Our Statement on Race Equity
At Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties, we honor the inherent value, diversity, and dignity of all human beings. Further, we recognize the unique circumstances and needs of every individual and family for and with whom we are called to serve and vow to treat them with respect, compassion, and consideration. Because these values are foundational to our mission and our work to end poverty, dismantle racism and bias, promote equity and justice, and cultivate a culture among staff and volunteers that fosters collaboration, inclusion, and a sense of belonging, we pledge to hold ourselves accountable at all times.
Racial Disparity & Inequity in the Twin Cities
Although the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota has long ranked at or near the top for many quality of life indicators when compared to other major metro areas and all 50 states, our communities also suffer from some of the widest black-white gaps in the nation when it comes to employment, education, housing, and healthcare. These rampant disparities have only been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, that has deeply wounded the social, economic, and general health and wellness of African Americans, our indigenous populations, and other communities of color.
At Community Action, we always encourage people to bring about positive change in their communities through education and engagement. Many organizations have been working on these issues for years. These are just a few working towards realizing racial equity and eliminating racial disparities in the Twin Cities: