Our Racial Equity Work
As the Community Action Network aims to effectively eradicate the causes and conditions of poverty, we understand that racial inequity rests at the intersection of multiple barriers that impede access to economic security for children, families and communities.
To foster equitable access to a thriving future for all children and families, the Partnership is pleased to offer new tools and resources to strengthen the Networks capacity to analyze the intersection of race and poverty in the lives of the entire community.
In this featured video, Community Action colleagues around the nation pay tribute to Martin Luther King Junior. His work inspires Community Action Professionals everywhere. Our network is proud to serve as a voice of opportunity for millions, and we are proud to promote equality in America. We strive each and every day to make a difference in the lives of others.
In 2016, The Partnership joined a coalition of more than 100 organizations to partner on a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) enterprise
supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The TRHT enterprise empowers communities to embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious
beliefs in the hierarchy of human value.
The coalition seeks to move the nation beyond dialogues about race and ethnicity to unearthing historic and contemporary patterns that are barriers to success, healing those wounds and creating opportunities for all children. Click here to access the full coalition announcement.
“The TRHT enterprise builds on WKKF’s long standing work in racial equity and aligns with Community Action’s mission of ameliorating the causes and conditions of poverty, building on past and current Partnership efforts to address inequality and structural racism,” said Denise Harlow, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Action Partnership.
The Community Action Network has been a central pivotal force in eradicating poverty for low-income children and families in local communities for over 50 years. Engagement with TRHT will provide Community Action Agencies and their partners with awareness, new tools and increased capacity to analyze the intersection of race and poverty in the lives of children. It will also assist CAAs in their efforts to develop effective strategies to dismantle the negative impact of that intersection at the child, family, community, and institutional levels that will ultimately support local efforts towards healing and transformation.
“Community Action plays a key role in many communities throughout our country. By way of our network, we are uniquely positioned to support community healing and to advocate for economic and racial justice on the local, regional and national forefront.
Our strength comes from the Community Action ‘Promise’ to ‘help people
and change lives’. This latest initiative paves a way for embodying the spirit of hope and improving communities for all of America,”
– Denise Harlow CEO, National Community Action Partnership
National Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Webinar
Racial Equity in Financial Empowerment Program Design
Community Action Partnership Resources
Additional Resources and Presentations on Racial Equity and Inclusiveness:
National Equity Atlas (for Community Assessments)