Grand Rapids Pride Center

Community Accountability Plan

BLACK LIVES MATTER * BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER

Created: 6/15/2020      Adopted: 6/23/2020      Updated: 6/29/2020


Purpose


As the Grand Rapids Pride Center examines the ways in which we’ve failed to call out racism, work to dismantle systems that perpetuate it, and confront anti-Blackness within our organization and our community, the Community Accountability plan was created as a fluid, constantly-evolving tool for our organization to identify where there is work to be done and for our community to hold us accountable to our commitments. 

2020 Community Accountability Action Items

Detail: The Grand Rapids Pride Center (GRPC) will end all existing relationships with the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) and other local law enforcement agencies.  Additionally, GRPC will not utilize the GRPD or any other local law enforcement agencies at any GRPC events or initiatives, including Grand Rapids Pride Festival. This will be communicated to GRPD through a letter to GRPD Chief of Police.

  • Status: In Progress
  • Date Created: 6/15/2020
  • Due Date: 6/30/2020
  • Person(s) Responsible: Thomas Pierce, Jazz McKinney, Regina Salmi, Lucy Dyer-Joswisk
  • Updates/Notes: Draft created, under review & edits.
  • Completion Date: 

Detail: GRPC staff, Board of Directors and interns will undergo racial justice & sensitivity training once per year. To be contracted externally with a local community knowledge expert.

  • Status: In Progress
  • Date Created: 6/15/2020
  • Due Date: 7/31/2020
  • Person(s) Responsible: Thomas Pierce, Jazz McKinney
  • Updates/Notes: Trainer identified, waiting on available times/dates.
  • Completion Date: 

Detail: GRPC Board of Directors will schedule & hold quarterly listening sessions to engage and receive feedback from specific populations of marginalized community members. The purpose of the listening sessions will be to hear from community members on how GRPC can better serve unrepresented LGBTQ+ populations. 2020 listening session dates: August 24, 2020 & November 9, 2020. 

  • Status: In Progress
  • Date Created: 6/15/2020
  • Due Date: 12/31/2020
  • Person(s) Responsible: Thomas Pierce, Lucy Dyer-Joswick, Jennie Mills, Anne Hertl, Charissa Huang
  • Updates/Notes: August date needs to be finalized due to BOD meeting being rescheduled. Planning meeting to be scheduled by June 30, 2020.
  • Completion Date: 

Action Item #4: GRPC will create a process for identifying Community Knowledge Experts (CKE) to contract with for organizational development and community engagement. GRPC will also develop a compensation structure for contracted CKEs.

  • Status: In Progress
  • Date Created: 6/23/2020
  • Due Date: 7/31/2020
  • Person(s) Responsible: Thomas Pierce, Anne Hertl, Jazz McKinney
  • Updates/Notes: Planning meeting to be scheduled by 6/30/2020.
  • Completion Date: 

Detail: GRPC will update its organizational handbook to include policies & procedures regarding contracting with outside vendors. This will include language and guidance surrounding GRPC requiring vendors to already have undergone cultural sensitivity training and/or have experience in working with the LGBTQ+ and intersecting communities. GRPC will continue to prioritize vendor relationships with LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC businesses.

  • Status: In Progress
  • Date Created: 6/15/2020
  • Due Date: 10/31/2020
  • Person(s) Responsible: Thomas Pierce, Lucy Dyer-Joswick, Charissa Huang
  • Updates/Notes: Planning meeting to be scheduled by 7/10/2020.
  • Completion Date: 

Detail: GRPC will update its Board of Directors on-boarding paperwork to including a commitment to self learning and development. To be signed by current Board of Directors members as well as any future members, the document will require members of the GRPC Board of Directors to engage in actions and direct practices that facilitate self learning and development so GRPC may better serve its LGBTQ+ communities as well as all intersecting communities.

  • Status: In Progress
  • Date Created: 6/15/2020
  • Due Date: 8/31/2020
  • Person(s) Responsible: Thomas Pierce, Anne Hertl
  • Updates/Notes: Planning meeting to be scheduled by 7/10/2020.
  • Completion Date: 

Detail: GRPC will develop a Community Accountability Advisory Committee to ensure that, as an organization, GRPC is responding to community incidents, events and concerns in a timely and culturally-sensitive manner. Requirements of the Community Accountability Advisory Committee will include a diverse make-up of representation, including gender identity, sexual orientation, race, disability-status, and socioeconomic status.

  • Status: In Progress
  • Date Created: 6/23/2020
  • Due Date: 9/30/2020
  • Person(s) Responsible: Grand Rapids Pride Center staff & Board of  Directors
  • Updates/Notes: Added to July 2020 BOD agenda for discussion and planning.
  • Completion Date: 

Detail: No Police at Pride. GRPC is committing to not contract with or utilize the Grand Rapids Police Department or any other local law enforcement agency at any future Grand Rapids Pride Festival or festival-related event. This will be communicated to Grand Rapids Chief of Police via formal letter. GRPC will contract with outside vendors to provide safety and security services.

Any contracted outside vendor will be held to requirements determined by Action Item #5.

  • Status: In Progress
  • Date Created: 6/23/2020
  • Due Date: 6/30/2020
  • Person(s) Responsible: Thomas Pierce, Jazz McKinney, Lucy Dyer-Joswick, Regina Salmi
  • Updates/Notes: In development
  • Completion Date:

Detail: GRPC will include in all statements related to its commitment to racial equality and the dismantling of systematic racism in our community that Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives Matter.

  • Status: In Progress
  • Date Created: 6/23/2020
  • Due Date: Ongoing
  • Person(s) Responsible: Grand Rapids Pride Center staff & Board of  Directors
  • Updates/Notes: 
  • Completion Date:

Detail: GRPC will begin actively recruiting members for its Board of Directors. GRPC is committed to avoiding tokenization and emotional labor abuse of the BIPOC community. In an attempt to break the homogeneous cycle of typical Board recruitment and avoid tokenization, Board of Director applications will be open to the public where we will be seeking diverse community members who are active and ready to be engaged in helping to move our organization forward with change.

GRPC will integrate its Board of Directors application into its website to ensure it is easily accessible to any member of the community who wishes to apply. Click here for GRPC Board of Directors Application.

  • Status: In Progress
  • Date Created: 6/23/2020
  • Online Application Creation Due Date: 6/30/2020  Board Recruitment Due Date: Ongoing
  • Person(s) Responsible: Grand Rapids Pride Center staff & Board of  Directors
  • Updates/Notes: BOD application website application in development.
  • Completion Date: 

Detail: GRPC will make a financial contribution of $100 per month to the Trans Sistas of Color Project- Detriot through the end of 2020, beginning June 2020.  Additionally, GRPC will request that all committed Grand Rapids Pride Festival 2020 sponsors make a financial contribution of at least $100 to the Trans Sistas of Color Project- Detriot or The Okra Project.

  • Status: In Progress
  • Date Created: 6/23/2020
  • Due Date: 12/31/2020
  • Person(s) Responsible: Thomas Pierce & Anne Hertl
  • Updates/Notes: Communication planning meeting to be scheduled by 6/30/2020.
  • Completion Date: 

Detail: GRPC will request that the Grand Rapids Police Department’s budget be reduced from 39% to 32%, allowing approximately 9 million dollars to be reallocated to public services for communities of color. GRPC will request that the Grand Rapids City Commission start the process removing any requirement that any percentage of the City of Grand Rapids budget be spent on policing. Requests will be sent to each Grand Rapids City Commissioner individually as well as the Grand Rapids Mayor and Grand Rapids City Manager.

  • Status: Completed
  • Date Created: 6/23/2020
  • Due Date: 6/30/2020
  • Person(s) Responsible: Grand Rapids Pride Center staff & Board of  Directors
  • Updates/Notes: Communication sent via email due to City Commission meeting scheduled for 6/30/2020.
  • Completion Date: 6/29/2020

Leadership

Tommy Allen, he/him, Interim Board President

Lucy Dyer-Joswick, she/her, Board Treasurer

Jennie Mills, she/her, Board Secretary

Jazz McKinney, they/them, Board Member

Charissa Huang, she/her, Board Member

Regina Salmi, she/her, Board Member

Anne Hertl, she/her, Board Member

Devin Rittenhouse, he/him, Board Member

Thomas Pierce, he/him, Executive Director