Manju Rajendran

AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance)
Manju Rajendran is a facilitator with AORTA, a worker cooperative devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. Manju brings 22 years of local, state, regional, and national-level experience in popular education, healing, strategy, organizing, fundraising, and communications. Manju also works for Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe, her family's food justice restaurant. She serves on boards of the War Resisters League and ACLU of North Carolina. Manju is a queer, working class, South Asian immigrant woman who grew up in North Carolina. You can stay in touch: manju(at)aorta(dot)coop

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