We Work. We Black.
When civil rights leader John Lewis passed, he left us with a mandate: “Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.”
His words are not only meant for inspiration, they are a trumpet call for the type of action and collective leadership that this moment requires. We Ready is the National Black Worker Center’s response to the attacks on Black workers.
We Ready is a call to action in which we affirm Black people’s legacy of resiliency and leadership.
We believe that it is important for newcomers to not just follow but to step into their own power as leaders. We Ready joins an organized effort to fight for equal pay and equal opportunity to quality/good jobs. We will replace the negative narrative that says Black people have no agency over their lot in life with the “We Ready” movement.
The creation of a movement of leaders prepares us to fully inhabit the new world we are trying to create. If our efforts to eliminate racism are successful, Black people will have the opportunities we’ve been denied for so long: the opportunity to truly pursue life, liberty and happiness and to live into our full human potential.
Q: How do I know if I’m Ready?
A: Ella Baker, who has often been called the mother of the civil rights movement, once said, “Give light and people will find the way.” This quote represents that knowing if people can see the truth, the problems, the issues, and the possibilities, they will make intelligent, informed decisions that will change things for the better. Look around you in your community and workplace. Are there things that need to be changed? If you can see the problem(s), You Are Ready.
Q: What is the We Ready movement all about?
A: The We Ready movement is about growing a base of thousands of Black people who are ready for change, who look at racism and descrimination and say enough is enough. We Ready is building and training a new majority who will turn the tide in unifying oppressed populations to influence change. We Ready is a movement to build power for Black workers. We will provide training, support, and the tools needed to magnify our voices and connect us one to another until we build the power needed to end the systems that keep all workers in chains.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Get in where you fit in! There are many ways to engage–start at the level where you are most comfortable. Sign the We Ready petition, become a member of the National Black Worker Center, join with others in your state who are getting trained and helping other step into their power as leaders, or launch a campaign in your workplace to make changes to improve working conditions, and bring dignity and respect to workers. Check out the Act Now! Tab for more information.
Q: What if I’m not Black?
A: While We Ready is centered on the organizing and mobilizing of Black workers, all people are called to be allies. Start by learning about the history of systemic racism and its impact on our society then become an ally. Start where you are and have the humility to learn how to do better one step at a time. Do the research. Make time to listen and learn. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or shy from challenging conversations. Be bold enough to speak up.
Q: Can organizations and businesses join We Ready?
There are many ways businesses can support the WeReady movement.
- Ensure that equal wages for equal work is paid to all employees.
- Ensure that Black workers are represented in all levels of the organization, including leadership roles.
- Create an environment where everyone is safe to bring their whole selves to work
- Take an unbiased look at the organization’s culture, and address issues of racial prejudice.
- Do not interfere with a worker’s right to organize unions.
- Donate to the National Black Worker Center either financially or sharing training resources.
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss other ways to partner.