The membership and leadership at Indivisible Kentucky want to be good allies, in solidarity and in relationship with those who are marginalized and oppressed. However, in the 65 days since our first meeting, we realize that we have not done enough.
The reality is that our leadership and our membership are all at different places in the journey to understand how intersectionality is inextricably linked with politics. In our efforts to be good allies, we sometimes say things that turn out to be harmful. And then we get defensive and inevitably make things worse.
As a result, we have decided to take concrete steps to educate our leadership and our membership in the areas of privilege, anti-racism, anti-oppression and cultural competency.
From The Indivisible Guide
“We strongly recommend making a conscious effort to diversify your group and particularly to center around and defer to communities of people who are most directly affected by the racism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, and antipathy towards the poor of the Trump administration.”
We have made the upcoming Multiply & Mobilize training, beginning next week, mandatory for all our leadership. This training is being conducted by AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance) and will help give us a shared experience and common framework around which we will continue to build. We are committed to viewing our work through the lenses of privilege and intersectionality as we grow our organization.
Louisville does not need another majority white, progressive organization. We do, however, need a culturally competent organization that lives our progressive values of respect, equality, and solidarity. We hope to become that organization.