Threads of Justice Collective
OUR VISION IS FOR PEOPLE TO ACHIEVE HUMAN LIBERATION, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE THROUGH COLLECTIVE ACTION.
Two key goals frame the work of the Threads of Justice Collective:
- Bringing together representatives of communities facing specific struggles throughout the region.
- Providing education, awareness and strategies for people in dominant groups to become allies for social and economic change.
We will accomplish this work through:
- Convening people with shared experience and interest to work together to identify and solve issues of injustice.
- Facilitation workshops and educational training sessions;
- Participatory research that affirms and documents the knowledge, concerns, and struggles of the people with whom we work.
Current and ongoing efforts by the Threads of Justice Collective include:
Freedom Camp – an annual educational event held on the Dr. King holiday for children and adults. We teach about the civil rights movement and help children make connections to social justice activism in their communities today.
Anti-Bias Research Project – a participatory research project involving ECE staff, interviews and self-assessment to determine the status of the implementation of anti-bias education in Oregon.
Anti-bias Support Group for Teachers -inspired by the Jan. 2015 ECE Forum hosted by TOJC, this group continues to meet monthly in the Portland area.
Annual ECE Social Justice Conference – 2017 will be the second “annual” Threads of Justice Conference to be held Jan. 27-28, 2017. We co-sponsor this event with Wild Lilac Child Development Center.
The Donna McDowell Scholarship Fund – TOJC created this fund one year ago in memory of our Board Member that we lost to cancer several years ago. This scholarship is designated to provide financial stipends for people from marginalized communities to attend the ECE Social Justice Conference and/or to support trainings that will increase the number of people in the Oregon Child Care Trainer’s Registry that have strong anti-bias/anti-oppression backgrounds.
Another endeavor was to launch a fund-raising effort called, “G” Growing “P” Provider “S” Skills & “S” Support. GPS (S) will be targeted to support professional development, new start-up ECE Programs, and networking for Providers who serve populations targeted by oppression in our society. We are hoping to grow this fund in the coming years with the possibility of selecting one person each year and supporting their start up costs, a mentor or coach to work with them and allies in business, licensing and professional development. However, to start out right away, our very first objective was to purchase 12 copies of the book “Cultivating the Genius of Black Children” for the African American Family Child Care Network for their study group project which they will be doing, facilitated by Hadiyah Miller this year.
Our very newest Project will be in collaboration with the Rockwood Center, to offer "GirlSpeak"( Books and Resources) for girls age 10 -13 this Summer (2018). Details coming soon.
THREADS OF JUSTICE COLLECTIVE BOARD MEMBERS ARE: QAHIRA BARTON, LAURA CZARNIECKI, MIKE MCDOWELL, HADIYAH MILLER, HOMA MIAZAD AND KATIE KISSINGER
This is the non-profit group that sponsors:
Threads Of Justice ECE Conference
Donna McDowell Scholarship
Fund for Growing Provider Skills
Anti-bias Support Group for Teachers