Osprey / James Riley / Seattle Audubon – Seattle Times Photo Contest
Birds Connect Seattle for Everyone
Birds Connect Seattle advocates and organizes for cities where people and birds thrive.
We know that the threats facing birds are immense. The ideologies and institutions that exploit and degrade nature also exploit and degrade people, particularly people of color. The fight to protect birds and nature is not separate from the fight for equity and justice, and to succeed at one we must succeed at both. We are committed to identifying and dismantling systems of oppression in our organization and community, and to actively working toward an antiracist future. Communities of color world-wide are leading in this effort, as agents of their own liberation and for the protection of the environment.
Broad Inclusion and Engagement
Birds Connect Seattle will truly be for everyone when it is led, staffed, and supported by people of many different backgrounds and perspectives. We celebrate and value people of every age, race, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, class, ability or disability, sexual orientation, and political or religious belief. We also acknowledge that these categories, and especially their intersections, play a significant role in how power and resources have been inequitably distributed historically and today. We are committed to using our position and influence to challenge the systems of oppression that have created and uphold these inequities.
We understand that the fight for equity and justice never rests, and we believe that ongoing investments in this work will lead to systemic change, a healthier environment, and community solidarity over the long run.
Current Actions and Commitments
- Name change to remove a barrier to inclusion and antiracism work.
- Audit internal culture and business and hiring practices to identify and remove barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion;
- Mandate staff, board, and volunteer training in inclusive leadership and antiracism practice;
- Overhaul recruitment practices, requirements, and selection process to increase diverse racial representation and leadership on the board of directors, and
- Be attentive to people of color and other historically marginalized voices and be open to reshaping programs and practices.
If you’d like to provide input or be involved in leading these efforts, please contact Community Director Glenn Nelson at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
The above statement and commitments were approved by the Birds Connect Seattle Board of Directors May 13, 2021.
Jun 20, 2023
Birds Connect Seattle is proud to introduce a new visual identity for our organization, produced by nationally recognized designer and illustrator Gabriel López.
Jun 20, 2023
Birds Connect Seattle has partnered with Chevon Powell since she first launched Golden Bricks Events and the festival and, in recent years, expanded to related events, including Sundaes Outside and Refuge Day. She served on the Name Selection Committee, which vetted and proposed this organization’s new name.
Jun 20, 2023
No longer a barrier, our new name represents an open door for new communities to join us in our mission to advocate and organize for cities where people and birds thrive.