The founding members of the Anti-Oppression Committee recognize that anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism is deeply embedded within our society. We also recognize that institutional violence against Black and Indigenous communities is a reality across our city, country and continent. We also recognize that addressing systemic racism and oppression at Karma starts with recognizing that our membership is substantially less racially and economically diverse than the city in which we exist.
The first goal of the committee is to “Ensure Karma policies and practices set the organization up to be in opposition to and to do the work of dismantling white supremacy, patriarchy, cis and heteronormativity, settler colonialism, capitalism, ableism, and other forms of oppression deemed relevant by the committee.”
In order to achieve these goals, the committee intends to carry out research, in the form of an “anti-oppression audit within Karma, to determine how systems of oppression are present and function within Karma”, and then to make recommendations for training and education, as well as changes to policies and practices within Karma.
Please see the linked Terms of Reference document for more details on the committee’s goals and strategies. The founding committee members recognize that this document will forever be a work-in-progress. We have set things moving in a direction that we believe to be a good one, but we also recognize that we ourselves embody many of the privileges which we see over-distributed within the Karma membership. We welcome everyone, but especially folks from marginalized groups, to join the committee and work with us towards our goals.
If you would like to join us on this committee, or if you feel comfortable sharing your experiences or information about racism or other forms of oppression within Karma, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org