Embracing joy and anti-racism in the charity sector: Podcast episode details
Anti-Racism in the Charity Sector, Racism, Charities, Fundraising, Funders, Donors, NGO-ification, NGO-ization, Social Movements, Radical Political Action, Community Organizing, Depoliticizing Grassroots Movements, Anti-Racist, Racial Literacy, Institutional Racism, Oppression, White Supremacy, Joyfulness, Anti-Oppression Work, Rebuilding Futures.
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Discover the powerful intersection of charity work, anti-racism, and joyfulness as we engage in an eye-opening conversation with Martha Awojobi, founder of JMB Consulting and curator of BAME Online. Get ready to challenge your perspectives on anti-racism as we dive into the daily commitment required to dismantle racist systems and the necessary steps to decolonize our minds. Trust us, you won’t look at the charity sector the same way again after listening to this episode.
Challenging Perspectives on Anti-Racism in Charity
Our dynamic discussion with Martha Awojobi takes us through the challenges facing organizations working to be anti-racist in the charity sector. We touch on the difference between being not racist and actively fighting against racism, as well as unveiling the complexities of institutional racism and its impact on the work of charities. Martha also shares her personal journey of atonement, learning to maintain authenticity in fundraising and prioritizing grassroots work in the process.
The Role of Joy in Anti-Oppressive Work
Finally, we explore the essential role of joy in anti-oppressive work, discussing the history of resistance movements and how they’ve thrived thanks to their joyful spirit. We also delve into the importance of moving away from guilt and into curiosity when addressing race and how the charity sector can overcome white supremacy culture. This episode is a must-listen if you’re looking to deepen your understanding of race, equity, and joy in the charity sector and beyond. Don’t miss out!
1. Anti-racism is a daily commitment to action, not just an identity. To be anti-racist, we must understand our complicity in racist systems and work to dismantle them.
2. Decolonizing our minds involves recognizing and unlearning the harmful ideologies and beliefs that underpin racism and other forms of oppression.
3. Authenticity in fundraising is vital for maintaining the values and integrity of charities and grassroots organizations.
4. Joy is a powerful and essential component of anti-oppressive work. By embracing joy and curiosity, we can create more effective and sustainable movements for social change.
5. The charity sector must critically examine its own practices and beliefs to ensure that it is actively working toward equity and justice for all.
Embrace Joy and Anti-Racism in Your Charity
As we continue to fight against racism and other forms of oppression, let us remember the importance of joy and authenticity in our work. By staying true to our values, challenging the status quo, and embracing joy, we can create lasting change in the charity sector and beyond.
For more insights into anti-racism, equity, and joy in the charity sector, listen to the full podcast episode featuring Martha Awojobi. And don’t forget to attend the 2023 BAME Online conference, where you can learn from experts and leaders in the field, share your experiences, and help build a more equitable and joyful future for all. Tickets are pay-what-you-can.
Martha Awojobi, is Founder, Director and fearless leader of JMB Consulting. After spending ten years working in the charity and philanthropic sector, she was disappointed to find that the space that she believed could be truly transformational in bringing about the liberation of oppressed groups also perpetuated horrific racism. Leaders were slow to innovate, resistant to name structural racism and reluctant to meaningfully include Black and Brown people in decision making. Instead, they were preoccupied with being seen as ‘good people doing good work’ at the expense of confronting and dismantling the very real racism that their organisations perpetuate.
Martha works in coalition with organisations who share her goal of liberation from oppression through her work at JMB and through #BAMEOnline series which supports fundraisers and founders of colour to navigate the philanthropic sector and generate sustainable income. If you want to know more about Martha Awojobi, you can find them at JMB Consulting, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Introduction to Third Sector Podcast
In the intro to this episode, we speak to Lucinda Rouse to introduce another great podcast for the charity sector, Third Sector Podcast. This podcast is for charity management professionals focusing on issues concerning the management of charities, including expert guests, discussion on the latest sector news among Third Sector’s reporters and a new mini-series of ‘A day in the life of’ interviews.
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