GRuB's Commitment to Our Community
GRuB’s purpose is to grow healthy food, people, and community. This is what one young person had to say about their work here:
“GRuB is here to end hunger, but it will take more than growing food to end it. We need a strong community that will accept and will cherish our similarities and unique differences. With cooperation from everyone, ending hunger will not be a fairy tale." -Shatoria, GRuB Youth Crew Member 2010
We as staff are deeply affected by the historical oppression of our own families, friends, and fellow community members, and do our best every day to bring people together and to build community where we “cherish our similarities and unique differences.” White supremacy, classism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression have no place in the community we envision.
The hateful rhetoric and violence being explicitly and openly directed at black and brown, native, LGBTQIA, Muslim, Jewish and immigrant communities across this country and the deadly violence recently in Charlottesville is a direct threat to many people who work at GRuB, volunteer here, donate here, and have participated in our programs. This white supremacist hate and violence is not new. Our country was built on the backs of those who were not seen as white.
While our work is focused in the South Puget Sound region, this community is not immune to the hatred and bigotry that attempts to divide us, and we are just as impacted by messages and acts elsewhere in our country as they can reinforce that division locally and invite threats and violence here.
We are saddened by the threats that continue to be sent to the Evergreen State College, an institution with many ties to GRuB that has uplifted anti-oppression curriculum for many years. As you may know, GRuB's co-founders are Greeners, as is our current director, as well as many staff, interns, and volunteers. Many GRuB youth have eventually landed at Evergreen, too.
We are committed to learning how to use our individual and organizational privileges to stand with and center historically marginalized communities, and to work collaboratively to build equity and justice, for the sake of the natural world and for our society. As we work to complete our strategic plan, we are evaluating how we can best fulfill this commitment in the years ahead. We have made and will continue to make mistakes in this process. We will also continue to learn from our mistakes and will keep striving to be and do better.
GRuB may be a place that you find connection, support and community in the face of the current political climate. If so, we thank you and are honored to serve this role in our community. We also wanted to share some of the other amazing organizations in our community that inspire us in this work:
YWCA of Olympia
CIELO Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia
The Women of Color in Leadership Movement
Olympia SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice
Partners in Prevention Education
Full Circle United
Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights
With love and appreciation,
The Staff Team at GRuB