We must and we will tackle this overrepresentation of African Americans in the homeless population. With the help of a generous grant from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas' Unite Dallas Relief Fund, we will do so through a new research and action program from the Center for Social Innovation (C4) titled Racism and Homelessness - Addressing Inequity in 10 American Cities. In the words of C4, "While no single initiative can end structural racism across all systems, we believe," that through this initiative we can, "create positive change in attitudes and behaviors that will begin to close the racial gap that has led to the disproportionate prevalence... of homelessness among African Americans."
The local iteration in each of the 10 cities will be referred to as SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities) followed by the city name, hence here in Dallas, SPARC Dallas. C4 staff will spend the week of January 30-February 4, 2017, here in
|Jeff Olivet, CEO of C4|
We hope you will join us for this exciting event on Friday, November 18, 2016, 12.30-2.00pm, in the Auditorium (1st Floor) of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas, Texas 75201. Follow signs to underground parking on Wood St. Coffee and water will be provided. Attendees may bring a brown-bag lunch.
During the last 15 minutes of the Hard Conversation, Jeff and Marc will present a general overview of the SPARC Dallas program, launching next year. Please RSVP to me, David Gruber, if you wish to attend, at 469-222-0047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, if you did not have a chance yet, please take the time to read this essay on our blog, which speaks to this important subject, in its larger context: To Bigotry No Sanction, To Persecution No Assistance.