Compact for Racial Justice: An Agenda for Fairness and Unity

On November 6, 2013 Applied Research Center (ARC) was rebranded as Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. The content on this page was published on the ARC website prior to the rebrand.

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Compact for Racial Justice: An Agenda for Fairness and Unity

Read the Preamble and Essays.
Sign on individually and organizationally.
Listen to the "Compact Forum" conference calls.

The Compact for Racial Justice is a proactive plan for fairness andunity in our communities, politics, the economy and the law. It offersconcrete strategies and policy proposals to reverse racial disparitiesand move our society towards full equity, inclusion and dignity for allpeople.

Watch the Call to Action Video


 

Preamble of the Compact for Racial JusticeResidents of the United States are experiencing an unprecedented, inspiring, and transformational moment in our nation’s history. Shouted by some in blazing daylight and whispered by others in dark corners, the lived reality of race and racism is at the center of the American conversation in ways we haven’t seen in nearly half a century. Far from being a post-racial moment, however, this is a time that calls for unique clarity about the possibilities and dangers we face, and for bold action that is based on our best thinking and highest hopes. [Read the full preamble and essays in the Compact  ]

 

Sign the Compact Pledge Individually TheCompact for Racial Justice seeks toengage a broad multiracial base of activists, opinion leaders  andpolicymakers in making government and powerful institutions accountablefor eliminating racial inequality in our schools, hospitals, courtroomsand workplaces.

Endorse the Compact OrganizationallyThe Obama Presidency signals a desire for a new, more substantive discussion about race in America. The Compact for Racial Justice addresses this need by transcending talk of personal prejudice with compelling evidence of institutional racism and realistic proactive solutions. Your group can join Compact endorsers like these: Policy Link, AFL-CIO, Green for All, The Schott Foundation for Public Education, The Sentencing Project, The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, Center for Third World Organizing, Californians for Justice, Idaho Community Action Network. 

Listen to the "Compact Forum" conference calls. 

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View the "100-days" Race in Review page

Listen to the "100-days" Compact Phone Forum April 28th. [MP3 Audio recording of the full call]

 


 Resources for Race and Recession Compact Forum April 14:

MP3 Audio recording of the full call 


Resources for Race and Civil Rights Compact Forum March 31:

MP3 Audio recording of the full call 

[PDF] Racial Equity Impact Assessment Toolkit

[VIDEO] POCs and LGBTs:Building alliances that win


Resources for Race and Immigration Compact Forum March 17:

MP3 Audio recording of the full call

Fair Immigration Reform Movement

Center for CommunityChange’s Fair Immigration Reform Movement

Center for a NewCommunity inquires at info@newcomm.org orat newcomm.org

Imagine 2050 Blog

[VIDEO] Nunu Kidane onRace, Refugees and Obama

[VIDEO] Wrong Then,Wrong Now , the Conversation Guide PDF is here.


Resources for Race and Health Compact Forum March 3:

MP3 Audio recording of the full call

[PDF] 2008 Health Impact Assessment Report for California (2MB)


Resources from Race and Jobs Compact Forum Feb 17:

MP3 Audio recording of the full call

Ongoing coverage: Racewire.org , AFLCIO.org , Greenforall.org

[PDF] Resources on the National Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act

[VIDEO] Racial Justice and the Employee Free Choice Act: Interview with Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO

[VIDEO] The Green-Collar Stimulus: Interview with Ian Kim of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

ARC Report: Check the Color Line -- Racial Income Gap Chronic Problem Even Before the Meltdown

The Opportunities of Our Economic Crisis: by Steve Pitts, Labor Specialist, Center for Labor Research and Education at UC Berkeley.

 


Resources from Race and the Economy Compact Forum Feb 3:

MP3 Audio recording of the full call

Campaign for Community Change: Tell the Senate: The stimulus package must reach everyone!

OAP State Budget Press release PDF

Racial Equity Impact Assessments for Economic Policies and Budgets

Racial Equity Impacts in the House Stimulus Bill

 


Full Contents of the Compact for Racial Justice

(links for individual essays below)

1. Preamble

2. Bush Overview by Dominique Apollon: Director of Research, Applied Research Center

3. Issue Essays


"I signed the pledge because I think it's smart. It's thoughtful, and deliberate about how we can talk about and advance racial justice by talking about environmental justice, by talking about economic justice."

-- Andrea Batista Schlesinger, Exec. Dir. Drum Major Institute for Public Policy 

"The Schott Foundation for Public Education endorsed the Compact because we believe it is important to highlight the challenges in racial and gender disparities, but it's also important to outline the solutions. And that's what the Compact is about."

-- John H. Jackson, President and CEO The Schott Foundation for Public Education