Support Your Local Organizer!
Capitalism tells us worth comes from productivity, but if the crisis of the pandemic has taught us anything, we believe it's that how we do things is a lot more important than how often we do them. If more care was taken for how we honor our humanity as a whole leading up to the pandemic, it likely wouldn't have become the dire crisis it did because we'd have already invested in ourselves through rights to health, housing, food, clean water, and fair labor practices.
Here are some things you should know about how Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC) does what it does:
1) We acknowledge the need for reparations, which is why fiscal sponsorship is offered to grassroots groups who are led by, and working with and for BIPOC, for free. This sponsorship enables these groups to more fully fund their work through charitable donations, without a middleman taking a part of their needed income, and it takes a portion of their administrative work off their plate without a cost to them. Because ROSC was historically white-led and founded by white folx, this is seen as an inarguable model for enacting social change.
2) We offer all services and programming on a sliding scale with no questions asked. We reject arguments that suggest this model is unaffordable or unsustainable as it's seen as a fundraising responsibility on our part to create accessibility. As the saying goes, "if it's inaccessible to the poor, it's neither radical nor revolutionary." (source: unknown)
3) We prioritize physical and emotional/intellectual accessibility in all our programming by consulting with people who have disabilities both leading up to events and on our own time, as we strive to do better in our everyday practices and continuing programs.
4) Our projects, which include Ability Maine (online resource for people with disabilities), Mindful Queer Collective (community building and organizing group for queer and trans liberation), and the Youth Activism Gathering (youth-led, activism-learning camp), to name a few, are always led by people who are directly impacted. We believe missionary work is a form of colonization.
We could go on, but we encourage you to learn more by visiting our website at www.resourcesforsocialchange.org and seeing what other projects we are home to. Take a look at our publications too for copy-lefted resources for organizing from the grassroots.
We can't do what we do without grassroots, community support, and when you support us, you're also supporting the dozens of other groups we sponsor, and the projects we are home to.
-African Youth Alliance of Maine
-Bangor Racial and Economic Justice Coalition
-Cambodian Community Assoc. of Maine
-Community Water Justice
-Down to Earth Climate Justice Storytelling Project
-Fare Share Co-op
-Food for Maine's Future
-For Us, By Us Fund
-Harriet Tubman Movement Coalition
-Maine Black Caucus
-Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition - -MPAC
-Maine Wabanaki Criminal Justice Project
-Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center
-NAACP of Portland
-National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC)
-Needlepoint Sanctuary Bangor
-Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine
-Peaceworks Brunswick, ME
-Poor People’s Campaign Maine
-Portland Overdose Prevention Society
-Power in Community Alliances (PICA)
-Racial Equity & Justice
-Raise-Op Housing Cooperative
-Rise and Shine Youth Retreat
-The Simmering Pot
-Sunlight Media Collective
-The Third Place
-Wabanaki Wigwam Project
-Woman in the Moon Films
ROSC is a small (but effective) organization, and we’re local, so you can feel really good about supporting us. And you won’t see us sending you fancy brochures or gifts to try and schmooze your support. Any money you give us goes directly to the work.
When deciding how much you’d like to give to ROSC, we ask you to take Class Solidarity into account.
What is Class Solidarity?
Class refers to where you and your family fit into the world regarding finances (for example: poor, working class, middle class, wealthy). ROSC does everything on a shoestring budget so we can make sure we are accessible to all. If you and your family are people who can pay more to support ROSC so others can pay less, please consider doing so. If you do so, you will be taking an action of solidarity and making ROSC more accessible for people who cannot afford to pay much.
If you aren't sure what your class background is, you can check out this resource on class. Figuring out your class background can be difficult. Remember, you can be of a mixed class background.
Suggested Recurring Donations (feel free to pay more or less than this):
Poor: $0-3/per month
Working Class: $3-30/per month
Middle Class: $30-45/per month
Upper Middle Class: $45-100/per month
Wealthy: As much as you’re willing to spare! $100+/per month
ROSC is almost exclusively supported by small, personal donations, so we’re not only a truly grassroots organization, we can't do what we do without help from people like you! Will you help us continue to build a more active, grassroots organizing community in Maine?