Update to our Volunteer Policy: Antiracism

Update to our Volunteer Policy: Antiracism

The work starts with each of us.

Because we are immersed in a pandemic, we haven’t been able to do regular Volunteer trainings. But we'd like to keep you up-to-date on the Café's policies, so here's a little "booster-shot!"

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As a Café Volunteer, it is essential that you understand Stone Soup's policy on antiracism:

We are committed to the ongoing work of building our beloved community, where all walks of life come together to share nourishment, connection, and learning for body, mind, and spirit.

We know we must work hard to promote solidarity with all our neighbors and challenge colonialism so that we can practice antiracism at all levels of our organization.

In order for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and ALL people affected by racism to feel welcome and have a sense of belonging at the Café, we commit ourselves to the ongoing work of building relationships with all members of our community, especially those most exploited, oppressed, and marginalized.

We will practice antiracism through our daily actions at the Café by intentionally building a culture of inclusivity, justice, and transformation. We will network and reach out to all our neighbors through ongoing education and dialogue, collaboration with partner organizations, and engagement with social movements.

We are dedicated to this process of learning, and becoming antiracist.

This is who we are.

It's hard work, and it's heart work.

It means we will not tolerate racism at the Café. We will work together to learn from each other, and to mend and course-correct for any mistakes we make along the way.

We encourage you to engage in this work with us!

Here are two specific ways to plug in:

  • Join your fellow Stone Soup'ers and sign up for an accountability group! Together we will read (or re-read!) Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. This 28-day journey starts on September 26th. There will be weekly conversations about the book, and daily journaling prompts. Our goal is to get at least 15 folks from Stone Soup to sign up. Let us know if you're in! (Learn more by checking out these FAQs.)

  • Join our Solidarity Committee! We meet on the first Thursday of every month at 1pm. If you’d like to work on creating actionable antiracism policies, we welcome your ideas! Email info@thestonesoupcafe.org to get to Zoom link to the monthly meeting, or to share your thoughts.

Sending you all BIG BIG love,

Jansyn <3

Posted: to Volunteer Newsletter on Wed, Aug 11, 2021
Updated: Wed, Aug 11, 2021