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Good Trouble

Race To Democracy Colloquy

This colloquy is designed to prepare participants to activate voters in their communities in this critical mid-term election year.


Sessions will be offered by Zoom over three (3) consecutive weeks for an hour and a half each Tuesday evening (7-8:30pm Eastern time).

JCSTS colloquies are about shaping behavior: Learning Partners (JCSTS for “students”) will develop tools to help them understand and analyze the foundations of fully participative democracy and to use those tools to organize others to participate in the democratic process in this mid-term election year.


The colloquy is designed and facilitated by Drs. Charlene Sinclair and Kerry Mitchell-Brown (see their bio’s below). In addition to the 90-minute weekly sessions, participants should plan to spend on 1–2 hours per week to be well-prepared for each session.

Cost: Sliding scale self-determined based on income between $30 and $120 for the access to the three classes and zoom recordings if you are unable to attend a session.

Sliding Fee Guidelines: Please use the following discount codes when you register for the Colloquy.

  • $30 - Household Income above $30,000 per year

    • discount code 75percent scholarship (All One Word)

  • $60 – Household Income above $40,000 per year

    • discount code 50percent scholarship (All One Word)

  • $90  - Household Income above $50,000 per year

    • ​discount code 25percent scholarship (All One Word)

  • $120 – Household Income above $60,000 per year

    • – no discount code necessary                                                      

  • Note: If your income is below $30,000/year or you have special circumstances that make it impossible for you to make the minimum payment, please contact us at to make special arrangements.

Prerequisites and Course Requirements:

  • Learning Partners should have a basic understanding of the implications of structural racism and systems of white supremacy. If you would like a refresher, please take the self-directed Justice Foundations Series course called “Awakening to Structural Racism” (also available on a sliding fee scale) before the first session of this Good Trouble CRT.

  • Learning Partners should expect to put in 2 hours of preparation time each week in addition to the class time. Prep material required will be designed to be accessible to all participants. While the content may be challenging in that it presents ideas that are new, it will be easy to access in terms of academic rigor and offered primarily through podcasts or videos.

Key concepts this Colloquy offers:

  • This Colloquy is structured around the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments. It will challenge Learning Partners to think critically about the fundamental impediments to a fully participative democracy in our country.

  • The emphasis in this course is not just to educate individuals, but to create active advocates who will take direct action to create and protect democratic principles that are crucially important to a functioning democracy in our time.


​Dr. Kerry Mitchell-Brown is an Equity Strategist and Cultural Architect and the Founder/Principal of KMB. Her background in organizational development and social justice advocacy is the foundation for her work with individuals, organizations, and corporations.


Dr. Mitchell-Brown has specialized expertise in evaluating and executing holistic cultural change in organizations focused on realizing sustainable transformation through strategic interventions.

Dr. Charlene Sinclair is the founding director of the Center for Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy (C-RRED) and the program coordinator for the Interfaith Organizing Initiative. Previously, she served as program director for Engaging the Powers at Union Theological Seminary and campaign director for the Center for Community Change.


A community organizer for over 20 years, Dr. Sinclair has helped national and local organizations develop grassroots organizing and political strategies. One of her main areas of interest is dismantling mass incarceration by uniting faith conviction and spirituality in social activism. She serves as a lay minister at the Church on the Hill AME Zion Community. Dr. Sinclair received her Ph.D. in social ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

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