We are a community-based educational initiative on religion, culture and participatory democracy. We encourage a healing-centered approach to community-building that recognizes the interconnectedness of spirit, creativity and citizenship.
Our materials and programs are designed to support reconciliation, nonviolent social justice organizing and an appreciation for the value of indigenous and folk wisdom for contemporary times.
Spirit and Struggle is where we share stories and encouragement from global artistic, ritual and activist traditions. As our co-founder, Vincent Harding, loved to sing, “We Are Building Up A New World” – and we hope you who are visiting this site will take some strength and inspiration for the work ahead of us from the examples you find here.
In the photo above, from November 2015, Makota Valdina Pinto — an esteemed elder in the Angola Candomblé tradition — offers popcorn in a rite of cleansing and blessing to participants in an annual ma...