Hey people with privilege, you need to be OK with making mistakes and being called out — Nonprofit AF

Several years ago, my friend Lea Gilmore invited me to join a (now-defunct) group called Moving Maryland Forward Network, a kind of experiment in harnessing the experience and strengths of individuals engaged in various aspects of progressive social justice activism. Network members educated each other about the ways diverse communities experience social injustice–and we held each other accountable for sensitivity and inclusion in our activist work.  As someone who considered himself a leader in the fight for justice for all, I  was frequently surprised (and embarrassed) by how little I understood about the needs of others.  The lessons I learned were challenging and sometimes painful. However, they have helped me to become much more effective as social justice activist and ally.

The following essay by Vu Le at Nonprofit AF speaks to the importance and necessity of such uncomfortable education. Here’s hoping I always remain open to these lessons moving forward… -DR

Hi everyone, before we begin this week’s post, a quick announcement: If you’re in Seattle, the community-centric fundraising summit originally scheduled for September 27th has been postponed until likely Spring 2019 so we can incorporate the lessons gained from the amazing pre-summit gathering of fundraisers of color last month where we discussed the intersection of…

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