Lydia Pelot-Hobbs

AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance)
Lydia Pelot-Hobbs is a co-founder with AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance). Based in New Orleans, Lydia is a facilitator, writer, and activist-scholar who has organized in various movements for social and economic justice including supporting community-based struggles for affordable housing and prison reform/abolition alongside strengthening solidarity economies. Her writing has appeared in a range of academic and activist venues including Monthly Review, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Southern Spaces, and Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Multiply and Mobilize: Narratives of Resisting Divide and Conquer Tactics in Multiracial Work

The act of dividing potential allies and communities who could come together to rise up is one of the oldest and most infuriatingly effective tricks in the book. Too often anti-racist movements have splintered as a result of not being prepared to counter such moves. A key tool for countering such tactics is learning from the stories of how previous organizations and coalitions have avoided the pitfalls of divide and conquer.

In this workshop, movement activists and elders will join us to tell the stories of historic (and current) moments of successful resistance to efforts to divide our movements for social justice. Through telling stories of multiracial movement building for systemic solutions in North Carolina, New Orleans, and other Southern struggles, will lift up lessons, tools, and strategies we can use as activists, organizers, and community members to collectively combat divide and conquer tactics and to increase our capacity to grow strong and unified movements for collective liberation.

Speakers: Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Manju Rajendran