It’s Takes More Than Hiring People of Color
August 17 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
After the intense and deeply painful rupture of relationships, HFTN had to get honest about the ways that white supremacy functioned in our processes, assumptions, policies, and leadership. That process started over four years ago and we are in the midst of transforming our individual, organizational, and leadership models to focus on racial equity. Here we hope to share the lessons learned from our mistakes, our experiments, and our successful steps including: the development of “Team Liberation” a standing committee focused on enacting personal/organizational reflection and change; the creation of a Co-Director leadership team; and seeking and intentionally supporting leadership of color at the board and staff levels. We do not imagine that we have all of the answers, but it is HFTN’s hope that by being radically transparent about our process and inviting folks to join us, that we can encourage other organizations that this work is not only doable, but vital to our collective liberation. It is easy in our organizations to allow the hugeness of our work to become an excuse for not doing the long-term and incredibly difficult work of unearthing and challenging white supremacy. Rather than seeing this as “extra” work, HFTN is learning to see this work as the heart and life-blood of everything we do, and rather than limiting us, it is opening our work to new liberative possibilities. Using practices of radical honesty, story-telling, and humility we’ll explore:
•How do white-led reproductive freedom organizations often embody and enact white supremacy?
•What can be learned when and organization recognizes this harmful fact and seeks to address and change it?
•What practices, tools, and resources that can be used for individual and organizational change focused on unearthing and addressing white supremacy?