Why are we doing it?
The Campaign for an Anti-Racist DC envisions a District of Columbia in which thousands of individuals and organizations habitually practice anti-racist behaviors. And do so at the same time, at scale and over an extended period of time. We believe an approach like this focused on habit-formation and deep saturation is the only way to bring about sustained change.
Who is doing it?
The campaign is a network of D.C. residents and institutions dedicated to:
1. Affirming the dignity and human worth of all DC residents;
2. Repairing the generational harm caused by racialized systems and policies and;
3. Advancing policy solutions (see accompanying vision paper) that expand social and economic opportunities for DC residents, particularly those from historically marginalized groups.
As currently envisioned, the campaign would be governed by a Coordinating Committee. The committee will have representatives from each of the seven sectors.
1. DC residents
2. DC government
4. Organized labor
6. Nonprofits; and,
7. Civic organizations
Each sector will have representatives selected/appointed by the campaign Core Team. Sector representatives will be individuals rooted in their fields/communities with respect to subject matter expertise and relationships.
What is the Core Team?
The Core Team is a five-person body that consists of: Three co-chairs (or their representatives), one member-at-large, and the Campaign Coordinator. The Executive Office of the Mayor/DC government is an automatic co-chair. With respect to roles, the network sets the overall vision and direction. The Coordinating Committee develops and approves the campaign plan for operationalizing the vision. The Core Team is responsible for making critical and time-sensitive decisions with respect to staffing, resources, and other strategic priorities.
What are we doing?
The Campaign’s four priorities for 2022-2023 are the following:
1. Build the leadership table- a 14-member coordinating committee
2. Cultivate the network by inviting a broad universe of DC organizations and institutions to endorse the vision for an anti-racist DC publicly. The goal would be a minimum of 1000 organizational endorsements across the various sectors.
3. Develop measurable policy goals and practices that help operationalize and socialize the vision. When combined, these policies and practices will seek to eradicate generational and concentrated poverty by concentrating in the areas of education, health, housing/homeless and economic security/well-being.
4.Raise funds and develop an infrastructure to ensure long-term sustainability.
When are we doing it?
This is a ten-year campaing. Built on a series of community conversations to introduce the vision for an anti-racist DC, invite feedback, and advance the four priorities stated above
1. Adopt practices and behaviors.
2. Build a multi-sector community of leaders that co-create goals and metrics to determine the progress and impact.
3. Campaign will be centered around people of color that have lived these experiences.