Partnering with FoCMC

Want to join our team? Want to become a Community Sponsor? Have FoCMC attend and/or share your event? Host our Community Programs in your space? Need our consultation services? Etc.

We'd love to make something happen!

We are a community-building collective of mulitracial + multiethnic families (IBPoC, transracial adoptive families, transracial adoptees, caregivers, grandparents, etc.) for whom race, culture, and ethnicity are central to child-rearing and identity. As a grassroots community education and empowerment initiative, we are committed to reimagining how Monterey County can create meaningful change. The prerequisites and questions to be answered below function as one way to address this and a way to establish an open line of communication with organizations, agencies, businesses, groups, families, and individuals who are committed to bringing about this change.

Immediately addressing microaggressions or macroaggressions of racism in the spaces you enter is radical. Consistently being a voice for vulnerable populations is radical. Working to shift a problematic climate in a place that serves predominantly Black and Brown persons is a radical act.
— Is There a Place For the Black Radical in the Nonprofit World? by Gioncarlo Valentine

Inclusive, Equitable, and Just!

Our programming is rooted in movements that build the community's power to transform the fragmentation, displacement, and loss of culture that result from histories of exploitation, genocide, and colonialism. We commune and create in ways that amplify the narratives of communities of color, cultivate solidarity in Monterey County, and center self-exploration and cultural expression.

If it’s inaccessible to queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, IBPoC, sick, disabled, cash poor, incarcerated, and/or undocumented families, it’s neither radical nor revolutionary.
— Unknown


  • Given the history and origin of American policing and the brutality enacted, specifically upon the Black community by said institution, we will not participate in anything where the police are present. Strong communities make police obsolete.
  • Disclosure of who we will be setting up next to and around, so we can reach out and build community with them prior to the event.
  • Disclosure of who will also be involved and attending, so we can decide if our organization is being used as a “poster child” to raise funds for and enhance the image of the organization.
  • Disclosure of who is organizing and if there are *SD/QTGNCNB/IBPoC (specifically, Black women and femmes) in leadership positions within your organization. Disclosure of their names, positions, and how long they have been with said organization and at said position.
  • If your organization charges fees for services, a scholarship fund starting at zero with no income verification must exist. Paperwork "proving" need is demoralizing, invasive, and paternalistic, and is yet another method used to surveil and police. Prioritizing the dignity of individuals and families takes precedence.
  • Children must be welcome. If the space is adults-only, free quality childcare must be provided. Preferably by *SD/QTGNCNB/IBPoC who must be paid for their labor.
  • If the event is taking place during meal-times, free nutritious food must be provided and dietary intolerances, sensitivities, and restrictions must be taken into consideration.
  • Disability must be incorporated into your organization's values and action statements. Disabled people must be on your organizing committee and/or board, and accessibility must be a priority.
  • Supporting multiply marginalized folx must also be incorporated into your organization's values and action statements. Addressing intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression must be a priority.
  • A recruitment program specifically designed to increase the number of racialized and other marginalized folx in positions of power within your organization must exist and be made a priority.
  • A mentorship program specifically designed to develop and advance racialized and other marginalized folx within your organizationto positions of power must exist and be made a priority.
But if we are going to acknowledge the state is anti-Black, and has remained so for centuries, reparations must go beyond white folks, their laws and what they provide. Calls for reparations must also be anti-state, abolitionist and subversive of respectability to truly have any merit.
— Reparations Will Never Be Given -- It’s Time We Protect The Everyday People Who Take Them by Hari Ziyad

Redistribute Power & Resources

We’ve been doing the work of trying to get white people to like and want us for generations. We’ve been talking to them as if they don’t understand the constructs they created, inherit, and maintain. White people are anything but helpless in these global circumstances. What I offer them is simply this: you either want to give us our fair share of resources and lay your bodies and your livelihoods on the line to stop injustice and oppression or you’re an enemy. And I will treat you as such.

We’ve been holding the same spaces at conference after conference, reviewing terminology and concepts with white people who are well aware that they benefit from the white supremacy they perpetuate daily. There is nothing transgressive or transformative about sitting in a room and having them name or point to how they’re racist and oppressive, then giving them time and coddling as they look silly in the face, without giving them actionable next steps. Naming your privilege in front of Black folks and meditating afterward does nothing. Black and POC folks are the only ones in the room doing actual labor, time after time. The emotional tax white people pay to be there is not worth mentioning, really. How are we sitting at a conference that has a registration cost of hundreds, without naming the nonprofit industrial complex as well-intentioned but a product and effective tool of white supremacy? The question remains, What are you willing to give or sacrifice today for Black and PoC lives? I could be having a V8 and watching ‘Living Single.’ I don’t need white friends. I don’t care if white people are nice to me.
I don’t need or want white people to find me desirable, palatable, or respectable.
I need them to do more than regurgitate the rhetoric around privilege and ‘intersectionality.’ I need them to adopt a praxis that brings their world to a full stop and redistributes power and resources.
— Francisco-Luis White

Impact Over Intent

There is a robust cadre of self-appointed Black community activists, organizers, and leaders who promote this dangerous ideology of loving our oppressors, forgiving people who hate us, and ignoring racial realities that define our experiences. This ironically anti-Black cohort are well-financed, connected, and influential because their disjointed ideology is palatable to white liberals and moderates who are emotionally fragile and socially irresponsible.
— It Is Our Duty To Fight For Our Freedom; Not To Protect The Police by Arielle Iniko Newton

Advocate for Change

...models of liberation must have policies and practices that are different from and that undercut oppressive values of the state; liberation work is about shifting institutionalized moral norms that have disempowered Black people; and liberation work is multi-layered — your values must be reflected in programs, your practices, and your online presence.
— Black Women Being: Subverting Demoralizing Practices A Reflection On The Safety Pin Box Initiative by Nikki Hoskins

Questions to be answered:

  • Does the community served or most impacted by the organization’s work have little or no power over the direction of the organization and how it uses its resources?
  • Is the organization seen in communities of color as a "white" organization?
  • Does the organization hold a paternalistic and deficit-oriented frame and attitude? Are **IBPoC served by white professionals? Do *SD/QTGNCNB/IBPoC see themselves in leadership roles or in the people they directly interface with?
  • Does the organization address issues that impact *SD/QTGNCNB/IBPoC without understanding how intersecting oppressions contribute to these issues?
  • White-led organizations have greater access to funding and other resources than organizations led by **IBPoC, what steps is the organization taking to address and redress this?
  • Do *SD/QTGNCNB/IBPoC feel used as “poster children” to raise funds for and enhance the image of the organization?
  • Does the culture of the organization support being able to talk about power, privilege, and oppression?
  • When race is discussed, are special efforts made not to offend the white leaders?
  • Do **IBPoC staff members feel comfortable challenging white leadership? Are those who do, met with defensiveness or labeled as "aggressive / oppositional"?
  • Is there greater respect for the opinions of white people?
  • Are the interactions, behavior, and decisions of the organization dominated by white cultural norms?
  • Are white leaders self-reflective and transparent about what it means to be white leaders of organizations based in **IBPoC communities?
  • Are white leaders proactive about understanding and addressing racism?
  • Does the concept of being “qualified” for leadership and other jobs in the organization include competency related to oppression and connections to *SD/QTGNCNB/IBPoC communities?
  • Are there *SD/QTGNCNB/IBPoC on staff? How many are Black?
  • Are **IBPoC staff members concentrated in front line and support jobs, with less positional power and autonomy?
  • Do microaggressions occur daily? Do they go unchecked?
  • Are efforts made to create a welcoming and supportive environment for *SD/QTGNCNB/IBPoC staff? Do **IBPoC staff members feel unsupported by white leaders and peers?
  • Are there people who are advocating for change? Are *SD/QTGNCNB/IBPoC often carrying the weight of that work?
  • Is "diversity / equity / inclusion / cultural competence / justice" work relegated to staff members who lack positional power in the organization?
  • Is "diversity / equity / inclusion / cultural competence / justice" work driven by requirements from funders and/or accreditation entities, rather than an actual understanding and commitment?


*SD/QTGNCNB/IBPoC: Sick, Disabled / Queer, Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary / Indigenous, Black, People of Color

**IBPoC: Indigenous, Black, People of Color

...providing childcare for social movement parents is not merely a vehicle to support righteous organizing. It is vital movement work in itself, just as integral to advancing justice as leading chants on a bullhorn, facilitating a popular assembly, or organizing in one’s workplace. Children and young people are important people and political actors. They have ideas about how the world should be. We want kids to be part of social movements and we want to grow spaces where kids are part of social movement.
— Childcare Collectives Across The Country Are Forming The Backbone Of Resistance Movements by Sarah Lazare


We consult with organizations and/or individuals at $100 per hour, this includes predominantly-white institutions who would like to host our Community Programs in their space. Project rates are subject to negotiation.

Indict & Abolish

‘The people’ are and have always been us, and our consciousness of ourselves has never been primarily shaped by the bargains we make and break with capitalism and state to survive. Our experiences on the daily grind and our struggles for survival inform the choreographies of our resistance, but they do not and have never defined us.
— We'll Never Create A Freer Future By Role-Playing The Past by Jess Krug

Are We A Match?

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Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
— James Baldwin