I’m danielle marilyn west, or danni, the new Development Director at RG! My hope in writing to you is share about my story, my background and orientation to what we are trying to do together: build and be transformative leaders for the redistribution of land, wealth, and power.
I’m 32 and have been an organizer for over half of my life. I come from a buffer-class family and was raised by working-class parents in a wealthy, system-aligned suburb of Dayton, Ohio. My father was raised on a farm in Northern Ohio (my people on both sides have been settler-occupiers of land in Ohio for many generations, and I regularly marinate on what the implications are to me in terms of material and spiritual accountability and reparation) and, before retiring, he was a professor at a state school in southwestern Ohio. My mother was raised in Akron, Ohio, where the family (and after her father died, her single-mother worked) for Goodyear Tire Company. My Mother’s paid work was from labor as a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and as a religious educator with the Unitarian Universalist faith. Both of my parents have bachelors and graduate degrees. To use a phrase I … Continue reading »