Diversity and Inclusion

A  S T A T E M E N T  F R O M  C O M M U N I T Y  T E A M W O R K        6 / 2 / 2020

We cannot stand neutral while our community continues to suffer under the burden of discrimination and injustice. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “A riot is the language of the unheard”. For over 56 years since our creation as part of the civil rights movement, Community Teamwork has been a voice for those unheard, silenced, and marginalized.

As we continue to advocate in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black Men and Women that have been murdered at the hands of racism, we have to ask ourselves, what is justice? Arrests, trials and convictions are the most immediate means of justice that are needed.

However, justice also means eradicating the systemic racism that has plagued our nation since its inception. We must bring an end to the systemic cruelty and criminalization of the Black Community, the attacks on Asian Americans and immigrants, and the disparities in our education and health systems that are deeply embedded in our laws and policies.

Community Teamwork has ongoing efforts to create the systemic changes needed within our agency and community. But it is clear that we need to intensify our efforts and strengthen our focus towards holding all sectors accountable to create reform in order for all members of our community to truthfully have equal rights.

Listen to Community Teamwork’s Karen Frederick, CEO and Carl Howell, Division Director Housing and Homeless Services discuss the DEI Consortium Declaration that Racism is a Public Health Crisis and the Rally at JFK Plaza tonight – WCAP Radio 7/14/2020

Listen to Carl Howell, Division Director Housing and Homeless Services discuss social determinants of health, housing and racial inequality – WCAP Radio 7/7/2020

Listen to Karen Frederick, CEO Community Teamwork discuss racism and how it is affecting our community, employees and clients – and the role Community Teamwork has to play in our community in helping to combat racism – WCAP Radio 6/9/2020

COMMUNITY TEAMWORK RESPONDS – We Celebrate Juneteenth 6/19/2020

COMMUNITY TEAMWORK RESPONDS – We ask ourselves, what can we do? 6/11/2020

Elevating the Next Generation of Change-Makers – A conversation with Congresswoman Lori Trahan and a panel of change-makers to discuss our national movement to address racial injustice. Facebook Live 6/19/2020

O U R  V A L U E S

In the spirit of community and teamwork, we strive to uphold the following values:

  • Recognize strengths and treat our clients and fellow employees with respect and honesty in all Community Teamwork dealings.
  • Deliver high quality integrated services that result in positive outcomes for clients and respond to changing community needs.
  • Collaborate with external organizations to improve outcomes for clients and strengthen the community.
  • Recognize our role as stewards of public and private funding.
  • And uphold the values of Community Teamwork C.A.R.E.S.

Compassionate: Listen well and make sure people feel heard.
Accountable: Promptly follow up on questions and concerns.
Respectful: Introduce yourself and make a connection.
Empathetic: Put yourself in your client’s place. We never judge.
Services: Serve clients as you would wish to be served. They are the reason we are here.

R E S O U R C E S  /  L I N K S

Link Below provides a number of resources for people who wish to learn more about Becoming Anti-Racists.

Becoming Anti-Racist – Toolkit of 23 Things you Can Watch, Listen, or Do 

A conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kende at a conference on Becoming Anti-Racist and his journey to do so.

What five black fathers are saying to their children about this historic moment | Washington Post

Fantastic Read-Aloud Books for Raising a Brave GenerationEmbraceRace 

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race | Embrace Race

African American History and Culture Museum

Systemic Racism Explained | ACT.TV

Anti-Racism for Kids – An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate | Community Family & Coordinated Engagement (CFCE)

20+ Books that Discuss Race and Racism for Children (CFCE)

Recommended READING by Carl Howell, Co-Chair of our Diversity Committee and Division Director Housing and Homeless Services at Community Teamwork:

  • Stamped – Ibram X. Kendia   AND   Stamped: Remixed (for children)
  • Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
  • White Fragility – Robin Diangelo
  • White Rage – Carol Anderson
  • So you want to talk about Race – Ljeoma Oluo
  • How to be an Antiracist – Ibram A. Kendi

Recommended STREAMING by Carl Howell, Co-Chair of our Diversity Committee and Division Director Housing and Homeless Services at Community Teamwork:

  • 13TH – Netflix
  • American Son – Netflix
  • Dear White People – Netflix

C A L L  T O  A C T I O N

Why is Racism a Public Health Crisis and How You can Help

RACISM IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS – SIGN ONTO THE LETTER FOR CHANGE ~

Community Teamwork’s mission is to be a catalyst for social change. Our work centers around efforts to strengthen our communities and reduce poverty by delivering vital services and collaborating with key stakeholders to create housing, education, and economic opportunities – for all members of our community.

The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others have ignited national attention and made us recognize the need for social change. Yet, we recognize this is not new. Racism is a public health crisis in this country and in the City of Lowell – and we can do something about it. The Lowell Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consortium is a group of local community members, voters, academic, civic, faith, nonprofit and business leaders who have been working together for several months to address racial disparities and lack of representation in our community.

We’re ready to see our elected and senior leaders name the problem and take action towards change. Community Teamwork is proud to support this call for immediate action and has signed on to this letter in support. We are asking you to join us in these efforts by signing on to the attached letter. Your name on this letter sends a clear message that you too want change. Sign here today:

To sign onto this letter as an organization or individual, please fill out this form:
https://forms.gle/siDi9RoEGCPQP2Fx5

េដើម*wីចុះហត្េលខេនេលើលិខិតេនះជអង្ករ ឬបុគ្ល សូមបំេពញទំរង់េនះ៖
https://forms.gle/siDi9RoEGCPQP2Fx5

Para firmar esta carta como organización o individuo, complete este formulario:
https://forms.gle/siDi9RoEGCPQP2Fx5

The letter will be read to the Mayor, City Manager, and Superintendent of Police at the “Lowell Listens” event on June 24th between 4-6pm at the Senior Center.

 I N  T H E   N E W S 

Supreme Court blocks Trump’s bid to end DACA, a win for undocumented ‘Dreamers’  The Washington Post 6/18/2020

Supreme Court’s Landmark LGBTQ Employment Decision Is Even Bigger Than Marriage Equality 6/15/2020 Rolling Stone – David Cohen  ~It’s a game changer that could have reverberations in everything from education to housing. ~

Queer the Census – National LGBTQ Task Force Center for American Progress Massachusetts ~ Why the Census Matters for LGBTQ People

E V E N T S

Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis – Merrimack Valley – Diversity, Equality and Inclusion On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 4:30, JFK Plaza – The City Council will vote on a motion to declare racism a public health crisis in the City of Lowell. There is an alternate motion that commits to no actual change in business as usual. The Chelmsford Board of Selectmen will hold a Virtual

Forum on Race Inclusion on Zoom on Tuesday, June 30th at 7pm. 

The Merrimack Valley Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (MV DEI) Consortium is a group of local leaders that are working to develop a more diverse, inclusive, and just community within Lowell and surrounding towns. The letter written by MV DEI requesting the City of Lowell to acknowledge that racism is a Public Health Crisiswill be read to the Mayor, City Manager, and Superintendent of Police at the “Lowell Listens” event on June 24th between 4-6pm at the Senior Center.

Juneteenth Commemorative Day, St. Annes Church, Lowell, 6/20/2020, noon-4pm, Free Event

Join in the conversation with Congresswoman Lori Trahan and youth leaders from our communities to discuss racial injustice and youth empowerment FRIDAY, 6/19 at 2:15pm on Facebook Live. “When it comes to listening to the next generation of change-makers, we must continue to create spaces for their voices to be heard. Join me for a conversation with Massachusetts’ next generation of young leaders. Be prepared to be challenged and inspired!” Congresswoman Lori Trahan