2020-21 Race Equity & Social Justice

Goals & Activities

 

Goal #1  Increase hiring and recruitment/retention and support for people of color on the staff and board. 

  1. Finalize explicit language and clear definition of the organization’s race equity/social justice values and goals. (Staff and Board)
  2. Develop goals for # or % of staff/board who identify as Black, Latinx or people of color.  (Staff RESJ Committee recommendation to Board Executive Committee)
  3. Formalize job posting template (share with staff and board). Include list of languages for bilingual reference in all job postings. Include responsibility for advancing SCLT Race Equity/Social Justice values, goals and activities in all job postings. (Staff)

 

Goal #2  Create new outside facilitation/training program – including affinity groups (Staff RESJ Committee recommendation to Board)

  1. 1-2 all-staff trainings
  2. 1 all-staff and board training

 

Goal #3  Increase outreach and services to Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous and people of color communities – especially those groups that have not been well represented in SCLT programs (Board and Staff)

  1. Update website re: RESJ values and goals (Staff)
  2. Hold public event in August, 2020, with Rashid Nuri (Staff)
  3. Provide public officials tour (Staff and Board)

 

Goal #4  All staff and board members feel some responsibility and play a role in advancing the race equity/social justice agenda at SCLT.  (Staff and Board)

  1. Complete online survey of staff and board to determine level of engagement for both groups (Staff and Board)
  2. Continue monthly all-staff Race Equity/Social Justice meetings facilitated by staff members.
  3. Continue regular activities of Race Equity/Social Justice Committee (Staff).

 

Document based on input from SCLT staff
and board of directors received in 2019 and 2020

On justice & solidarity with BLM

 

The opposite of poverty isn’t wealth. It is justice – Bryan Stevenson

The opposite of outrage is justice

The opposite of racism is justice

The opposite of murder is justice

The opposite of hunger is justice

The opposite of disease is justice

 

The Black Lives Matter movement is a demand for justice like no other in our times. Sons and daughters all across our country are standing arm-in-arm with community members demanding justice for Black Americans. Their voices are heard because we will not be silent and condone injustice, nor ignore the consequences of institutional racism.

Southside Community Land Trust’s Board and Staff honor the memory of George Floyd and so many others and grieve with their families and those who loved them. We are outraged and saddened, and join the fight to end violence against the countless victims of color whose voices were senselessly silenced by police brutality and the sanctions of racial injustice.

SCLT recognizes that racial injustice is the most significant obstacle to accomplishing our mission. The fundamental reason people of color don’t have access to fresh, healthy and affordable food is because food systems in the United States, along with all other economic and social systems, are structured to deny equal access to Black, Indigenous and all people of color.

If race justice were achieved:

  • All people of color would benefit from lower rates of diet-related chronic disease and live in communities where healthy food is plentiful.
  • All people of color would have access to traditional foods and preparation methods that help preserve their cultures.
  • All people of color would have the means to grow healthy food and succeed as farmers, and to empower their communities by keeping both food and money in their local economies.
  • All people of color would benefit from improved quality of life associated with preparing and enjoying healthy food.
  • All people of color would live in neighborhoods free of toxic pollution and other environmental damage.

 

In order to accomplish this, SCLT has embarked on a program of work to combat racial injustice both internally and in our communities during the past two years. This work is important because:

  • Most of the people with whom we work and employ are Black and Brown people who face racial injustice every day.
  • Economic and social systems in the United States were built to empower White people. These systems disregard the lives and experiences of people of color.
  • The work we do can create meaningful connections between people of all backgrounds and, if done with this in mind, can advance racial justice.

 

While SCLT implements practical, on-the-ground programs, their impact is limited if we are not also striving to eliminate the racist constructs that limit their success. This includes continuing efforts to recruit and hire a critical mass of people of color for the staff and board and especially for positions of leadership at the organization. Our commitment at SCLT is straightforward: to oppose injustice, to intentionally promote programs that are anti-racist and anti-poverty and to raise our voices in solidarity with Black and Brown families victimized by police violence.

Please check back here for updates about SCLT’s ongoing race equity work. We will provide information about our internal race equity strategies as well as initiatives developed in partnership with the growers, youth and communities with whom we work.

Meanwhile, we encourage you to join us by buying from local farmers, food entrepreneurs and allies of our work. Please follow the links below to local businesses run by people are color who would welcome your support. Clearly, this is merely a start to dismantling racism and white supremacy: We will share other resources and stories of Black and Brown people working in and challenging the injustices of poverty, food insecurity and lack of representation in the RI food and agriculture sectors going forward.

Silence is violence. In justice we stand. Black Lives Matter. Enough is enough. The time to end racism and police violence is long overdue.

– Southside Community Land Trust

Board of Directors & Staff

 June 16, 2020

 

With thanks to the following for compiling these lists:

SCLT Race Equity

Values Statement

Southside Community Land Trust recognizes that the most significant obstacle to accomplishing our mission is racial injustice.  The fundamental reason all people in the United States don’t have access to fresh, healthy and affordable food is because food systems – along with all other economic and social systems – are structured in a way that denies equal access to Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous and all people of color.

If race equity were achieved:

All people of color would have the means to choose to grow and eat healthy food or succeed in a farming occupation.  

All people of color would have access to the traditional foods and preparation methods that help maintain their cultures.

All people of color would benefit from improved quality of life associated with growing and preparing their own food.

All people of color would benefit from local farms and businesses that keep both food and money in their communities.

All people of color would benefit from lower rates of diet-related chronic disease and live in communities where healthy food is plentiful. 

Most of the people with whom SCLT works are faced with racial injustice everyday.  The communities where we work are made up of mostly Black and Brown people. SCLT understands that economic and social systems in the United States have been built to empower white people. These systems disregard the lives and experiences of people of color. 

We also know that the work we do can create meaningful connections between people of all backgrounds and, if done with this in mind, can advance racial justice. While SCLT implements practical, on the ground programs, their impact is limited if we are not also working to eliminate the racist constructs that create obstacles to our success. 

Document based on input from SCLT staff
and board of directors received in 2019 and 2020