Racial Equity

Forming a More Connected Community - Stamford, CT

Stamford is a city of contrasts and divergences. It is a city in which you will find picturesque New England coastal residences as well as day laborers on highway ramps running toward vehicles in an attempt to earn a day’s wage. Eminent domain, urban revitalization, new immigrants and modernization are changing the dynamics and social fabric of Stamford. It is in this landscape of disparities that we launched a seven session dialogue series titled “Facing Racism in Stamford.”

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.

2018 Aicher Award Winners

For more than 25 years, Everyday Democracy has worked with communities across the country to foster a healthy and vibrant democracy – characterized by strong relationships across divides, leadership development, including the voices of all people, and understanding and addressing structural racism. In 2017, the organization launched the Paul and Joyce Aicher Award Competition for Leaders in Democracy to raise the visibility of people and organizations who are supporting this work and Generation Justice of Albuquerque, New Mexico was the first recipient of the award.  Awardees receive $10,000 to further their mission.

In 2018, this distinguished award,  went to Beth Broadway, President/CEO of InterFaith Works of Central New York. Beth’s winning nomination was selected from 67 nominations of both individuals and organizations, in this second annual national contest.  New this year, was a "Runner Up" category which went to Mayme Webb-Bledsoe of Duke / Durham, North Carolina, who received $2,500.

Learn more about Beth and Mayme's work, as well as the accomplishments of the award finalists, honorable mentions and promising practices.


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Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources 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.