Andrew Batcher

Consulting Coordinator for Social Justice Ministries

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I started working at Cedar Lane in 2014, to consult during a time of transition. I was excited at the opportunity to work in a community setting, where the point is not only to win social justice campaigns but to watch people develop as they follow their passions and challenge themselves to meaningfully engage in the world. I have had the honor of working with Cedar Laners as they engage in work related to Black Lives Matter, immigrant justice, economic justice, voting rights, education, environmentalism, diversity, many service opportunities, local community building, and more.

I began my social justice career with an interest in diversity issues and student rights in High School and college. In 2003 I became heavily involved in the anti-war movement, and worked as a community organizer in Ohio for Corner Books Peace Center. In 2008 I worked as a canvasser and Field Manager who raised money and awareness for the ACLU. In 2011 I worked for Nonviolence International as their Senior Researcher in charge of Training. While at Nonviolence International I also became involved in the Occupy movement, and used training as a way to build community and spread awareness. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations, and a particular passion for training, because I find that training gives us an opportunity to create the world we wish to see within the training room. I have also worked as a Nurses Aid, tutor, dishwasher, and warehouse laborer; and draw from those experiences in my social justice work as well.

As a child I decided that building a better world was my life’s purpose and spiritual calling. I am happy to pursue this calling in a liberal religious setting which allows for a diversity of perspectives; and look forward to the many powerful things we might do together.

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