Our mission is to build the political power and visibility of Black domestic workers across the African diaspora.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance believes that our organizing must be led by and center the lives of Black women because Black women are who the industry was built to exploit. The history of domestic work in the U.S. is linked to the history of slavery, when enslaved Africans were forced to provide care services for white households. After slavery those jobs were held by formerly enslaved African women and their daughters. Today, 57,000 to 160,000 Black women work in private homes or for agencies as domestic workers. We want to shape the future in a way that lifts up the Black domestic workforce and brings value and respect to our labor and the history of our struggle.

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Notes from the Storm: Black Immigrant Domestic Workers in the Time of COVID-19

The current public health and economic crises in America are racialized, gendered, classed, and citizenship statused. Black immigrant domestic workers are at the epicenter of three converging storms—the pandemic, the resulting economic depression, & structural racism. Intersectional identities such as Black, immigrant, woman, and low-wage worker make these essential workers some of the most invisible and vulnerable workers in our country.

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What do we do?

 

Our worker organizing is focused on shifting the narrative about Black domestic workers across healthcare, childcare and cleaning sectors, while developing the leadership of our base and raising the floor in the care industry through political action.

 

Know Your Rights

We train Black domestic workers to know what their labor and civil rights are and how to advocate for themselves at work.

Training

Our members have access to training and tools that help them build new skills in their industries and remain safe at work.

Supportive Network

We host local, regional and national gatherings that bring Black domestic workers together to build relationships and create a strong community.

Organizing

We learn how to grow our organization so we can use our voices and bodies to influence politics, workplace changes and to win justice for our communities.

 

Where can I find “We Dream In Black”?

 

We Dream in Black has chapters in Georgia, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Texas. We also have a thriving online community, follow our Facebook page and join our exclusive group: Black Care Workers Circle.

Do you identify as Black / of African descent? Text BOLDEN to 97779 to connect with us today!

Black domestic workers demand “Pay, Professionalism and Respect,” learn more about our surveys with Black domestic workers at WeDreamInBlack.org.

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