Civil rights and genuine equity

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Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman..” 

—Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Two Americas

by Louisa Mancey, WE In The World

In 1967, during the height of the fight for Civil Rights and equity for all, Dr. Malcom Luther King Jr gave a talk called the Other America. In this, he highlights some of the challenges to bring about genuine equity when the realities of Americans were so vastly different that it was hard for those living on the other side to appreciate the conditions for others, even those within their own communities and neighborhoods. In many talks like this, he paints a stark and brutal image of the lives of many people from many backgrounds and ethnicities that may not seem so different from those struggling for survival today, particularly those from the black community. 

Since that time, there have been many hard-won victories in and out of the courts for civil rights and equity. America is celebrated all over the world as leading the fight for equal rights and opportunities for all. Despite this, however, the evidence still shows two Americas living side by side with a wealth gap that is persistent and has not closed since it was first recorded in the 1960s. The fight for civil rights and ‘genuine’ equity is not over. The standard set by MLK is truly a lofty one that continues to inspire this fight for everyone to have the opportunity to experience a life of genuine equity.

A talk on genuine equity

The Other America: A talk by Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 1967

... "to deal with this problem of the two Americas, we are seeking to make America one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Let me say that the struggle for civil rights is to make these two Americas one America is more difficult today than it was 5 or 10 years ago" ...

Articles for reflection

MLK Day: 5 women who played a vital role in the civil rights movement

Yahoo! Today we celebrate the legendary civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the many women who also played integral roles in the fight against racial, economic and gender inequalities in America. From lunch counter sit-ins to nonviolent marches, those within the movement paved the way for the passage of both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Here are five of those women who helped champion King’s mission of social justice and peace.

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Dr. Martin Luther King on Healthcare injustice

PNHP At a press conference before his speech to the committee’s annual meeting. King said: “We are concerned about the constant use of federal funds to support this most notorious expression of segregation. Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death.

“I see no alternative to direct action and creative nonviolence to raise the conscience of the nation.”

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Color of Change: A Podcast on the importance of preserving accurate Black History

This first episode will be a conversation between Color Of Change President, Rashad Robinson, and Professor Kimberle Crenshaw founder of African American Policy Forum on the importance of preserving accurate Black History in the U.S. education system.


Rules of the Game Podcast: Advocacy Wins!

In this episode, we highlight some of the victories nonprofit advocates have achieved at the state and federal level (California).

Bolder Advocacy: A Program for Alliance for Justice

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Resources for Equity

Principals and Questions for Advancing Equitable Wellbeing in Systems

Inspired by  Full Frame Initiative (creators of and conveners around the Wellbeing Blueprint), I took their set of principles and turned some of what was presented as a set of descriptive statements into questions that might help different kinds of social service providers and policymakers integrate wellbeing into their work. Curious to know which of these catch people’s attention, and what they might and or adjust for their particular system change work.

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Routine Iminuizations on Schedule for Everyone

As you may know, the Let’s RISE initiative launched last week and the website can be accessed at Routine Immunizations on Schedule for Everyone (RISE) | CDC.  This webpage collates evidence-based strategies, available resources, and the latest CDC data to help partners get children and adults caught up on vaccinations that were missed or delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  By putting this all in one place, we hope that it will help equip partners with a similar playbook and actionable data for this work.

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WIN Well-being Economy Cooperative 

Please join the WIN Network Well-being Economy Cooperative for a policy panel moderated by Brian Rahmer, Senior Fellow at WE in the World. Hear from guest panelists Demond Drummer, Managing Director for Equitable Economy at PolicyLink, and Wendy Ake, Director of the Just Public Finance Project at the Othering and Belonging Institute. Following the panel, you will be invited to join a breakout discussion on policy and narrative change to promote a restorative well-being economy.

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