Dispatch from WDN’s Allies for Racial Justice Program

WDN is holding a training in nine US cities this year, called Allies for Racial Justice.  The training is focused on the role of progressive philanthropists in supporting the social justice movement.

We believe that progressive philanthropy is an important supporting pillar of the progressive movement, and we know that how we show up, or don’t, as an ally for the activists doing the work that we care about, matters.  We want to walk our talk, and this training is helping us to do just that.

The training has really helped our members by defining what it means to be an ally, and to talk about specific instances where our members have been allies to those in the movement, and how we could do even better in the future.  We also discuss our own formative experiences of race and class, and how that informs how we think about these issues today.

We also talked about how to initiate and respond to difficult conversations involving our blind spots where race and class are concerned.

The training is being led by Jenny Ladd and other trainers from Class Action.  Jenny is a former WDN member and we have enjoyed working with her.

Pictured above are some of our Bay Area members at the Allies program in Berkeley.

We have done the training so far in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York, and have upcoming trainings in Denver, Santa Fe, Boston and Austin.

Prospective members are welcome; please join us!

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