One of our members was so inspired by our GivingTuesday campaign to better compensate People of Color that he offered up to $1,000 in matching donations to anyone who gives toward this cause this month.
Please give any amount today and help us reach our goal. Here is why we need your help:
It is my responsibility as the director of this organization and as a white person to do all I can to stand with the People of Color who are central to this work and to compensate them as equitably as possible. Without them, our work is bogus and perpetuates exactly what we are trying to undo -- racism and white supremacy. My co-workers deserve better than what we can currently offer them.
White folks who are receiving this email, here is an opportunity to offer financial reparations to Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).
In recognition of the oppression that BIPOC are surviving, even while doing the work to address said oppression, we must increase their compensation. They are experts and as such should be given more money and generous benefits.
I don't think it's possible to fully compensate BIPOC for dealing with racism. But we could do a LOT better than we do. Click here to be part of this campaign.
We have lost staff members, board members, and facilitators because doing this work is toxic and we don't offer (or pay enough for) the level of self care and healing that it requires. If we are to be a truly anti-racist organization, we need to be doing the internal work more rigorously than we do the external work.
If we do not increase pay and add benefits, it is unlikely that those who are most impacted by oppression will work at PJC long term.
Please help us reach the full matching donation of $1,000 this month. Here are the things that money will support:
1. Wellness package for our staff members of color including Zumba, yoga, sauna, bodywork, and fitness classes
2. Increasd pay for all the POC we work with
3. Contracts with external POC leaders
4. Expansion of our Racial Justice Advisory Committee to pay for mileage, childcare, and wage compensation for POC who otherwise could not join us
Thank you for contributing to the PJC's POC compensation packages.
Rachel (on behalf of the PJC staff, board, advisory committee, and facilitator team)
P.P.S. Remember, if you donate this month, your donation will be doubled!
P.S. Any contribution of $15 or more to this campaign, will also make you a member of the PJC which enables us to do our work long term. We currently have 650 members and you could be the next person to join our people powered work!