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Tuesday, January 21st CRIO will be hosting our second community discussion on race at
It started as an invitation to join the conversation. We asked you to talk about race . . . and you did, the good, the bad and the ugly. It was an effort to bridge the divide by sharing our experiences and framing the conversation to include (1) acknowledgement of the past and pain of racial discrimination which still persist in this country (2) confronting individual biases which contribute to prejudices and permit discrimination to continue and (3) talking to one another respectfully and candidly about race no matter how uncomfortable the conversation.
The conversation remains vital, but it is important to move from conversation to action in effecting positive changes. We are seeing on a national scale, just how devastating and lethal systemic racism and discrimination are to the Black community; higher rates of death from Covid-19, higher mortality rates during police interactions, higher unemployment rates, and the list is endless. Let’s advance the conversation by transformative action; engaging one another, organizing when necessary, and influencing policy making.
It won’t be easy, but there is growing momentum for reform. Now is the right time to stand united in resolving the racial inequities and disparities which plague our communities across the country. You can be part of the solution by letting your actions speak in ways which improve the quality of life for everyone. Today, I commit to:
A report published by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation outlining the economic and social gains that accompany the advancement of racial equity in the workplace.
A tool created by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to provide a structured process for identifying a problem, understanding the root causes, ascertaining solution
A guide for public dialogue and problem solving published by Everyday Democracy.
A step-by-step guide providing an easy-to-follow process for incorporating racial equity into all decision-making and policy development published by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
A toolkit to assist organizations in advancing racial equity through data collection, community engagement, and continued accountability published by the Government Alliance on Race and
Fifteen tools for creating healthy and productive interracial/multicultural communities.