Happy New Year
Hello all. Welcome to 2021. We hope you are staying safe and healthy. We’re living in a critical time and change is afoot. There is much work to do to eradicate racism and build new systems that enable justice to occur. We are committed to doing that work collectively, both internally and externally. Thank you for joining us. We want to express our appreciation and gratitude for your engagement and work towards our collective liberation.
As we move into 2021 we are committed and hopeful. We are looking forward to continuing to build ways for people to build anti-racism and restorative justice work into their everyday lives. Our staff is committed to offering tools to members and the broader community to interrupt racism and raise the level of anti-racism practice and commitment. We aim to play an important role in making anti-racism and abolitionist restorative justice work the norm in Madison.
This year we also aim to work towards mending the disconnect between the broader TimeBank mission and our restorative justice and anti-racism work. We are asking questions like how can timebanking itself be more restorative? How is timebanking anti-racist? Throughout 2021 we will be offering activities and events that continue to explore how we as an organization are ensuring that timebanking itself is both restorative and anti-racist. Communities most impacted by injustice will play a prominent role in these conversations and re-imagining activities, as well as in identifying and making decisions around changes that may need to occur to ensure timebanking is equitable and works for everyone. Together we’ll explore things like: What does it look like for White people to step forward as co-leaders in dismantling white supremacy and racism? What do we need to put in place to bring out BIPOC voices and leadership so space, systems, and structures aren’t dominated by White voices? What do we need to adjust to ensure our commitments to anti-racism and restorative justice are woven throughout timebanking and all that we do as an organization? We very much look forward to engaging in these discussions and activities throughout the year.
We are in the process of actively planning a working conference for organizations seeking to dismantle white supremacist culture within their organizations. We are working to address specific needs for organizations wanting to participate. We welcome your questions and input about this conference. Your input and feedback will help in the planning. If you are interested in participating, please connect with Damita at email@example.com. We’ll keep you posted as details become available.