Racial Healing and Equity Network - A New Way Forward

We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, endorse the formation of a national network for the purpose of advancing a new sense of what is possible within the five areas of racial healing and equity described below.

In doing so, we are committing to be part of the national conversation – the journey -- to define and give birth to this ground-breaking effort.

Thus, we may not have all the answers to the HOW, but we are so inspired by the vision below that we are willing to help shape it.

  • CREATE A SENSE OF MOVEMENT. Advance a proactive and cross-sector movement that eliminates or significantly transforms race and racism in our lifetime. And, in the process (and just as important), inspires people to believe – and act on the belief – that this can be achieved.

  • BUILD THE FIELD. Define and support the relatively new -- and still emerging -- field of healing and personal transformation as well as continue to build the capacity of organizations focused on racial equity.

  • CONNECT THE DOTS. Promote and support approaches that leverage strategies for healing with efforts to transform inequitable systems and structures.

  • SHARE AND DEEPEN KNOWLEDGE. Serve as a hub for knowledge, resources and tools related to healing and the nexus between healing and equity.

  • BRING THE HEAT AND THE POWER. Through our collective infrastructure -- and an approach that blends strategies for healing and equity (possibly through Healing and Equity Action Teams) -- provide rapid response support to communities, organizations and institutions grappling with incidents of racism. And through a parallel approach that is proactive, identify and engage “acupuncture points” within inequitable systems and structures to which, if collective power was applied, can potentially bring about deep and long lasting (if not permanent) change in ways not yet experienced.

Vision statement endorsed by the following organizations:

  • Action Communication and Education Reform
  • Aimée Sands Production
  • Akonadi Foundation
  • Americans for Indian Opportunity
  • Applegate Consulting Group
  • Arkansas Public Policy Panel
  • Asian Pacific Community in Action
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • BuildCommunity
  • Building Bridges of Asheville
  • Calhoun Race Impact Alliance
  • California Alliance of African American Educators
  • California Association of Human Relations Organizations
  • Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network
  • The Center for Educational Equity
  • The Center for Leadership Innovation
  • Center for Native American Youth
  • Center for Partnership Studies
  • Center for the Healing of Racism
  • City of San Diego Human Relations Commission
  • Common Focus
  • Communities Partnership
  • The Community Group/Dialogue on Race
  • Creighton University
  • Degrees of Change
  • Demos
  • Diane J. Goodman, Social Justice Consulting
  • Dual Language Education of New Mexico
  • Educational Equity Consultants
  • North Lawndale Employment Network
  • North Star Collaboration
  • NTL Institute
  • One Nation Indivisible
  • Parents United for Responsible Education
  • Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
  • Poverty & Race Research Action Council
  • POWER-PAC, a project of COFI
  • The Praxis Project
  • Prtichett and Associates
  • Public Policy Associates, Inc.
  • Race Matters Institute
  • Rural School & Community Trust
  • Rural School and Community Trust
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
  • SMOW Racial & Social Justice Ministry
  • Sojourn Past
  • The SOURCE
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Stone Circles at The Stone House
  • Summit Leadership Initiative
  • SWGA Project for Community Education
  • TASH
  • Unity Council
  • University of Minnesota, Social Justice Program
  • UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities
  • White People Challenging Racism
  • The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
  • Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, Truth and Reconciliation
  • Excellent Schools Detroit
  • Fathers & Families
  • Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Land Assistance Fund
  • Healthy Native
  • Hispanic Affairs Project
  • Initiatives of Change/Hope in the Cities
  • Institute of the Black World 21st Century
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • John Egan Urban Center, DePaul University
  • Juanita Capri Brown & Associates
  • Just Communities Central Coast
  • The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, The Ohio State University
  • Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance
  • Latinas, Tabaco, y Cáncer
  • LeFlore Communications
  • Little Black Pearl
  • Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission
  • Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Montgomery County Office of Human Rights
  • MP Associates
  • MSD
  • Multnomah County Health Department
  • Muncie Human Rights Commission
  • Narrative PraxisDeveloping Families Center
  • National Compadres Network
  • Native Americans in Philanthropy
  • NC PD CORE
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