National Domestic Workers Alliance

Sunstorm

Sunstorm is a vehicle to bring together narrative power for working class women with political power building efforts that can change the composition of our municipal and state legislatures in 2018 and 2020. Sunstorm is an independent project of the Domestic Worker Legacy Fund.

Sunstorm refers to a rare weather pattern, common in the American South and some parts of the midwest, when the sun shines through in the midst of a powerful rain or hail storm. A dangerous political force has taken over our federal government — a force which is anchored in  racism, xenophobia, sexism, isolationism and tied to a radical form of capitalism. That force now controls all three branches of government and two thirds of statehouses throughout the country. Less than a full week after the transition to a new administration, directives with severe consequences for every community but the super elite, our planet, and our economy have been made law. They aim to rollback everything we have fought for and won over the last few decades, so indeed, when it rains, it pours.

Sunstorm is intended to be the sun that shines through the rain. Now more than ever, we need a vehicle that can get information to masses of people that gives them a sense of what’s at stake, what we’re fighting for, and how they can be involved. We need a vehicle that can elevate the voices of women of color and immigrant women, and position us as culture makers, thought shapers and the portals for a better future for all of us. And we need to combine this narrative vehicle with one that can shift the balance of power in municipalities and in states.

We Dream in Black (WeDIB)

From the Atlanta washerwoman’s strike in 1881 to the original National Domestic Workers’ Union of America in the 1960s and 70s led by Dorothy Bolden, the National Domestic Workers Alliance is proud to carry on the tradition of organizing with Black women and Black communities.

We Dream In Black aims to strengthen and expand our membership of Black domestic workers and amplify their historical and current contributions to the broader domestic worker movement.  Given the legacy of Black women in domestic work, and the ongoing ways in which race shapes the conditions and experiences of workers, NDWA has prioritized building strong organizing projects rooted in Black communities.

NDWA’s vision for a healthy multi-racial democracy, one that includes real opportunity and equity for Black communities, takes into account the particular histories of Black women in the US. To this end, we are investing in developing effective strategies and models for organizing Black domestic workers. Building upon the work of NDWA’s Atlanta-based chapter, as well as the organizing of Afro-Caribbean workers in New York City, we now seek to further develop our organizing of Black domestic workers, support the leadership of Black members, and implement strategies that are culturally relevant and authentic to Black domestic workers.

Projects

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Founded in 2007, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women.

Black Lives Matter

Garza, along with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, co-founded the Black Lives Matter network, a globally recognized organizing project that focuses on combating anti-Black state-sanctioned violence and the oppression of all Black people.

Black Futures Lab

The Black Futures Lab is a vehicle for Black people to build independent political power for Black communities. The Black Futures Lab combines strategies that help us imagine the alternatives we deserve at the local, state and federal level.