Policy and Legislative Change

White people and people of color access voting, social services, and employment in vastly different ways. These disparities are rooted in local and federal policies of the 1940s and 1950s that determined which racial and ethnic groups could attain low-cost mortgages, buy property, and live in certain neighborhoods. The result is large gaps in wealth among racial and ethnic groups. Discriminatory policies continue today including a system that pegs property taxes to public funding and services.

Social movements have sought and demanded legislative change as a key strategy toward changing realities on the ground, as structural racism continues to penetrate systems of public health, education, and criminal justice. This section provides content about strategies aimed at changing policies and systems, including legislative change and litigation.


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Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight
Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights
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~ Bob Marley


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Also in this section:
  • Addressing Trauma and Healing

  • Caucus and Affinity Groups

  • Community Organizing

  • Hate Crimes Prevention and Response

  • Narrative Change

  • Training and Popular Education

  • Advocacy

  • Community Building

  • Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice

  • Leadership Development

  • Organizational Change Process

  • Youth Activism and Intergenerational Work

  • Arts and Culture

  • Community Engagement

  • Dialogue and Deliberation

  • Multicultural Competency

  • Racial Reconciliation



Caucusing (Affinity Groups)

Implicit Bias


Multicultural Competency


Racial Healing

Racial Reconciliation

Restorative Justice

White Supremacy Culture

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