Project name: Green Party Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression Training
Start Date: May 1, 2021
Completion Date: August 31, 2021
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSAL
April 9, 2021
INTERVIEWS WILL TAKE PLACE ON:
April 11-21, 2021
SELECTED PROPOSAL TO BE ANNOUNCED ON:
April 30, 2021
Please submit your proposal and direct any communications to the following and use “Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression Training Independent Consultant RFP” in the subject line of your email.
A) INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT
The Green Party of the United States is seeking an Independent Consultant with a demonstrated capacity to lead our organization as we begin a cultural transformation process with a goal of equity and inclusion. The Independent Consultant will work as a team with designated Green Party Trainer(s) to plan and lead an anti-racism and anti-oppression training to support the transformation and design a plan for the party to facilitate and maintain the change going forward.
B) BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The Green Party of the United States is a federation of state green parties that received formal recognition as a National Committee (NC) from the Federal Election Commission in 2001. Each affiliated state party has elected representatives on the NC, which is the governing body of the party. The party has five identity caucuses that also have elected representatives on the NC. The nine-member Steering Committee elected by the NC helps execute the day-to-day administration and operations of the party such as the submission of proposals and the supervision of staff, and the members also serve as spokespeople for the party. In addition, there are 25 standing committees with various tasks that members of state parties and caucuses can join. There are two staff members: a website manager and a communications manager.
C) PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT
The four pillars of our party are Peace and Non-Violence, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, and Social Justice. However, in practice our party does not always support these ideals in the area of social justice. Our goal is to provide an alternative political option for all people in the United States, yet many of our internal and external communications and practices have made historically marginalized people, particularly people of color, feel that their participation is not valued or even wanted. Some have dropped out of our party entirely after negative experiences. We recognize there are ongoing challenges with accountability and racial/gender power dynamics that are preventing us from achieving our goal of a political party that values all people and provides a safe space for those who choose us for their political home.
We have had previous anti-oppression trainings in some of our state parties and for a self-selected group at a previous national meeting, but this year we will be offering this training to all our members, including NC members, at our virtual national meeting on July 15-18, 2021, so that we can advance equity through all aspects of our work. We expect 150 members to attend. Our meeting will be the first step in a process toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive organization that is representative of the diversity of our nation. Long-term, we hope to achieve equity within our party, especially racial equity, and transform our organization into one that has inclusiveness, anti-racism and anti-oppression as its foundation. While race and racism will be our primary focus at this meeting, we hope our process can be broadened to consider other forms of oppression and how to combat them in our own organization and through our work. Our training will include an overview on colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism and how these historical practices inform our interactions today.
Some of the issues we hope to address are:
- White privilege
- Micro and macro-aggressions
- Valuing and not tokenizing diversity
- Maintaining a respectful work environment
- Improving members’ relationships and interactions across race, gender and sexual orientation
D) DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
We are seeking the services of an Independent Consultant with the demonstrated expertise and ability to guide our party as we engage in this cultural realignment.
The successful candidate will:
- Have experience leading anti-racist and anti-oppression trainings
- Be able to lead large political organizations through cultural change
- Be skilled in viewer engagement on video conferencing platforms such as Zoom
- Be enthusiastic about working as a team with designated Green Party Trainer(s) in advance of the meeting to develop a plan for the training that adequately addresses our party’s particular issues
- Have experience in creating plans for future action to facilitate and maintain change
E) SCOPE OF SERVICES
- Preparation in advance of the meeting with designated Green Party Trainer(s) to create a plan for the training
- Delivery of a comprehensive anti-racism and anti-oppression online training for approximately 150 party members to occur between Friday evening, July 16, 2021, and Sunday noon, July 18, 2021
- Post training follow-up with designated Green Party Trainer(s) to create a plan to facilitate and maintain change, to be delivered by August 31, 2021
F) CONTENTS OF PROPOSAL
At minimum each proposal will include the following:
State the full name, address, phone, email and other contact information of your organization and whether you operate as an individual, partnership, limited liability company or corporation. If a corporation or limited liability company, indicate the state in which you are incorporated. Provide proof or certification of any degree or license relevant to your field.
Include a brief description of three projects of similar scope that you have completed in the last five years. Highlights from presentations and other work products can be included.
Approach to the Project
Describe in narrative form your plan for accomplishing the work. Explain the choice of methodology including its strengths and weaknesses.
Please provide a ballpark figure for trainings of this type with non-corporate organizations - to be negotiated once the scope of services is firmed up
Include three client references with contact names, phone number and email address.
G) EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS
All proposals received shall be subject to an evaluation by a review committee comprised of members of identity caucuses along with some members of the Annual National Meeting Committee. This review committee will make a recommendation to the Steering Committee, who has the ultimate authority on expenditures. The following factors will be considered in making the final selection:
Will be based on the verifiable information provided about the applicant, including, but not limited to, entity name, principal, incorporation, licensing, and customer references.
Will be based upon applicable experience of the applicant with similar type projects within the recent past.
Understanding of The Project/Problem
Will be based upon the understanding exhibited by the applicant in their proposal.
Method of Approach
Will be based upon the technical soundness of the applicant’s stated approach to the project, the comprehensiveness of the proposed work tasks, the techniques to be used and the products to be delivered.
Time & Effort
Will be based upon a review of the timeline for each task, designated decision points, the critical path, the total time necessary to accomplish the work, and the applicant’s acknowledgement of any critical deadlines.
Will be based upon the ability and disposition of the applicant to work closely with designated Green Party Trainer(s) for the duration of the project.
Will be negotiated to provide the greatest value in regard to cost vs. services provided.