The DEI team of the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto works to put respect into action by focusing on:
1. DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), expanding our understanding of community. This work begins with a deep awareness of our differences in race (beyond black & white), ethnicity, gender/sexuality, age, income level, incarceration status, employment status, educational attainment, physical ability, even political views, so that we can:
2. Racial Justice, calling out and opposing the myriad forms of injustice faced by marginalized racial groups. It especially spotlights the role of systemic racism in creating and enforcing the discriminatory policies that in turn have led to vast economic, medical, social, penal, and other disparities. In working for racial justice, we hope to educate ourselves and others and together fight racial oppression, working for equitable access to housing, education, healthcare, employment, and a safe environment for all.
3. Civil Discourse, teaching well-developed principles of communicating in a seriously engaged way, aiming to learn from other perspectives as well as to share ideas. Civil Discourse is basic to successful relationships. It honors all participants, regardless of political or other differences. In addition to the LWVPA Equal Justice Team, our League is part of the Civil Discourse Committee of the LWVs of Santa Clara County.
Black and Brown Palo Alto: History and Current Experience - On June 15, 2020, the Palo Alto City Council directed the Human Relations Commission to produce a report on the black and brown history and current community in this city. After months of intense work, the HRC produced this report in January 2021.
100 Community Conversations about Race
LWV DEI Lens
LWVC DEI Guide
LWV Bloomington-Monroe County DEI Resource List
San Jose Office of Racial Equity RESOURCES
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack by Peggy McIntosh
Racial Equity Tools and excerpts from RacialEquity.org