Race & Equity Working Group
ASBC’s Race and Equity Working Group was created to address the inequities prevalent and pervasive in the economic and social construct of the United States and to hold our legislators accountable to social and economic justice. We ensure that the dignity and respect of diverse perspectives, voices and values of a multicultural America are heard and reflected in ASBC’s policy work toward creating an equitable and compassionate economy for all. It collaborates with ASBC’s policy team to gather support on issues that have a disparate impact on minority communities, inclusive of, but not exclusive to, African Americans, Latinx, Asian Americans, Native Americans, LGBTQ, Veterans, and People With Disabilities. For minority-owned businesses and representatives of organizations that serve communities of color, issues such as access to capital, income inequality, criminal justice reform, economic development opportunities, clean environment, and responsible workplace are high priorities.
The Race and Equity Working Group will:
- work on important issues to help level the playing field, define policy where there is none, and back those initiatives that eliminate discriminatory practices, and help improve the economic health and well-being of traditionally marginalized sectors of society;
- work to link members, issues, and legislators to advocate for policies that foster an equitable and just economy;
- provide support to local initiatives and campaigns that align with our business goals
- develop op-eds and provide spokespersons to the media and policymakers
- actively recruit minority-owned business voices.
The Race and Equity Working Group holds a quarterly call/meeting to surface ideas, issues and strategies for moving forward an agenda that serves the growth needs of minority-owned businesses and healthy communities. When necessary, it will also convene subgroups to tackle specific issues
“BUSINESS CONFRONTS RACISM”
On June 9, REWG launched its “Business Confronts Racism” campaign to address the current and urgent crises of institutional and systemic racism at every level of society that have been exposed over recent months. Out of an overwhelming response from our business community to identify, prioritize, and implement solutions, we have created a set of subgroups that meet monthly and include:
Group 1: Protecting the Election
Group 2: Community Investment
Group 3: Confronting Racism On A Local Level
Group 4: Policing and Federal Policies
Group 5: Investor Responsibility
Group 6: Racism and the Food System
- Tell Your Legislators to Support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act – HR 7120
- Tell Your Legislators to Support Ending Qualified Immunity bill – HR 7085
- Add Your Voice to Confront Racism
- Save Our Streets Act
If you are interested in participating in our efforts to find solutions we can put to work for our “Business Confronts Racism” campaign, please contact Ali-Reza Vahabzadeh, ASBC Vice President of Membership.
Allison Hunn, Policy Advisor and Counsel to Senator Jeff Merkley discussed the For the People Act (H.R.1). This act aims to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy.
Aya Ibrahim, legislative aide to Rep. Ayanna Pressley, will join the American Sustainable Business Council’s Race and Equity Working Group this Thursday, 12/17, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss prospects for the incoming Biden-Harris Administration and the 117th Congress, with a special focus on progress on racial justice and economic, environmental and social equity.
ASBC’s Race and Equity Working Group Meeting: Undesigning Structural Racism
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Redlining designed structural racism into cities like Trenton, NJ. The legacy of racist policy is still felt in inequities in housing, wealth, education, health and the built environment. But without a broad understanding of how we got here, these same outcomes fuel perceptions that serve to reproduce inequity.
- MaryAnne Howland, Chair, ASBC’s REWG; Founder & CEO, Ibis Communications and Global Diversity Leadership Exchange
- April De Simone, Founder, designing the WE and Undesign the Redline
- Tequila Johnson, Co-founder & VP, The Equity Alliance
- Derek Peebles, Executive Director, AMIBA
- Sandra McCardell, President, Current-C Energy Systems, Inc
- Thomas Oppel, Executive VP, ASBC
- Val Red Horse Mohl, Executive Director, Social Venture Circle
- Mary Beth Gallagher, Executive Director, Investor Advocate