Chatham Organizing for Racial Equity, also known as C.O.R.E., is a multi-racial group of Chatham County residents and community advocates who believe that racism in our community hurts us all. In March of 2017, we hosted our first countywide Phase I Racial Equity Institute workshop. The response was overwhelming. Therefore, we are excited to be able to offer our second Phase I workshop on June 16-17 in Siler City at Holy Trinity Church.
If you wish to attend, it is important that you are willing to commit to the two full days. Each day we will meet from 8:30am – 5:15pm and breakfast and lunch will be provided. The training will include up to 40 participants of different racial and cultural backgrounds, ages, and leadership positions. The workshop fee is $225 for Chatham County residents; scholarships are available so do not let the cost be a barrier. If you have attended a Phase I REI workshop, consider joining other alumni at the workshop (registration fee covers the cost of breakfast and lunch for the two days).
Why should you care about racial equity? Well, research shows that people of color have significantly worse outcomes in every sector of well-being throughout the United States, even after controlling for social class. This is unconscionable and as a country that values democracy, we shouldn't be willing to stand for these blatant inequities. We cannot continue to try to address racial disparities and dis-proportionality without talking clearly about the historical, social, and political meaning of race in America.
This is not just a diversity training, nor is it like any other anti-racism workshop attended by many of us in the past. It is uniquely powerful in its ability to unmask the invisible role of racism that lives in our history, current culture, and organizational systems. It lays the groundwork for dismantling racism and eliminating its power at institutional levels. We hope you can join us in June!