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Stand Against Racism - Take Action

On April 26, 2019, Everyday Democracy hosted its 7th Stand Against Racism Day event in partnership with the YWCA of Greater Hartford. Entitled No Hate, No Fear: Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice, the event brought together Everyday Democracy staff members as well as representatives of some of the nonprofit organizations that are also part of the CT Nonprofit Alliance to address shared concerns about the racist, divisive, and hateful narrative that we hear almost every day about immigration and the so-called “crisis at the border.”

Four Communities Across the Country That Have Embedded Dialogue to Change

For more than 25 years, Everyday Democracy has worked with communities across the country to foster a healthy and vibrant democracy – one that is characterized by strong relationships across divides, racial equity, and widespread leadership and voice.  Here are snapshots of just four of the hundreds of communities that have been positively transformed through their Dialogue to Change efforts.

Syracuse New York's Beth Broadway wins 2018 Paul Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award

Beth Broadway, President/CEO of InterFaith Works of Central New York, was selected as the winner of the 2018 Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award. Beth’s winning nomination was selected from 67 nominations of both individuals and organizations, in this second annual national contest, and as a result, $10,000 for her agency and an award statue was presented to Beth at a ceremony in Hartford, CT on December 6.

The separation of migrant families is part of a long history of racist immigration policies in the U.S.

Everyday Democracy strives to build equity and fairness in our communities and across the country in order to build a strong democracy that works for everyone. Immigration policies in the U.S. are rooted in a history of racism, ableism, and classism, dating back to 1790 when citizenship was limited to white people. There have been many policies that have been enacted since then to restrict or prohibit certain groups of people from becoming citizens. Today, we can’t ignore the heartbreaking stories of families torn apart as a result of a “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Anchor Partner InterFaith Works in Central New York is On a Mission

Central New York’s Interfaith Works’ El Hindi Center for Dialogue continually confronts “hot topics” in the community head on, with thoughtful, facilitated listening and sharing sessions that gather people together and lead to planning and action. From dialogues on Police Community Relations to Ending Racism to Youth Cultural Exchanges to conversations on Education Equity, the Center has been successfully building bridges of understanding throughout the community, and is a sought after source for institutions and initiatives seeking racial equity and equitable solutions to day-to-day challenges they may be facing.

Anchor Partner InterFaith Works in Central New York is On a Mission

Central New York’s Interfaith Works’ El Hindi Center for Dialogue continually confronts “hot topics” in the community head on, with thoughtful, facilitated listening and sharing sessions that gather people together and lead to planning and action. From dialogues on Police Community Relations to Ending Racism to Youth Cultural Exchanges to conversations on Education Equity, the Center has been successfully building bridges of understanding throughout the community, and is a sought after source for institutions and initiatives seeking racial equity and equitable solutions to day-to-day challenges they may be facing.

Everyday Democracy signs Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration

Everyday Democracy is proud to sign the Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration

The United States stands at a historic crossroads. Founded as a refuge from religious persecution and built by generations of immigrants, our country has been the standard bearer internationally for the assertion and protection of inalienable rights and freedoms, a beacon of hope for refugees facing oppression and persecution, and a land of opportunity for immigrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families. As philanthropic institutions, we have built our missions on this proud and rich tradition. We have invested in creating healthy communities, promoting diversity and inclusion, building a vibrant democracy, and advancing equity and equality for all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, immigration status, and national origin.

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How We Can Help

We provide discussion guides, how-to handbooks, trainings, and other resources to help you create a more democratic and inclusive community. We invite you to explore the resources on our website and adapt them for the specific needs of your community. You are welcome to contact us any time you have a question about using one of the resources on our website. If you are interested in organizing a large-scale, community-wide dialogue, we may be able to provide assistance in setting up your program.

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Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.