101 Online Training: Class Privilege and Activism

Resource Generation organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power. Those of us with class privilege and wealth have many roles to play towards creating a more just world. It’s important that we understand our privilege and power so we can effectively collaborate across lines of class and with movements led by communities most impacted by injustice.

This 101 training is geared toward people with class privilege of all ages and will be most relevant for those in the top 25% of the US economy.*

Part 1 (with video)
Part 2 (with video)

Part 1 (audio only)
Part 2 (audio only)

The training covers two main topics:
1) How to leverage our privilege to support progressive change, and
2) Building our awareness of how class privilege shows up in activism and how to be effective collaborators with people who are poor, working class, and middle class.

*Who is the training for?

The webinar will prepare you to take action for change. It is open to people of all ages, and will be geared toward both people of color with class privilege and white people with class privilege. The content will be geared toward and most relevant to people with class privilege, though people from any class background are welcome to join.

What do we mean by “class privilege”?

Class is a complex category to define. It includes education, jobs, home ownership, income, debt, and your parent’s education, jobs, home ownership, etc. Class can also change over time. The call will be most relevant to people who are currently or were raised upper middle class or wealthy/owning class. *Another rough way to think of this is people in the top 25% of the US economy, or who were raised in the top 25% of the US economy. In 2013, average household net wealth (defined as what you own minus what you owe) for households at the 75th percentile was $316,840 (which includes home ownership).

Resource Generation organizes young people (ages 18-35) with access to wealth and class privilege to work for the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power. We roughly define this as people in the top 10%, or whose families are in the top 10%. If this is you, we want to connect! To do so, fill out RG’s intake form. In 2013 at the 90th percentile, average household net wealth was $946,200. Another way to consider wealth is through income – the top 10% of household income (including stock dividends) starts at $159,000.

If you are a wealthy person of any age and are seeking to be involved in other progressive donor communities, check out our sponsoring organizations: Women Donors Network and Solidaire.