"Racial Equity Here”: A joint commitment to dismantle structural racism in America
Organizations from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors announced recently the Racial Equity Here commitment, an effort to dismantle structural racism in America. Recognizing the need to collectively tackle growing racial disparities, these institutions invite others to join them in taking clear steps to prioritize racial equity in their work.
Racial Equity Here is a collaboration led by Living Cities, a philanthropic collaborative focused on racial and economic justice, and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a project of Race Forward and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. More than 190 groups have committed to create more equitable communities and workplaces by learning about structural racism, using racial equity tools to guide action that closes gaps and improves outcomes for all, and partnering across sectors to align efforts and accelerate results, states the press release.
This growing movement has been accelerated through the Racial Equity Here initiative, launched by Living Cities and GARE in 2016, which helped five cities (Albuquerque, Austin, Grand Rapids, Louisville, and Philadelphia) transform their municipal operations to better address racial disparities.
“Racial Equity Here is about changing the structures and systems that create and perpetuate racial inequity,” said john a. powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Professor of Law, UC Berkeley. “We are committed to expanding the “we” in we the people, building bridges across sectors and states to amplify and accelerate our multiracial movement for belonging and racial justice,” said powell who will be part of this year's GIA Conference.