Solidarity Fundraiser with National Domestic Workers ALLIANCE
Celebrate our birthday by joining our first solidarity funding campaign!
Organizing White Men for Collective Liberation (OWMCL) began one year ago on a national call with over 250 people. We’re proud of this young network and all of the opportunities for connection, growth, and organizing we have created together over the last twelve months. On our first anniversary, we’re excited to launch OWMCL’s first-ever solidarity funding campaign!
For this first campaign, Organizing White Men for Collective Liberation (OWMCL) is partnering with the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). Money raised by OWMCL will go directly to domestic workers in need via NDWA’s Coronavirus Care Fund, which provides immediate financial support to domestic workers during this crisis. Domestic workers often do not have access to healthcare, labor protections, or government assistance, putting them in a uniquely dire economic position.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance is a coalition of organizations representing overwhelmingly women of color. Working-class and poor women of color experience many layers of oppression and are at heightened risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are on the front lines, working in food services, warehouses, and hospitals. Others have lost work and are struggling to pay rent, food, and other necessities, especially domestic workers like those served by NDWA’s Coronavirus Care Fund.
Meanwhile, white supremacy and patriarchy disproportionately create more financial, housing, and health security for white men. We can show up collectively by moving money to those facing sudden unemployment or unfair compensation for their labor – often because of white men! Moving money to domestic workers allows them to stay home, safe, and to continue to provide for their families. OWMCL is aiming to raise $5,000! Donate here at this OWMCL-specific fundraising page. Please share widely with your networks! Specifically, please personally reach out to five white men in your life asking them to support domestic workers.
Collective Care Guide for White Men during COVID-19
The Corona-virus pandemic is a scary and uncertain crisis forcing many of us to stay at home and distance ourselves from other people while others are forced to choose between their own health and feeding and sheltering themselves and their families. Among those of us staying home, many have the added stress of losing our jobs or having our income reduced. This has led to elevated stress, depression, and crisis for many, with Black, Indigenous and other people of color, immigrants, women, trans, nonbinary, poor and working class folks being hit the hardest by the pandemic. White men are susceptible to a particular type of painful isolation that makes us vulnerable to depression, self-medication with alcohol and other drugs, and suicide. To make matters worse, we have been socialized to turn our confusion, pain, anger, and frustration into verbal, emotional and physical harm against ourselves and others. It is deeply important that white men take care of themselves and each other mentally, emotionally and physically at this time and neither hurt or allow others to hurt those in our communities.
We need to use this crisis to dismantle white patriarchal roles, practice collective care, and create a network of support for white men so we don’t add to the emotional labor burden women, trans and non-binary folks, and Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC) often carry. In crisis, it becomes critical to learn how to self-assess and take better care of ourselves precisely so that we can show up in fullness and liberation. It is also essential we reach out to other white men to offer connection and support, as well as inviting each other into communities of mutual aid and support. The onus is on us white men to develop new habits and skills as we respond to crisis in a liberated and liberatory spirit. We must step up at this time for decarceration, single-payer health care, debt relief for all, and direct government support for those in need. We must also survive and thrive for ourselves, for our own wellness, and enrich the movement in solidarity with our BIPOC, trans and non-binary, and women leaders.
OWMCL has created the “Resource Guide for White Men During Time of COVID-19”. Please download this guide, read it and share with other white men.