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Numbers Don't Lie

Historically, Black-led social change has been catalyzed by marked periods of racial unrest. The under-resourced nature of these resistance movements yield episodic civil rights advances for Black people. The Equity Now Coalition began in a similar fashion.

 

In response to the first COVD-19 March 2020, Stephanie Hightower, President & CEO of the Columbus Urban League had the foresight to convene a virtual meeting with multi-sector Black leaders to leverage their collective power to mitigate the pandemics’ disproportionate impact on Black people in Columbus, Central Ohio. Participants began meeting weekly to share time sensitive and dynamic information to leverage their collective efforts in meeting the immediate needs of the pandemic. It was not long before meeting participants also committed to create a long-term strategy to redress structural racism to achieve systemically equitable and measurable outcomes for Black people. Thus, the ENC was birthed.

The COVID-19 global pandemic, ongoing structural racism, and the continued public onslaught of discriminatory police violence on racialized Black and Brown bodies, catalyzed the largest civil rights movement to date. The ENC exists to lay the infrastructure necessary to sustain Black-led social change to redress racist policies and investment practices through root cause analysis, systems change.

 

We believe through sustainable, focused collective action, we can create a community where Black people thrive at the same rate as their neighbors of different races and ethnicities.

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Mission
To create a sustained Black-led collaborative infrastructure to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s disparate impact on Black people and to dismantle and redress systemic structural racism in Franklin County as measured by key performance indicators.
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Theory of Change

Mission

To create a sustained Black-led collaborative infrastructure to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s disparate impact on Black people and to dismantle and redress systemic structural racism in Franklin County as measured by key performance indicators.

Vision
To collectively create the infrastructure necessary to sustain Black-led socioeconomic advancement to redress structural racism through policy and investment practice changes to close the generational wealth gap for Black people and improve the quality of life for our community at-large.

Vision

To collectively create the infrastructure necessary to sustain Black-led socioeconomic advancement to redress structural racism through policy and investment practice changes to close the generational wealth gap for Black people and improve the quality of life for our community at-large.

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