Equity Alliance Tool Kit
Pursuit of diversity and inclusion in our organizations and communities is important – and also needs to go further, as a pursuit of equity and justice . What do we mean by that? Check out this easy-to-digest table on one page that compares the two approaches to help us develop a sense of whether or not we are asking questions that help us achieve the results marginalized populations deserve. 
Enforcement Exploring Equity
Earlier this month, Ron White of the Equity Alliance and Humboldt State University sociology professor Jennifer Eichstedt led a series of bias and cultural awareness trainings for Humboldt County jail personnel.

White and Eichstedt guided jail staff through exercises to identify biases, counter negative stereotypes, and increase understanding of diverse cultural identities. While the training is a beginning step, knowledge and understanding is critical for implementation of equitable policies and practices.

For more information, check out the Eureka Times-Standard Article below.
Rapid Response Network Hotline
True North Organizing Network (True North), in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, responded to a groundswell of interest from members of north coast communities to provide a method to support our immigrant neighbors who find themselves faced with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid. True North soft-launched a Rapid Response Hotline to respond to threatened ICE activity in the region. Humboldt County residents who notice ICE operations are encouraged to call (707) 282-5226 seven days per week, 24 hours per day. The phone call will activate community volunteers who have been trained to observe and witness ICE raids, wherever they may take place.
True North encourages community members who want to support their i mmigrant neighbors to participate in a free Observer and Know Your Rights Training TOMORROW , Saturday, January 27, 9am - 12pm at the Arcata United Methodist Church, 1761 11th Street, Arcata, in the Sanctuary. Visit  truenorthorganizing.org/immigration  for more information about the Humboldt Rapid Response Network or to sign up as a Rapid Responder.
Racial Equity Employment Opportunity
The City of Arcata is recruiting for a Racial Equity Intern. This individual would be responsible for supporting staff in the City Manager's Office in a variety of ways, including leading special projects, assisting with citywide communications, presenting information to city officials and community organizations, and public engagement, among other tasks as assigned.

The time commitment is 10-15 hours per week, typically spanning one semester. Application deadline in 4pm, Friday, February 2. For more information and to share with your networks, check out the full job description linked below.
Feature on Fakequity
As January comes to a close, we would like to take an opportunity to think about setting intentions for 2018. Linked below is a blog post from Fakequity from earlier this month on "30 Things to Do and Don't Do in 2018." Erin Okuno shares a list (she notes only partially in jest) of things to stop doing and start doing in 2018. To give you a preview, we've pulled out just a few.

In reference to the tool we shared from our Toolkit above, we will stop "believing diversity is racial equity, it isn’t. Diversity helps us reach racial equity, but having a diverse group isn’t synonymous with equity."

" We will stop believing solutions have to be an either/or, zero-sum, or mutually exclusive. Community-driven solutions are often more complex, rich, and will last longer than believing there is only one way of solving a problem."

We will "f ocus on systemic change. Systems dictate results, decisions made by people that impact others is how a system functions – focusing here has the potential to impact many people. "

In addition to the blog post linked below, the Fakequity blog has tons of great racial equity insights, tools, and resources, and we encourage you to explore!
Upcoming Events
The Pancake Agenda

Redwood Pride is hosting "The Pancake Agenda," an LGBTQ+ pancake breakfast on Sunday, January 28, from 9-11am at the Multigenerational Center in Fortuna. In addition to pancakes, there will be eggs, sausage, tofu scramble, and vegan/vegetarian/gluten free options. Suggested donations of $6 for adults and $3 for children.

If you have any questions about the event, email [email protected]  
Of Civil Wrongs & Rights

In honor of Fred Korematsu Day, Humboldt State University will be holding a film screening of "Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story" at the HSU Library Fishbowl Tuesday, January 30 from 5-7pm. The screening is open to students and the public, and will be followed by a facilitated discussion of the history of Japanese American World War II internment camps by Prof. Christina Accomando and Prof. Michihiro Clark Sugata.
International Education Week

International Education Week from February 5-9 at Humboldt State offers a variety of events, including panel discussions, lectures and presentations, films, food, and more.
This week of events is sponsored by the Academic and Career Advising Center, Center for International Programs, the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, the College of Extended Education and Global Engagement, the International Advisory Committee, Library, the Multicultural Center, and the Global Connections Club.
  Email [email protected] to share upcoming events you know about related to racial equity and we will post it on our website!
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