Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Join NLC's Campaign to Promote Racial Justice in America

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Join NLC's Campaign to Promote Racial Justice in America

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Within the last two weeks, more than one hundred cities and towns have expressed an interest in joining NLC President Bob Knight, mayor of Wichita, Kan., in a collective effort to undo racism and promote racial justice in their communities.

With support from NLC, participating municipalities will initiate a four step process involving taking stock, implementing race initiatives, assessing outcomes, sharing lessons learned, and envisioning the future. At the NLC Congress of Cities in December, those cities will be recognized for their efforts and will become part of a national network through which cities can collaborate with each other and build on current efforts.

In a speech at last week's Congressional Cities Conference, President Clinton told city leaders that NLC's anti-racism program was "the most important thing you could be doing today."

To get your community involved, fill out the form below.

"The nation's original sin of racism must be faced in a way that we've really never done before," he said.

Knight asked the NLC membership to commit to being maladjusted to an America or a community where hate crimes still occur, where discrimination persists, where too many fellow human beings are abused and exploited, where any citizen is denied fundamental freedoms or that lacks opportunities for a decent life for every citizen, until there is a transformation of the American spirit.

The profound social and economic changes blowing through all of our lives at an unparalleled velocity are leaving few institutions untouched, including politics. …

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