Diversity and Inclusion
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.
A Statement from Community Teamwork’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee about John Robert Lewis, Civil Rights Icon and Congressman 7/23/2020
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 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
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
Racism is a public health crisis – The information and resources highlight work from members of the Harvard Chan School community aimed at addressing racism and, ultimately, at helping shape a fairer, more just, and healthier world.
The following provides a number of resources for people who wish to learn more about Becoming Anti-Racists.Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource List – Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA)
to be an Anti-Racist – “The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it,” writes Professor Ibram X. Kendi. This is the essence of antiracism: the action that must follow both emotional and intellectual awareness of racism. Explore what an antiracist society might look like, how we can play an active role in building it, and what being an antiracist in your own context might mean. This conversation was recorded during the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The week-long event is presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic. Prominent leaders and thinkers across business, politics, media, culture, science, and more participate in hundreds of panels, interviews, presentations, and screenings. Learn more at https://www.aspenideas.org
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
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:
េដើម*wីចុះហត្េលខេនេលើលិខិតេនះជអង្ករ ឬបុគ្ល សូមបំេពញទំរង់េនះ៖
Para firmar esta carta como organización o individuo, complete este formulario:
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’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. ~
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
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 Crisis”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.