Nami Thompson is creating A culture of inclusion for Boulder-area families
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My name is Nami Thompson, and I'm the founder of Boulder Parenting in Diversity (BPiD), a non-profit committed to the study of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, politics, and inclusive community-building. 

I have an educational background in neurobiology and public policy, am a graduate of People Engaged in Raising Leaders, a facilitator with Family Leadership Training Institute , and am a member of the Health Equity Coalition of the Colorado Public Health Association.  You can find some of my published work on my Medium Blog, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Nextshark, Zathom, and on my Facebook page

The Origins of BPiD

Several years ago, a small group of about 10 parents of color met and asked each other, "How do we raise children in an environment where racism is both everywhere and nowhere?"  We didn't know it then, but all great movements start off with an innocuous but important question. We formed a little Facebook group and soon recognized the need for intersectional conversations and thus started educating ourselves and sharing what we could with each other. That group of 10 has now grown into an organization of nearly 450 members. We're a fleet of do-gooders, and each of us gives something to the community in ways you may not even see. 

Ongoing Projects:

Folk FootballOur flagship program
Folk Football is a no-cost, non-competitive soccer club for Boulder area participants, particularly people who are under-served by existing sports programs. We also integrate storytelling, world geography, music, and global language skills at each meetup


Adult Education Series:

BPiD regularly hosts presenters to discuss topics of interest with our group. Past presentations include:
  • Genealogy 101
  • Supporting Mixed Race Identity
  • Equine Therapy to Heal Intergenerational Trauma
  • Affirming Queer Children

BIPoC Adult Support Group:
We offer monthly peer-to-peer support for BIPoC adults to check in with each other and enjoy each others' company

Monthly play dates:
We organize racial affinity playdates for families of color as well as playdates for all families 

Santa Ain't White Holiday Party:
BPiD winter holiday party. Santa isn't white because representation matters 

Support for Victims of Domestic Violence:
Many women of color in our community won't call local DV support organizations, nor do they want to call the police or seek medical help. The BPiD community has become an informal resource for these women. In 2017, we raised over $600 to get women out of unsafe living conditions and into transitional housing, and in 2018 we have so far raised more than $4000. We cook, offer childcare, help find jobs and more. I hope we can continue to support those who won't reach out to our local institutions but do need assistance. 

Let Mamas Rest:
We help connect single Black, Latina, and Indigenous mothers to no-cost body care treatments such as massage, acupuncture, rolfing, etc.

A Culture Shift:
BPiD has tackled and made significant progress in taking down the love and light brigade. Sometimes with some harsh words and sometimes with steady hands, but prejudice, either covert or overt has never once gone unchecked. We have discussions about anti-blackness and anti-indigineity with each other, city council members, other parenting groups, big name business owners, and everyone in between. National politics may feel haywire to many people, but locally, the awareness of our population has gotten better over the past few years, and BPiD takes credit for some work toward this end. 

How you can support

All of our dollars go towards supporting people of color in Boulder County. We pay our soccer coaches, musicians, panelists, and guest speakers. We also distribute emergency funds to BIPoC community members. We recognize BIPoC in Boulder are not getting the necessary supports for business and professional development, and we are committed to paying people for their time and knowledge and to circulating more money among emerging businesses in our community. Patreon makes it easy to support us with just a $1 monthly pledge. And hey, I'm a woman of color. I can stretch a quarter into a dollar and one dollar into ten. Choose whatever level of support feels good to you. Please know we are grateful for anything you give, and all contributions are tax deductible. Just message me if you'd like a receipt.

You can also make a one-time contribution via PayPal or Venmo:
PayPal.me/BPiD
Venmo.com/namithompson

Your Money will Help Fund Community Project Expenses
:

Folk Football indoor rental space: $1330 annually

Folk Football coaches and musicians: $3100 annually

Folk Football Equipment: $1400 one time expense + occasional replacements and repairs  

Speaker fees for BIPoC guests: $100 -$350 per speaker

Marketing materials: ~$350 annually

Snacks for in-person educational events and playdates: ~$60 per event

Support for families in crisis: ~$200 per month

Venue Rental: ~$200-$400 annually

Holiday party: ~$350 annually




Tiers
I support an inclusive Boulder
$1 or more per month
Try to recruit 10 friends to pledge $1 a month too
I Was Told There Would Be Snacks
$6 or more per month
Help us feed our guests and keep our little athletes healthy and hydrated
Hashtag Truth
$10 or more per month
Patrons at this level will receive one media item such as an article, short video, poem, slideshow, podcast episode, etc. with a brief additional commentary from me
VIrtual Tea
$25 or more per month
Patrons at this tier can join me once a month on Zoom for a cup of tea and a topic about equity in our community
Take it inside
$80 or more per month
Patrons at this tier will help pay for 1 session of indoor soccer space
Did she say Balls?
$125 or more per month
Patrons at this tier receive access to my exclusive, not yet published works. This includes essays about parenting, a short story about incest, a rant about balls, and a few true and inspiring stories 
White Supremacist Patriarchy Q & A
$500 or more per month
This tier gets to ask me anything-- judgment free-- about race and/or patriarchy through q&a. 
1-1 Weekly Grassroots Leadership Coach
$1,500 or more per month
This is an opportunity to advance my community involvement and help me advance somebody else's community involvement as well
Go Get Em
$5,000 or more per month
This tier will make it possible for me to support all of our project goals, support other women of color in doing the same, and break down some of the systemic barriers to success for our children
Goals
58% complete
When we reach $500 a month, we can successfully fund at least one monthly speaker and start to work with a financial adviser to set aside a separate fund for families in crisis.
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My name is Nami Thompson, and I'm the founder of Boulder Parenting in Diversity (BPiD), a non-profit committed to the study of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, politics, and inclusive community-building. 

I have an educational background in neurobiology and public policy, am a graduate of People Engaged in Raising Leaders, a facilitator with Family Leadership Training Institute , and am a member of the Health Equity Coalition of the Colorado Public Health Association.  You can find some of my published work on my Medium Blog, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Nextshark, Zathom, and on my Facebook page

The Origins of BPiD

Several years ago, a small group of about 10 parents of color met and asked each other, "How do we raise children in an environment where racism is both everywhere and nowhere?"  We didn't know it then, but all great movements start off with an innocuous but important question. We formed a little Facebook group and soon recognized the need for intersectional conversations and thus started educating ourselves and sharing what we could with each other. That group of 10 has now grown into an organization of nearly 450 members. We're a fleet of do-gooders, and each of us gives something to the community in ways you may not even see. 

Ongoing Projects:

Folk FootballOur flagship program
Folk Football is a no-cost, non-competitive soccer club for Boulder area participants, particularly people who are under-served by existing sports programs. We also integrate storytelling, world geography, music, and global language skills at each meetup


Adult Education Series:

BPiD regularly hosts presenters to discuss topics of interest with our group. Past presentations include:
  • Genealogy 101
  • Supporting Mixed Race Identity
  • Equine Therapy to Heal Intergenerational Trauma
  • Affirming Queer Children

BIPoC Adult Support Group:
We offer monthly peer-to-peer support for BIPoC adults to check in with each other and enjoy each others' company

Monthly play dates:
We organize racial affinity playdates for families of color as well as playdates for all families 

Santa Ain't White Holiday Party:
BPiD winter holiday party. Santa isn't white because representation matters 

Support for Victims of Domestic Violence:
Many women of color in our community won't call local DV support organizations, nor do they want to call the police or seek medical help. The BPiD community has become an informal resource for these women. In 2017, we raised over $600 to get women out of unsafe living conditions and into transitional housing, and in 2018 we have so far raised more than $4000. We cook, offer childcare, help find jobs and more. I hope we can continue to support those who won't reach out to our local institutions but do need assistance. 

Let Mamas Rest:
We help connect single Black, Latina, and Indigenous mothers to no-cost body care treatments such as massage, acupuncture, rolfing, etc.

A Culture Shift:
BPiD has tackled and made significant progress in taking down the love and light brigade. Sometimes with some harsh words and sometimes with steady hands, but prejudice, either covert or overt has never once gone unchecked. We have discussions about anti-blackness and anti-indigineity with each other, city council members, other parenting groups, big name business owners, and everyone in between. National politics may feel haywire to many people, but locally, the awareness of our population has gotten better over the past few years, and BPiD takes credit for some work toward this end. 

How you can support

All of our dollars go towards supporting people of color in Boulder County. We pay our soccer coaches, musicians, panelists, and guest speakers. We also distribute emergency funds to BIPoC community members. We recognize BIPoC in Boulder are not getting the necessary supports for business and professional development, and we are committed to paying people for their time and knowledge and to circulating more money among emerging businesses in our community. Patreon makes it easy to support us with just a $1 monthly pledge. And hey, I'm a woman of color. I can stretch a quarter into a dollar and one dollar into ten. Choose whatever level of support feels good to you. Please know we are grateful for anything you give, and all contributions are tax deductible. Just message me if you'd like a receipt.

You can also make a one-time contribution via PayPal or Venmo:
PayPal.me/BPiD
Venmo.com/namithompson

Your Money will Help Fund Community Project Expenses
:

Folk Football indoor rental space: $1330 annually

Folk Football coaches and musicians: $3100 annually

Folk Football Equipment: $1400 one time expense + occasional replacements and repairs  

Speaker fees for BIPoC guests: $100 -$350 per speaker

Marketing materials: ~$350 annually

Snacks for in-person educational events and playdates: ~$60 per event

Support for families in crisis: ~$200 per month

Venue Rental: ~$200-$400 annually

Holiday party: ~$350 annually




Recent posts by Nami Thompson

Tiers
I support an inclusive Boulder
$1 or more per month
Try to recruit 10 friends to pledge $1 a month too
I Was Told There Would Be Snacks
$6 or more per month
Help us feed our guests and keep our little athletes healthy and hydrated
Hashtag Truth
$10 or more per month
Patrons at this level will receive one media item such as an article, short video, poem, slideshow, podcast episode, etc. with a brief additional commentary from me
VIrtual Tea
$25 or more per month
Patrons at this tier can join me once a month on Zoom for a cup of tea and a topic about equity in our community
Take it inside
$80 or more per month
Patrons at this tier will help pay for 1 session of indoor soccer space
Did she say Balls?
$125 or more per month
Patrons at this tier receive access to my exclusive, not yet published works. This includes essays about parenting, a short story about incest, a rant about balls, and a few true and inspiring stories 
White Supremacist Patriarchy Q & A
$500 or more per month
This tier gets to ask me anything-- judgment free-- about race and/or patriarchy through q&a. 
1-1 Weekly Grassroots Leadership Coach
$1,500 or more per month
This is an opportunity to advance my community involvement and help me advance somebody else's community involvement as well
Go Get Em
$5,000 or more per month
This tier will make it possible for me to support all of our project goals, support other women of color in doing the same, and break down some of the systemic barriers to success for our children