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OPAWL is a grassroots member-led community organization dedicated to social justice. We are building a strong intersectional feminist community with the purpose of building power and progressive leadership in Ohio. By co-creating an organized and intersectional feminist member-led community, we are building collective power. Our primary strategies for building power are through community building, art and storytelling, political education, and organizing campaigns.
About the Organization:
$500,000 - $1 MILLION
In 2023, OPAWL formed and led a coalition of multiracial community organizations to launch Educating for Ohio's Future campaign which aims to include the migration history, societal contributions and experiences of diverse communities in Ohio K-12 social studies model curriculum . To keep moving this bill forward and see our goals through implementation we need to organize parents across Ohio. We need to raise many AAPI parent and caregiver organizers all across Ohio who are prepared for the work of ensuring that the goals of the campaign are realized in every school district and classroom in Ohio and that the benefits are felt by all students, especially by AAPI students. This work will look like giving testimony at legislative hearings, speaking up at school board meetings and building relationships with their respective school districts to ensure that educators have the support to implement HB 171 once it passes. However, parents and caregivers have many competing priorities in their lives that take up their time and energy. Organizing spaces are not necessarily designed to address the needs of this segment of our base. In a listening session we did with our parent and caregiver members we identified barriers that stand in the way of parents and caregivers being able to organize. This includes the fact that children are not often welcome or included in organizing spaces and that if parents do want to join meetings without their kids, childcare is hard to come by. Parents and caregivers need flexibility in terms of time to ensure that they can participate in a sustained manner. Providing these services to parents and caregivers who are motivated to be organizers costs money, time and labor that are not considered when programs are developed.
Our proposal is to identify OPAWL members who are parents and caregivers and develop them into organizers who can build a base of other parents and caregivers in their respective school districts all across Ohio. We will hire a parent organizer who will support and mentor the parents and learn about their specific priorities and needs. We will provide help with childcare and transportation needs whenever parents participate in trainings and actions. We will give parent organizers opportunities to receive trainings including organizer trainings, media trainings and legislative trainings. We will also give parents the opportunity to have community with another and be able to extend peer to peer support.