As white women with less education and experience got higher titles and more money, I realized I needed to secure leadership and professional development opportunities for myself.
I believe that the most effective way to create lasting, positive change is organizing directly-affected community members to demand their needs be met.
Six years ago, as a community organizer at 9to5 Colorado, I was with our Board of Directors, leaders, and members talking about paid family medical leave.
When a majority-white school didn’t want fracking, the drilling site was moved next to a majority-Hispanic school. This is an environmental justice issue.
In organizing, we know that power equals organized people and organized money, so getting comfortable with fundraising has been an important to my work.