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Economic Development

Intentional Diversity Recruitment Initiatives

Understanding the business case for diversity, large employers in Madison need to more intentionally seek qualified candidates for management and executive level positions within their organizations. The approach cannot be limited to newspaper or on-line advertisement. They must reach down and through networks of people of color to share the messages about open positions. When employed in a stable industry making family ...more »

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Education

Enlist Churches, Synagogues, Faith Communities

Enlist Churches, Synagogues, Faith Groups, Congregations of any/every type to consider launching tutoring programs where struggling children AND/OR parents can be invited in and find one-on-one, sit-down, face to face relationships with faith community members willing to help with homework, math, reading, science, other school subjects, OR-- for parents--resume preparation, parenting skills, etc. I TOOK PART in such ...more »

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Education

Involve student voices

Engage with UW students (Students for Education Reform, a growing social justice group, the ASM working for increased ethnic studies) and current high schoolers to make sure the movement continues to keep momentum in coming years as leadership begins to roll over. Have parents tell their kids as early as possible about societal realities to encourage awareness.

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Economic Development

Actively support movement to raise minimum wage

Justified Anger members need to get involved in broader community activism around issues with specific application to particular problems. One such critical movement is that to increase the minimum wage. People of color need to be active in this movement, as it will help all do better.

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Economic Development

Supported job creation

The lack of solid work history for some people of color, makes finding, and being successful at, meaningful employment challenging, contributing to the disparity of employment. If faith communities and committed companies made a commitment to hire people of color who have employment disadvantages, while providing a supported work environment with a team of people who can offer assistance in whatever areas of support ...more »

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Education

Young Children

Research confirms that brain development occurs during the first few years of a child's life. during this time children form attachments, and being the learning process. Once this 'opportunity window closes, it becomes more difficult and more expensive to ameliorate this disadvantage. Once children start school behind their more advantaged peers, they almost never catch up. We can all see what the results are. Addressing ...more »

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Education

Elders Advising Students

I think it'd be nice if high schools created an intentional space for the elders of our community to gather. It could be a sort of cafe where multiple races of elders would gather. But it wouldn't simply be a social space, it would also be the hub from which our grandparent role models would fill the halls,, stairwells, and other sundry gathering spaces with the intent of interacting with the kids, giving them moral support, ...more »

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Everything Else

White Folk

I think the White community in Madison needs to be held accountable for making changes in our communities and daily lives. While we continue to educate ourselves about privilege and connect with others in the Madison community, we must also begin to make real shifts in our thinking and actions. We must be willing to accept and work towards the goals laid out by the Justified Anger leadership group and other leaders. ...more »

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Education

teach how to be their child's first teacher from birth

resurrect the "Milwaukee Project" from many years ago in which parents were taught and coached in implementation for how to be their child's teacher for language and school readiness skills from the hospital at birth on forward until the child began school. In the original long range research, the children who were in this program showed no significant difference in achievement by 3rd grade.

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Mass Incarceration

actively work to decriminalize drug use

By decriminalizing use and seeing it as a health issue instead, in need of treatment, many less individual of color would end up with criminal records and being incarcerated which currently results in a lifetime of disadvantage. JA members should get involved in this issue at county, state and federal level. The sooner we can stop charging drug users with felonies, the better for all of us.

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Economic Development

White allies provide backup

I have been trying to mentor black children of one extended family over the last 23 years. I find that when I think of outings such as camping, I feel a bit insecure about taking a black family into rural Wisconsin areas. I'm comfortable with camping at Bethel Horizons, which is a beautiful venue contiguous to Governor Dodge State Park, is run by Bethel Lutheran Church, and rents campsites for a low price. But I am ...more »

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Everything Else

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF EXCELLENT RESOURCES

I'm suggesting we start a bibliography on this website, with brief reviews of why we think this or that book or other resource is so helpful. I'd be willing to get it started but not sure if it should be another category, or it's own page, or what. I have read at least 10 really helpful books on racism this past year and that could be a start, and I'm sure there are others who could add to the list. Richard Davis had ...more »

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Everything Else

Educate the Public

A lecture series about the history of white privilege and institutional racism in this country, featuring dynamic speakers from our community and possibly guest lecturers. Some possible resources are the Zinn Education Project; the article in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates entitled, "The Case for Reparations;" and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. I don't think there is a general understanding of how pertinent, ...more »

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Everything Else

Be a Minority:Attend an African American Church at least 6 times

I have been attending Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church for about 8 months and I am learning so much. It is teaching me to listen and to feel what it's like to be the minority in room. I am developing relationships with others. This will help me in my teaching and everyday life.

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Economic Development

Nonprofit involvement/commitment

What is the commitment of nonprofit organizations in Madison/Dane County to be part of the solution? Nonprofits are the fifth largest employer in the state. What can/should we be doing to make a commitment to increase minority employment in our organizations? I don't know the answer but i do know that TOGETHER our nonprofit organizations have the potential to make a difference.

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Education

Quarterly Potlucks

Build on the very successful potluck/conversation at Memorial High School... quarterly potlucks in Madison area; rotating venues (Memorial HS, East High, Goodman Center, BG Club, etc.).

 

Split time into three hours:

- potluck meal & table conversations

- community updates, progress reports, stories to celebrate, challenges

- guided table discussions (race, disparity, actionable changes)

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Capacity Development

create family to family mentor program

One family at a time.....Create a family mentoring program where one family could be matched with another family to provide friendship, assistance accessing community resources, helping to advocate for the family's needs, be available to coach the family on how to support their child's education, to be with the family when there are school problems to address at the school, etc. Like a "Big Brother-Big Sister" program ...more »

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Economic Development

Open Workplace Day

Based on the "Take-your-daughter/son -to-work day" businesses could designate a day when a minority child or teen could be invited to visit or shadow an employee at work. This could help personalize mostly white workplaces and encourage future internships and job applications as well as promote friendship and understanding. Participation of both child and employee should be voluntary, and length of time related to age ...more »

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Everything Else

Housing

One area that I do not see being talked about here, that should very much be a part of these racial discussions, centers on housing availability, landlord/tenant relationships, and the fact that there is still plenty of discrimination going on, where it involves people of color, and white owners. Even when the laws supposedly favored tenants, the court system generally ruled in favor of those wth the most money and power. ...more »

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Economic Development

Form regional equity alliance

Many decisions - like redoing Verona Road or the Alliant Energy Center - are made at a regional or metropolitan level. They are not easily influenced at a neighborhood level yet such decisions strongly affect access to opportunity and well-being. A regional alliance of equity-focused organizations could advance equity and increase access to opportunity at this scale. Learn from other regions and adopt best practices

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Economic Development

Hold public and private employers accountable for diversity.

As a way to help close the employment gap in our community, I think we need to find ways to hold local employers, public and private, publicly accountable for their hiring, compensation and promotion policies and outcomes. Maybe we need to create a directory of local employers that shows the diversity of their staff, including management as well as front line workers, their policies regarding providing family sustaining ...more »

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