Outer Work is a community care club where you can do your part better.™ We create intimate and impactful opportunities for education, reflection, and direct action in support of BIPOC visions as a solutions-based approach to racism.
Outer Work is for you if you believe in the value of being anti-racist, want to actually DO something about it, and enjoy yourself in the process!
We learn + reflect together in what more than one member has called “the best comments section on the internet.” And we tackle initiatives that support BIPOC visions for an equitable future by pooling our resources and working together to make shit happen.
Education – Our Community Classes are held monthly and give you the vital skills needed to contribute to oppressed communities impact-fully, empathetically, knowledge-fully, and joyfully. You’ll also gain access to our archive of lessons + new ones weekly on how to practice anti-racism in your mind, your social circle, and across all aspects of life from your Healthcare to your Hobbies + Interests.
Action – Our Community Care Exchange program allows BIPOC members to make mutual aid requests for funds, time, or skills that will uplift their visions and lives. Non-BIPOC (and well-resourced BIPOC folx) can then respond to said requests, fulfilling their own desire to take direct action with a joyful, community-oriented approach.
Reflection – Expect opportunities to join small-group circles centered around conscious-raising books, films, or art in various areas of interest from healthcare to prison reform to the beauty industry.
Compassion, never shame. There's a reason we're called "the best comments section on the internet": We believe that you can't know what you haven't been taught. Just show up and be willing to learn.
Anti-racism should be a sustainable practice. That's why we focus on solutions and never outrage: We believe focusing on the problems is only helpful until you can identify a solution. Then, our attention must shift to DOING and doing must always be sustainable – aka impactful AND enjoyable.
Hey, I'm Lenéa Sims – an educator, sociologist, community builder, Black woman, and the founder of Outer Work. I'm using my privileges – light-skinned, institutionally educated, and a lifelong proximity to whiteness – to uplift the visions of BIPOC folx and to educate + inspire non-BIPOC folx to become anti-racist for the long-haul.
I believe that community care is the solution to oppression and that, to see any change in our world, we all need to develop a deeper understanding of oppression, critically reflect upon our contributions to it, and find + practice our unique community superpowers.