We Dream in Black (WeDiB) is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and is the political home for Black domestic workers across the country.

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 the domestic work industry was built on the subjugation and exploitation of Black women. 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.
 

We Dream in Black | NDWA

What Do We Do?

Our worker organizing is focused on shifting the narrative about Black domestic workers across healthcare, childcare and house 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 in the workplace.

Training

Our members have access to training and tools that help them build new skills in their industries in order to negotiate for themselves 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 stronger 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 domestic workers.

Unbossed Agenda

The ‘Unbossed Agenda’ is We Dream in Black’s organizing directive to give power back to the visions of Black domestic workers, who are U.S. born and immigrants, of multiple gender identities and sexualities, and of varied class backgrounds and abilities—some of the most invisible, essential and unprotected workers in our country.

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Become a Member

Are you a nanny, housecleaner, or caregiver and do you identify as Black or of African descent? Sign up for a NDWA membership and join the We Dream in Black community.