Sliding Scale Model

    Since I believe in a future in which we all have equal access to education, joy, beauty, rest, and ease, and since I’m committed to that future, I’m choosing a sliding scale model for this program. 

     This is an invitation to you and I to actively participate in economic justice, to use our integrity, and to create a sustainable economic underpinning for  enterprises led by people of color.

     Here’s more information about the sliding scale model, from Little Red Bird Botanicals:

    The scale is intended to be a map, inviting each of us to take inventory of our financial resources and look deeper at our levels of privilege. While I ask you to take these factors into consideration, please don’t stress about it. Pay what feels right.

Consider paying less on the scale if you:

  • are supporting children or have other dependents
  • have significant debt
  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • receive public assistance
  • have immigration-related expenses
  • are an elder with limited financial support
  • are an unpaid community organizer
  • are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history

Consider paying more on the scale if you:

  • own the home you live in
  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
  • travel recreationally
  • have access to family money and resources in times of need
  • work part time by choice
  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice.”
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