The convergence of the health, racial and economic crises have unmasked long-standing inequities in communities of color. The killing of Black men and women has sparked public outcry and consensus about the racial injustices that were built into our systems and compounded over time. The need to transform systems and create a more equitable future for everyone has never felt more urgent. A growing movement is demanding transformational change. Only by shifting power to communities of color will we advance racial justice and create a more equitable and inclusive society in the United States.
We, the undersigned, advance this Equitable Recovery Pledge, creating solutions together, with particular attention to the Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian communities that continue to be harmed by oppressive systems and inequities. We are dedicated to the principles outlined by PolicyLink’s Principles for a Common-Sense, Street-Smart Recovery to build an inclusive economy and equitable nation that works for all.
To support the development of more just and equitable systems and structures as we navigate a path out of this crisis, we commit to:
- LISTEN to and work with youth, families and community residents to center lived experiences of people most affected by inequities in our recovery response to support equitable, healthy and resilient communities;
- NAME the systemic factors that produce racial inequities that have been exacerbated by COVID-19 and use data — disaggregated by race, ethnicity, gender and geography — and stories to influence system leaders to take action to address inequities;
- CATALYZE and mobilize cross-sector partners to shift resources, policies, relationships and power structures; implement targeted strategies to align resources to youth, families and people of color; and advance equitable outcomes at scale; and
- SHIFT POWER to increase the participation and leadership of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and people of color in the work of recovery and resiliency for the long term.
We make these commitments together because it will take concerted, aligned efforts to improve at a national level. We commit to working together to support local leaders who are also committed to these actions. When leaders at all levels across sectors align actions centered in community experience toward systems transformation, we can advance social, economic, health and racial equity and achieve results at scale.
Special appreciation to Dr. Ryan Lugalia-Hollon and the UP Partnership in Bexar County, Texas, for leading the way in creating a local Equitable Recovery Pledge to drive action and encouraging local community leaders across the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network to do the same in their communities.
sign on with local and national leaders
Campaign for Black Male Achievement
The Center for the Study of Social Policy
Communities In Schools
The Educare Learning Network
The Education Trust
Enterprise Community Partners
Harlem Children’s Zone
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity
Low Income Investment Fund
National League of Cities
Natural Resources Defense Council
Results for America
Save the Children
Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge
United Philanthropy Forum