When I first began my antiracism journey in 2009 I knew how racism oppressed and marginalized people of color. Along the way, I learned how white privilege advantaged me as a white person and began learning ways to undo my implicit racial bias. One way I continue that path is by working with the Antiracism Anti-Oppression Multicultural Committee (ARAOMC) at People’s Church. This committee’s purpose is to organize and promote the work of claiming and developing an antiracist multicultural identity fully integrated across all aspects of the church. This is what the four quadrant Organizational Development for Social Change (ODSC) model calls Organizational Development or “inside organizing.”
As part of the Community Organizing or “outside organizing” quadrant of this model, I became a member of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP. One of the tenets of being an antiracist ally is to be accountable to people of color. Attending monthly General Membership meetings, paying a yearly fee to be a member and attending the yearly Freedom Fund Banquet which financially supports the activities of this organization is how I hold myself accountable to our local people of color community.
If you too are looking for a way to be accountable and support local people of color you will have an opportunity to join the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP on March 27 before or after the church service. Wendy Fields, the Second Vice President of the local NAACP, and I will have
a table set up in the foyer with registration forms to fill out. The annual membership dues are $30, for adults.
The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. The NAACP is a volunteer organization whose members are trained to investigate discrimination claims in all areas including education, housing and employment. Contributions to the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch are essential to the work they do in the community. Please join me on March 27 to become a member of this very important community organization. After you become a member we invite you to attend the General Membership meetings and hear community speakers present information on a variety of topics and resources. Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:00pm at the Family Health Center, 117 W. Paterson. If you want to learn more about the NAACP visit www.naacpkalamazoo.org.