Racial Justice Learning Collective

The Racial Justice Learning Collective (RJLC) is a monthly 2 hour in-person discussion space, which each centres around a pre-reading. Each session has a new topic, and content is written and facilitated by First Nations and People of Colour (FNPOC). Group discussion is key in these sessions– sharing our own thoughts and opinions, and taking time to listen to others, is how we learn.

The Climate Jobs Guarantee must be determined by diverse communities everywhere. If the groups we engage with to come up with the local vision for a CJG are not representative of their communities, then the solutions will not serve to create a better tomorrow for all. To ensure this happens, Tomorrow Movement local teams need to be representative of our communities.

To safely and responsibly enable this, we must ongoingly do the work of making our spaces safer and more knowledgeable about racial justice, and intersectional justice as a whole. The RJLC is an idea that came from a group of POC from the Tomorrow Movement Naarm (Melbourne) team to both help us address this issue, and for the sake of our own leadership development. It was started by us at the end of 2022 and has run continuously since then. Up until now, the RJLC has only existed in Naarm. But, we are now working to start RJLCs in Gadigal (Sydney) and Meanjin (Brisbane) by mid 2024. First sessions in these locations will happen in July, details announced soon.

The RJLC aims to achieve the following objectives:

All RJLC team members and participants understand and believe that the RJLC exists for FNPOC, and know that FNPOC can step up or down as much as they want, whenever they want in this space.

FNPOC RJLC team members report feeling safe, ongoing skill and knowledge development, and are supported to identify and explore the areas of leadership that they want to focus on.

FNPOC in the local team expect to be treated with the care and respect necessary, because they can trust that the rest of the team is learning deeply and ongoingly about racial justice.

All local team members feel responsible for the collective learning of the group, especially relating to racial and intersectional justice.

The lessons from the RJLC inform our movement DNA (Strategy, Structure, Culture, Story) in the local team and nationally.

Participants are able to extend lessons from RJLC into their activism and everyday life.

We encourage you to read and reflect on any pre-readings that have already been used  in the Naarm RJLC  in our Ongoing Content List.

The RJLC was made first and foremost by FNPOC, for FNPOC, though it is a learning space where EVERYONE is welcome – as long as you bring an open mind. The content we cover in sessions is chosen because it plays a role in everyone’s lives, and throughout all aspects of life.

The RJLC is grounded in 5 key principles:

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Next RJLC Session in Naarm

Content: we will be discussing nature, environmentalism and racism, by critically analysing the article Making merry: how we brought Melbourne’s Merri Creek back from pollution, neglect and weeds. To frame this conversation, you can also read American environmentalism’s racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation.

Date and time: Wednesday 26th June 6:30pm

We also encourage you to bring dinner, and we provide lots of yummy snacks!