As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for more than four decades. Since its founding in 1963 by Richard Barnet and Marcus Raskin, IPS has been at the forefront of research and action for the civil rights, anti-war, feminist, environmental and global justice movements in the United States and around the globe. Today, the Institute’s work is organized into more than a dozen projects, reflecting our public scholars’ diverse areas of expertise. IPS is dedicated to turning ideas into action, based on the belief that dynamic social movements drive social change. Thus, IPS has partnered with grassroots advocacy organizations to provide public scholarship in support of organizing efforts which aim to build a more just and peaceful world.
The Black Worker Initiative
The Black Worker Initiative is a bold and exciting new effort launched by the Institute for Policy Studies, which is deeply committed to helping achieve both the historic and contemporary aims of the labor and civil rights movements. Black workers have been particularly hard hit by the rising tide of inequality in today’s economy. We hope our Initiative will be part of the solution to helping expand opportunities for black worker organizing and thereby greatly aid the revitalization of the U.S. labor movement as a whole. Indeed, the Initiative operates under the belief that black workers hold a key role in union revitalization. Without a platform for their voices and perspectives, a vital piece of the progressive movement is absent from the greater public discourse on race and economic and social justice. The Initiative uses conferences, published reports, public education materials, and mainstream and social media in framing a road map to how black worker organizing can be an ongoing vehicle for the preservation of the labor movement and the promotion of civil rights and racial and economic justice.
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.
Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. The national alliance is powered by over 60 affiliate organizations—plus robust local chapters in Atlanta, Durham, and New York—of over 20,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers for the elderly in 36 cities and 17 states.
We Dream In Black
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, NDWA is proud to carry on the tradition of organizing with Black women and Black communities.
Building upon the work of NDWA's Atlanta Chapter as well as the organizing of Afro-Carribean women in New York, we are building an unstoppable movement that uplifts the leadership of Black women. We Dream In Black aims to strengthen and expand the power and voices of Black domestic workers and amplify their contributions to a healthy multiracial and economically just society for all.