Our Goals (read our complete mission)
Transition to a new board comprised of new, diverse voices within six months
Draft a transition plan in collaboration with Trans Resistance, the resigned volunteer workforce, and other community leaders of colors
Initiate process for bylaw revisions that enact a democratic governance structure that ensures that multiple voices within the organization and from the community are heard
A Pride organization that focuses on community, social justice, and uplifting those from BITQPOC communities instead of corporations interested in capturing the monied LGBTQ market
What a Substantive Boston Pride Transformation Plan Should Include
A clear 6 month timeline for replacing the current board members in two phases (to maintain continuity and facilitate on-boarding of new board members)
Many board members have served for at least ten years. Linda DiMarco has been on the board for 20 years.
End the absolute rule of the board; revise bylaws to adopt a democratic governance structure
The current bylaws give the board absolute power. The board is not accountable to anyone. There are no power sharing governance structures; no checks and balances; no term limits
Volunteers who chair the committees that do the majority of the work have no power
There are no policies and procedures in place. The board makes decisions on a case to case basis behind closed doors
Make amends with the resigned volunteer workforce and LGBTQ leaders of color who have been calling for a transformation, and work collaboratively with them to draft and execute a transition plan
Pride’s current transformation plan allows the current board to select the people who select the next board. It’s a fancy strategy for controlling the process and maintaining power.