The coloring book “Land for the People” is now officially sold out! As in, we’ve run out of our stockpile of hard copies from the days when we had free printer access. We have an infinite supply of PDFs to send out, fortunately, so please email us if you’d like one. (bayareachildcarecollective (at) gmail.com.)
Also, please get in touch if you have printer access and would like to help print more books! We were doing black and white with color covers and plastic spiral binding, and it looked pretty good–but we wouldn’t say no to an upgrade.
While we’re posting, we’d also like to announce our acronym’s pronunciation change! At last, a less awkward way to say BACC. The new way is like this: “Back-Sea.” We like to envision doing the backstroke in a calm, warm ocean as we say it. Ahhh.
Happy new year from your friends at
BACC (it’s spelled the same, but don’t forget! Visualize it!)
The CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights is going before the state legislature again in 2013. The BACC sent the following endorsement letter to our Assemblymember. Your organization can do the same. To find out more about the Bill of Rights and how to support, check out this link: http://www.domesticworkers.org/ca-bill-of-rights
March 31, 2013
Assemblymember Roger Hernandez
P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0048
RE: SUPPORT for AB 241 (Ammiano) Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights
Dear Assemblymember Hernandez:
The Bay Area Childcare Collective is pleased to support AB 241 (Ammiano), which would extend equal rights to domestic workers and standardize an industry made largely invisible.
At least 200,000 of California’s domestic workers, comprised of housekeepers, nannies, and caregivers for children, the elderly, and the disabled, work in private households to care for the health, safety and well-being of many Californians’ families and homes. Domestic workers are the backbone of the economy yet they have been excluded from basic labor laws. This bill seeks to provide domestic workers with equal labor rights and industry-wide standards so that they can provide quality care to the individuals and homes with which they are entrusted.
The Bay Area Childcare Collective was formed in 2002 in response to the very real need for childcare among social justice organizations. We are an all-volunteer organization providing free childcare for grassroots groups of women of color, so that poor and working-class mothers can be active in struggles for social and economic justice. We work closely with two San Francisco organizations representing domestic workers: The Women’s Collective and POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights).
We understand our work as part of a long-term effort to build multi-generational movements with parents, women and children at the center, and for this reason we fully support AB 241. This bill simplifies the law and provides uniform protection to all domestic workers. We believe this uniformity will increase the quality of care and standardize the industry, benefitting domestic employers and workers alike—and benefitting the children of both employers and workers.
Domestic workers are the bedrock of our society – they do the work that makes all other work possible. We strongly support AB 241 to not only protect this significant and valuable workforce but also invest in the well-being of California’s families and homes. Thank you for your time and consideration of our position.
The Bay Area Childcare Collective
CC: Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
It’s been an exciting summer, and we are busy gearing up for an exciting fall! For those of you who missed the many facebook updates about it, we had an awesome time at the GIFT Conference- Money for Our Movements in early August. We got a whole junior ballroom at the Marriott all to ourselves, and it was awesome! Plus a separate suite in the hotel for the littlest ones. It’s pretty amazing what a group of creative and industrious young people can accomplish with their own space, a couple of hours, and some beads, clay, and construction paper. The kids we hung out with made and sold necklaces, paintings, and figurines to conference attendees and were able to raise over $160 to donate to No More Deaths. We asked what they wanted to raise money for on the first day of the conference. They spent some time discussing it and agreed that they wanted to help people cross the desert without dying. I wish I had a video of 9 year old Jesus getting up in front of a crowd of 500 conference attendees in the huge Marriott ballroom and explaining that no one should die trying to make the journey to the US. You just had to see it. The kids stood outside the room while adults were filtering in and out and made their pitches to complete strangers about why they should buy a painting to support No More Deaths. I left feeling exhilarated and inspired by their confidence and enthusiasm to put themselves out there for a worthy cause.
But if you couldn’t make it, don’t get upset! There are lots of other exciting opportunities coming up, and one in particular I was hoping I might get some feedback on. We’ve been thinking for a while about doing a workshop and/or series of workshops, cause workshops are super fun, and there is so much to learn about childcare that doesn’t just relate to what games to play or how to change a diaper (ha! trick question- we leave the diaper changing to parents!) So if you were to close your eyes and imagine your dream childcare collective workshop, what would it be about? Or if you are thinking, “psshaw, I don’t need to attend a workshop, I need to lead one! I’ve got so much to say!” Then please, speak now! Would you like to collaborate and lead a workshop? If you have ideas, or want to get involved send us an email! You can send to email@example.com.
So I know I said there were lots of other exciting fall happenings, and there are, but I am getting sleepy and feel like this post is getting kind of long. You can check out our calendar and see what’s available to plug in to coming up.
The Bay Area Childcare Collective
Thank you, special guests, for taking time out of your busy schedules and appearing in this video.
“Land for the People// La Tierra Para La Gente, A Radical Coloring Book” is now available to order online, by mail, or in person from core members! Get your coloring book now for a sliding scale donation of $2-$20+, which will go entirely to La Colectiva. La Colectiva’s parent organization La Raza Centro Legal has been threatened by massive budget cuts this year.
If you would like a copy, please email the BACC core at firstname.lastname@example.org with the amount of your donation and the intended method of your donation (online, check by mail, or in-person), as well as whether you prefer a printed or online copy. Please include your phone number if you would like to arrange an in person exchange and your address + an extra $5 for shipping if you are requesting a copy by mail. Use the donation button below if you would like to make your donation by credit card online.
At long last, after some digitally challenged months, our website is back in action!
Check it out and let us know what you think. We’re going to be posting more, especially in the way of photos, videos, and practical childcare resources. If you’d like to write an article about your childcare collective experience, or add something to the website, please contact us and we’ll make it happen: bayareachildcarecollective(at)gmail(dot)com.
love and play,
Your friends in the Childcare Collective Core
Check out our new (bi)monthly calendar/newsletter for members. We’ll continue linking to calendars as they come out.
Thanks to volunteers at CJJC annual dinner
Thanks everyone who helped out with the CJJC annual dinner, “regeneracion”! I wanted to pass along the thank you we received from CJJC in the form of a beautiful handwritten thank you card. Unfortunately you can’t see the crafts-corner-worthy cut out art, but please try to imagine. For those who couldn’t make it, come out next year! –encian
“Three cheers for the childcare collective! thank you for providing creative, loving, & politicized care for the kids at regeneracion! and for offering childcare infrastructure to cjjc for our daily work. we so appreciate you all & your dedication to our young people. towards open borders & just, healthy housing, and everything else our children need! big hugs, CJJC”
Games Wiki Now Exists!
The days of printing multiple pdfs and carting around games books from the library are over. Now you can go to our work-in-progress Games Wiki before your childcare shift, and find something fun (and political, and transformational!) to play! Then, after your shift, go back to the wiki and add all the tips you just learned about how to modify Jumping Toe Tag so that it works with 3 year olds in a conference room. Or add the game that the kids just invented!
It’s easy. The idea of a “wiki” is that it’s a website that anyone can edit– this is how wikipedia works, for example. To edit the wiki, create a log-in at the top-right of the page, and then edit away! There are more instructions on that page if you’re getting stuck, and you can always email or call for more assistance. Also, I’m looking for some collective members (or anyone) who want to volunteer typing up games from some old books I have. You will be rewarded with hot tub use (optional), and bubbles.
Lastly, special thanks to collective member Mika for spearheading this project and building the wiki. It’s beautiful.
-Encian (epastel(at)gmail.com, 510-613-5059)
March with the Bay Area Childcare Collective on May 29th day of action against Arizona!
The Childcare Collective “Rattle the System” contingent is meeting at the vaillancourt fountain at 4pm. Bring kids, bubbles, noise makers, jump ropes & signs!
The Arizona baseball team, the Diamondbacks (whose owner helps bankroll the right wing in Arizona) are playing the Giants in San Francisco. Protests against the Diamondbacks around the country help promote the Arizona Boycott, and help nationalize the struggle. In SF on the 29th, Assemble at Embarcadero at 4PM for March. March to and Protest at AT&T Park at 5.15PM. The game starts at 6.05PM.