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Root causes vs. symptoms

This group needs to get serious about what is likely the root cause of racial disparity in Dane County and elsewhere: Illegitimate births in the black community and kids being raised without fathers. Leonard Pitts' editorial in Tuesday's State Journal spoke of some terrible truths that the Justified Anger folks don't seem to want to recognize: the absence of fathers in black homes. Other sources point to a staggering... more »

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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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Everything Else

Keep the conversation going

I think we must continue to find ways to keep the conversation going. The more we talk, the more we connect, the more relationships that we build. The issues that we face will most be healed via relationship.

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24 votes
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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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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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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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Mass Incarceration

mass incarceration

I think it makes most sense to allow MOSES to take the lead in this area rather than reinventing the wheel, and to urge others in the Justifiedanger campaign interested in mass incarceration to add their voices to MOSES.

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5 votes
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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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15 votes
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Economic Development

Use what's been offered

Saving Black America, 1971, by John Yancey Odom, PH.D. Here are suggestions by a community member who was active and engaged in our community. He talks of a new model and of economic empowerment. Justifed Anger is using elements of his model. We should acknowledge and build on work that's been done.

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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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5 votes
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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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Everything Else

Ideas

1. Make formalized statement on the current issue of Immigration. We can't isolate ourselves from confronting the suffering of others, particularly when racial undertones of the issue are so apparent.

 

2. Hold the City, County and UW to meeting its diversity in hiring goals.

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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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