Mobilizing volunteers and leaders to advocate on their own behalf
FBC Organizing Objective
In the last few years, the fight for a racially just budget in DC has brought to the forefront topics such as defunding the Metropolitan Police and affordable child care. However, many Black and native Washingtonians are left out of the advocacy for a variety of reasons.
The Fair Budget Coalition seeks to educate the public on topics that impact the day to day lives of Black and native Washingtonians and inspire them to take action.
FBC Organizing Scope
FBC offers and supports a wide range of organizing activities:
What is Organizing?
Center for Community Change describes organizing as “…the mobilizing of volunteers. Staff roles are limited to helping volunteers become effective, to guiding the learning of leaders through the process, and to helping create the mechanism for the group to advocate on their own behalf. Community organizing almost always includes confrontation of some sort….Community organizing strategies include meeting with corporate or government decision-makers to hold them accountable for their actions, designing programs for others (not the group) to implement that meet the needs of the community, and aggressive group action to block negative developments or behaviors.”
The common thread across FBC organizing: the space to learn, question and talk about social issues with support for impacted groups to create their own ideas of change.
FBC organizing also will strive to center in Black Feminism. Regardless of how DC residents identify, this approach will encourage them to talk about social issues that are inclusive and rooted in dismantling oppressive systems for liberation.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, organizing will leverage digital tools for meetings and campaigns, such as Zoom and social media, even more than pre-pandemic.