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Join the Center for Social Inclusion in NYC for the People’s Climate Justice Summit

Today, September 22nd, and tomorrow, September 23rd, is the People’s Climate Justice Summit in New York City. The summit is hosted by the Climate Justice Alliance, featuring the voices, strategies, and […]

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[Video] Exploring government’s role in moving racial equity

“…If we don’t do racial equity, everything else that we do is threatened,” ~St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. Last month, CSI participated in the Convening on Racial Equity in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over 600 activists, advocates, and government officials attended the Convening to think about the connections between government, community organizing, and racial equity and move a collective strategy towards change.

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Five Ways to Center Racial Justice in Climate Change Activism

In just two weeks, global leaders will converge on the United Nations to discuss the future of our planet and make recommendations for how the world responds to climate change. Will it be enough? We have written before how the failure to address structural inequity drives climate change. And, we have highlighted how our past policies do not allow for full participation in both our economy and energy solutions. While our nation remains gridlocked on climate change, state and local leaders are putting forth policy ideas that are not always responsive to community needs – leaving people frustrated. Instead, our leaders should be looking to, and listening to, communities who are innovating from the ground, rather than proposing the “same old” solutions from the top.

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The Center for Social Inclusion joins the People’s Climate March

On Sunday, September 21st, join the Center for Social Inclusion and over 1,000 partner organizations at the People’s Climate March in New York City.

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“Hardly any of my best friends are Black” – A Structural Perspective

Last week, the Washington Post reported the results of a study by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) that show that the average White person in America hardly has any non-White friends. How do we interpret these results? Are most White people lying when they say they have a Black friend? Do White people find it difficult to relate to people of color and vice versa? These are some of the questions that are floating around the internet since The Washington Post reported on PRRI’s study. Unpacking these questions is important, but doing so won’t drive the conversations that will help us understand and address race in this country.

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Reclaiming the Energy Vision Through Energy Democracy: a Webinar with the Center for Social Inclusion

On September 11th, Join the Center for Social Inclusion, the Global Labor Institute, Citizens for Local Power and Local Power, Inc. in the first installment of “Possibilities and Pitfalls of New York’s Major Energy Utility Reform,” a webinar series to learn more about democratizing our energy choices for a more sustainable future.

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How Deep These Roots Go: Race, Michael Brown and Ferguson

Renisha McBride in Detroit. Eric Garner in New York. Oscar Grant in Oakland. And now, Michael Brown in Ferguson. The list can go on for pages. It’s a devastating, heartbreaking list. These are people’s children. Lives taken too early. Unjustly.

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Women of Color Hold the Keys to Transforming the Food System

As a Black girl growing up as a farmworker in rural North Carolina, the realities of our food system were obvious early on. My first realization that the food system was broken was not in the segregated lines of free “welfare baby” lunchers and full-price lunch students in middle school, nor was it in the grocery store line where we shamefully offered our welfare checks in exchange for Body Buddies cereal and “government cheese.” It was in the tobacco and cucumber fields, just outside of Mount Olive, where my 11-year-old twin sister, my younger cousins, my aunts, and myself spent our summers working for Mr. Julius; his grandson, who was much younger than all of us, was our overseer, towering over us on his tractor.

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The Race to Democracy Blog is the news, analysis, and media center for the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). CSI is a national policy strategy organization that works to transform structural inequity into structural fairness and inclusion. We work with community groups and national organizations to develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive.

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