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Stories - Racial Equity

How would a person who comes from a marginalized group in society come to know that she had the power to transform that society?  How would a person with three or four degrees of “otherness” come to...
Many are unaware that racism rooted in structural inequities has a significant impact on our food system.  From food production, to processing to consumption – systemic inequities show up in this...
The writings of Martin Luther King continue to urge me to clearer sight and greater urgency on issues of racial justice.
Addressing diversity issues in your community can be difficult and complex.  Many look to Decatur, Georgia as an example of inclusion, diversity & citizen engagement. This is an community update...
What better way to spend the day, Saturday, December 2nd  than with a broad diversity of people from across Connecticut who want to make our towns, cities and state even greater places to live – who...
While our nation’s civic fabric has frayed, the backbone of our country—its people—has demonstrated a resilience in community that has inspired powerful change. On October 19-20, civic engagement...
When you're naming your community change effort, you may have some difficult decisions to make, especially if you're addressing racism. Should you include the word "racism" in the name? Will it turn...
Anyone doing community change work wants to make a lasting impact. It can be difficult to find a way to make dialogue and action integral to the way the community works. In Wagner, S.D., residents...
If we're going to make progress in our communities and in our country, people from all backgrounds and views must work together to address racism and inequities. Check out three communities that are...
"It’s not the city and the citizens or versus the citizens or serving the citizens, it’s all of us working together here." Take a look at what happens when a city cultivates a culture of citizen...
New York City residents are taking action to address concerns about food and health disparities. Four action teams are connecting residents with elected officials and local businesses, educating the...
In Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, students, teachers, and staff have participated in dialogues to help find ways to address racial barriers to student achievement for over a decade....
When racial tensions rose to a tipping point in Stratford, Conn., the city used this as a springboard to improve community-police relations. Now, nearly a decade later, they see many results of their...
After two high-profile police shootings, the South Bronx community works to increase Latino and African-American presence on the police force and improve relations with the police department.
After using dialogue to address poverty and build prosperity, residents of the rural town of Wagner, S.D., realized that there was something holding them back from making real progress: they needed...
When the  Aurora Community Study Circles program started in 1996, there were 26 murders in Aurora and multiple complaints of human rights violations. Last year, there were none. The tremendous impact...
Leaders in Lynchburg, Va., looked for a new way to help residents grapple with issues of racism and racial equity in their increasingly diverse city. More than 2,000 people have taken part in...
Project Dialogue to Action has been working in Jacksonville, Fla., for more than 10 years to address racial inequities in a variety of areas including economic development, housing, and the criminal...
Community leaders noticed that more than half of inmates were people of color. They launched community dialogue to reduce racial profiling and strengthen police relations.
In one of the nation's longest running dialogue-to-change programs to address racism and racial inequalities, Syracuse (N.Y.) residents are concentrating their efforts on the student achievement gap...
Guided by a diverse group of community leaders, New Haven 2020: It Starts Now brought neighbors together to address issues affecting the well-being of youth. As part of the Communities Creating...
Carling Sitterley talks about experiences that piqued her interest in racial equity and her ideas for involving young people in dialogues and action groups.
Vince Two Eagles tells his story of how he got involved in the Wagner (S.D.) Horizons Racism Study Circles and shares his insights on how to direct change to benefit everyone in a community.
In a community with no ethnic majority, South Sacramento's Committee Addressing Racial Equity (CARE) has brought all kinds of people together in dialogues to explore ways of eliminating racism.
Jah’shams Abdul-Mu’min discusses the role of healing in civic processes and the innovative ways the organization is working with grassroots groups to help people make a difference in their community.
At each step in the process, I have been reluctant.  Despite my reluctance, I have shared my experiences, participated in dialogue activities, and I have had some eye-opening conversations and...
Frances, an African-American mother of a teenaged boy, moved to Syracuse a couple of years ago. She came from the Bronx to escape the violence, drugs, and street life that was poisoning her family....
Bonnie Ratner of South Sacramento, Calif., discusses her organization’s efforts to bring the diverse community together in dialogues to find ways to build racial equity, including using affinity...
Kirsten Parker-Smith, a probation officer in Lynchburg, Va., talks about her experience facilitating a dialogue on racism. She helped her dialogue group surface some uncomfortable conversations and...
Faced with dramatic shifts in the student population in the county, educators began to see that the gap in student achievement was tied to the communication gap between schools and parents from...

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.