Statement on Equity
In order to support connected, climate-resilient and healthy communities for all, Daily Acts commits to championing policies and programs that empower underrepresented people in the co-creation of an abundantly diverse, inclusive and equitable world.
Our Definition of Equity
Equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure all people receive fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources, are decision makers in the development of policies and programs, and are supported by efforts to identify and eliminate barriers to participation. “All people” includes, but is not limited to, those who have been historically underrepresented based on language, race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, and/or religion.
Acknowledgements and Affirmations
- We recognize and hold deep gratitude to the original land stewards in Sonoma County, the Southern Pomo, Kashia Pomo and the Coast Miwok. We uplift traditional ecological knowledge as a model for how we can live in regenerative relationships with our ecosystems and wildlife.
- In the United States, historical systems of power granted land ownership and access unequally such that current land access remains inequitably dispersed. Efforts to preserve and protect our environment are reflective of the cultures of colonialism, capitalism, patriarchy and white supremacy in which they developed. The resulting systems of power and privilege must be continuously addressed, shifted and equitably shared.
- We acknowledge whiteness is a socially constructed concept and that white supremacy is the belief, ideology, paradigm, institutional system and/or worldview that white people are superior to people of other races.
- We believe everyone deserves equal access to a safe space to gather, build connections and grow medicine, food and habitat, which is essential to the long-term viability of people and planet.
- We must all hold ourselves accountable, because continuing to learn how to see, acknowledge and challenge inequality while working in partnership is how we will make change happen. Equity is a process as well as an outcome.
Our Commitment to Process and Action
To provide informed, authentic leadership for equity, our priorities are to:
- Acknowledge and assess how to dismantle inequities within our policies, programs and services while sharing our process with the community.
- Initially we will focus on equity work within the issue of race, class/socioeconomic status and youth. We will work to continue to educate ourselves and remain aware of how issues of inequity arise from other social identities such as ability, citizenship status, gender orientation, gender, and gender identity.
- Conduct an organizational assessment of our policies, programs, culture and governance.
- Evaluate organizational assessment to develop training goals for Board and Staff.
- Pursue cultural consciousness throughout our organization. Do this by integrating systems of listening and feedback from historically underrepresented communities, and membership organizations that represent them, into our everyday interactions.
- Share our ongoing process and commitment to prioritizing equity in our organization.
- Listen and respond to the needs of underrepresented communities by creating accessible channels for folks to give ideas, suggestions, requests and/or feedback.
- Identify ways to embrace and learn from the existing diversity on our Board and staff and seek ways to recruit and retain Board/staff members who contribute ideas, experiences and perspectives not currently represented.
- Grow the proportion of our programming that directly benefits underrepresented members of the community.
- Expand our partnerships with membership organizations comprised of underrepresented communities.
Integrating Equity into our Work
We recognize that to dismantle systems of inequity we must support our people, evolve our organization and align our programs with the needs of our community. Below highlights the work we have done to date in these efforts:
- Staff Training
- Program staff participated in a 2-day equity training in 2017.
- Full staff and Board participated in a 4-day cultural competency training in 2017.
- Executive Director completed a 1-day anti-racism training in 2014.
- Staff participated in 8-week Center for Mind-Body Medicine training to bring increased self-awareness and hold space for courageous conversations within the team.
- Internal Organizational Efforts
- Created Board Fellowship program to promote diverse perspectives within our Board leadership.
- Formed an Equity Committee comprised of Board and Staff.
- Our Work Through Coalitions
- Core member of Just Resilience Collaborative for two years with Norcal Resilience Network, Transition U.S. and Bay Localize/Rooted In Resilience.
- Advocated for equitable climate action to be made a top priority for the City of Petaluma through Climate Action Petaluma, and supported a training on Environmental Justice led by the North Bay Organizing Project.
- Our Programs in the Community
- Integrated discussions on power and privilege in Leadership Institute for a Just and Resilient Community program.
- Hosted bilingual and Spanish language workshops.
- Installed gardens that benefit previously homeless veterans at Veterans Village, previously homeless families at Park Village, and first-time homeowners at Habitat for Humanity.
- Installed landscapes alongside people who lost their homes during the 2017 fires.
- Implemented the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan Disadvantaged Communities Outreach Program.
- Installed of gardens at 8 low income schools.
- Partnered with Conservation Corps North Bay, which serves disadvantaged youth, on 30 landscapes in 30 days transformation.
- Created a procurement policy that prioritizes food purchases that are Fair Trade, local and organic directly from the farm as well as using recycled materials.
What we have found helpful in this work:
- Organizational Resources
- The Western States Center – Racial Justice Organization Assessment Tool
- Americans for the Arts – Cultural Equity Framework
- Green 2.0 (Formally the Green Diversity Initiative) – Beyond Diversity: A Roadmap to Building an Inclusive Organization
- Resources for the Individual
- Dismantle Collective – Resources for White Allies
- Environmentalism’s Racist History, Jedediah Purdy, The New Yorker, August 13, 2015.
- “’Bees, not refugees’: the environmentalist roots of anti-immigrant bigotry,” Susie Cagle, The Guardian, August 16, 2019.
- (Podcast) Scene on Radio: Seeing White Podcast Series, John Biewen, Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, Loretta Williams, 2017.
- (Podcast) Tim Wise: The Pathology of White Privilege [Ep. 162], Podcast with Tim Wise, Next Economy Now, June 4, 2019.
Your Voice Counts
Do you have ideas, suggestions, requests or feedback? We want to hear from you! Voices and perspectives from historically underrepresented are encouraged and welcome. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to help us deepen into our commitment.