Additional words from the wise...
"Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained."
― Helen Keller
"As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no one pull you so low as to hate. Always avoid violence. If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.
― Martin Luther King
"Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings."
― Nelson Mandela
"Justice grows out of recognition of ourselves in each other — that my liberty depends on you being free too."
― Barack Obama
"I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people."
― Rosa Parks
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."
― Elie Wiesel
According to the National League of Women Voters:
- includes all of the similarities and differences among people, not limited to gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, appearance, language, accent, ability status, mental health, education, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, and political perspective or affiliation.
- refers to population groups that have been historically underrepresented in socially, politically, or economically powerful institutions and organizations. These groups include but are not restricted to populations of color, such as African Americans and Blacks, Latinx, Native Americans, and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. They may also include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, people with disabilities, women, and other groups.
- A team can be diverse and so can an organization. A person is not diverse. Diversity is about a collective or a group and can only exist in relationship to others. A candidate is not diverse—they are a unique, individual unit. They may bring diversity to your team, but they themselves are not diverse. They are a woman; they are a person of color; they are part of the LGBTQ community.
We commit to increase diversity in the recruitment, retention, and retainment at the national, state, and local level, and in the leadership and executive roles.
- is an approach based on fairness to ensuring everyone is given an equal opportunity; this means that resources may be divided and shared unequally to make sure that each person has a fair chance to succeed. Equity takes into account that people have different access to resources because of the system of oppression and privilege. Equity seeks to balance that disparity.
- improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources, including professional growth opportunities. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
- prioritizes efforts to ensure the most underserved and marginalized among us have as much of an opportunity to succeed as the most well-served and advantaged. By taking into account the various advantages and disadvantages that people face, we work to ensure every person has an equal opportunity to succeed.
We commit to prioritizing equity in the work of the LWV staff, board, and members.
- is an ongoing process, not a static state of being.
- refers to the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes within an organization or group.
- an inclusive environment ensures equitable access to resources and opportunities for all
- enables individuals and groups to feel safe, respected, engaged, motivated and valued for who they are and for their contributions toward organizational and societal goals.
While an inclusive group is by definition diverse, a diverse group is not always inclusive. Being aware of unconscious or implicit bias can help organizations better address issues of inclusivity.
We commit to making deliberate efforts to ensure LWV is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage our resources to advance our collective capabilities.
We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination.