As a group of individuals, we know that we all hold the same core values, including being anti-racist, intersectionally feminist, and queer-affirming. However, we know that this is only a start to creating an organization and physical space that embodies those values. We know that we have to actively combat the forces of capitalism and white supremacy within ourselves and our organization. Some questions that have come up for us as we place our values into action include:
How can the structure of the organization reflect our values around equity and equality?
How can this space be a microcosm of the world we want to see, on every single level of the organization and space?
How can we address inequality on a structural level rather than a surface one?
The current working group is predominantly made up of white, straight, cis-gendered, able-bodied, college-educated, and middle class people. We know we can do better at practicing our values by actively working to expand the voices present in the room.
We're curious about how to practice these values in relation to location, gentrification, and community. We know that community can’t be forced and needs to emerge naturally over time. Through care-taking, trust, and deep listening we hope to build lasting relationships with neighborhoods.