiNative and chair of the board of NDN. She was a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow and is a 2022 Fellow at the Instittute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.


Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Racing the Election: Reflections on the Midterms and the Direction Forward

The midterm election will be in our rearview mirror at Facing Race. There will be little time to be depressed or jubilant in the wake of the recent election. Join our esteemed panel of organizers, strategists, and movement thinkers to analyze the midterm elections. From Arizona to Appalachia, what was the impact of grassroots organizing and political power in communities of color? What are the good, the bad, and the ugly realities of the election results? How did racism and racial justice impact the outcome? and how do we plot a course for the post-election period given the challenging course ahead?


Moderator(s): Libero Della Piana Speakers: Rinku Sen, Judith Le Blanc, Alex Gomez, LeeAnn Hall

Presentations from Facing Race 2020

Strategic campaigns — advancing racial Justice

Racial justice strives for full liberation. How to get there from here is the question. This workshop will begin with a framework for evaluating and creating policy demands that advance racial justice. Participants will work together to assess how to build short-term
goals that build leadership and impact the lives of our members while marching down the path toward liberation.

Speakers: Libero Della Piana, LeeAnn Hall, Judith Le Blanc, Rinku Sen, Francis Calpotura