“…if our source of support doesn’t come from the ‘master’s house,’ from racism, from capitalism, from the United States, where does it come from? I offer that we turn to Nature, or Earth.”
“I’ve been seeking a justice-centered workplace where I can be my authentic, Queer, Trans, Latinx self for my whole career. Like many, I’ve been exploited as an employee and I need a workplace where I am represented, gendered appropriately, and can thrive — what Social Justice Partners Los Angeles terms a ‘liberatory workplace,’ where everyone feels belonging and freedom.”
“How do we honor and uplift our lived experiences of socioeconomic class, and turn them into a source of strength to become fearless fundraisers? I don’t have all the answers, but I do know we should examine how we learned about money as children, because this affects how we operate in the world as adults.
“…it wasn’t until participating in a program to unlearn my racist conditioning — Healing from Internalized Whiteness (HIW) — that I began to view mental wellness beyond a lens of individualized self-care for my own benefit. I now understand the importance of mental health as a foundation for collective antiracism work.”
The Ethical Rainmaker: “The truth about cancel culture (and an alternative approach),” featuring Kevin Baker
Cancel culture. Disbanded groups. Severed ties. Intent vs Impact. Most of us are shit at dealing with problematic behavior – our own or others! Whether in our nonprofits, our neighborhood groups, activist communities or families – our unresolved conflicts cause damage, chaos and separation – in times where we need unity, repair and one-ness to best serve our communities. Enter Kevin Baker whose mission is to make sure people can bring their authentic cultural selves to the workplace, creating healthier, more open workspaces that better serve humans.
A 25-year-old can of soup was an honored relic at a food bank that I worked at — every food bank probably has one. Before each volunteer shift, the volunteer coordinator would go through the instructions for sorting through the industrial size cardboard boxes full of canned and dried donated goods. The shining star of this repetitive presentation was the quarter century year old can that sat on a special shelf next to her office.
Throughout the week I have been hearing these mysterious stories of tiredness, crying fits under blankets, graying and thinning hairs, and general anxiety over work. All of it just sounds like there is a monster chasing us around. For example, have you ever wanted to take a nap during work hours but felt that you couldn’t because eyes were following you? It seems that this conundrum is an illusion because we are often quick to blame ourselves for not getting enough rest.
Well, what if I told you that you should be blaming your employer and the work culture that we’ve been systematically programmed to believe in — rather than yourself?
The Ethical Rainmaker: “The truth about unhoused folks (and harm reduction!) ft. The Sidewalk Project”
Medical violence. Stigmatization. Criminalization. These are just a portion of the harms we, as nonprofits, cause the people we are supposed to serve. That’s why Soma Snakeoil and Stacey Dee created The Sidewalk Project, an organization that advocates for the dignity and rights of people living on the streets. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, have their needs met, and receive medical care, but our unhoused neighbors are often denied even the most basic compassion and dignity.
In this latest episode of the Ethical Rainmaker, learn about some of the shitty practices we perpetuate and how we can instead empower communities that have been systematically harmed and erased
As first generation Asian Canadians, my parents always worked blue collar jobs — from housekeeper, warehouse worker, health care worker, and everything in between. Because of this, growing up, I never had role models in fields like “the nonprofit sector” and certainly not jobs like “executive director.” The nonprofit sector — the idea of working in a sector that doesn’t aim to generate large profits — was so foreign to my parents, Especially since they grew up poor in their home country and then came to Canada for the dream to thrive and be successful.
So seeing their only daughter work in a sector that didn’t fulfil their dream was a bit unexpected for them.