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Statements from Community Action Partnership
A Statement from the Community Action Partnership
Opposing the Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia
August 16, 2017 | Washington, D.C.
Amid the turmoil that occurred in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend, the Community Action Partnership in Washington, D.C., would like to express its sympathy and concern for the victims, their families, and those impacted by the violence that erupted.
Chief Executive Officer Denise Harlow said, "We are deeply troubled by what has happened in Charlottesville. We denounce the racism and anti-Semitism that was on display and do not tolerate or accept violence and hatred. The Partnership stands with all persons regardless of their socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, or location."
As America’s poverty fighting network, Community Action Agencies labor daily to dismantle barriers that stand in the way of economic security for America’s families and communities. We believe racial bias and institutional racism are among those barriers to success. The Partnership admires America’s cultural diversity and affirms that everyone has the right to human dignity and respect. We are guided by the "Community Action Promise":
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
The Partnership has several resources that organizations, individuals, and communities can utilize to support ongoing education and community-level conversations. Click here to access the Partnership’s Racial Equity Resources.
Statement from Community Action Partnership CEO Denise Harlow: A Response to the President's Proposed Budget
March 16, 2017 | Washington, DC
Upon release of the news of the proposed budget cuts, Community Action Partnership CEO Denise Harlow said:
"The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is vital to the nation's network of 1,000+ local Community Action Agencies (CAAs). Local CAAs serve more than 99 percent of America's counties, providing services and other supports to struggling families, and working to revitalize communities. CAAs are locally-based organizations that each respond to their community's unique set of needs. Last year, Community Action Agencies leveraged an addition $7.70 for each $1.00 of CSBG, including $2.34 in private resources to touch the lives of more than 15.6 million individuals in 6.6 million families. This impact is felt in communities across America, from the most rural community to suburban neighborhoods to urban centers. As the Promise of Community Action states, 'we care about the entire community.'"
Harlow continued, "Cuts to Weatherization and LiHEAP will increase the energy burden on families, forcing many senior citizens and people with disabilities to make difficult choices between basic needs. The Community Services Block Grant and the local agencies it funds are an investment in our nation's families and future. The proposed cuts would leave local communities across the country unprepared to assist families. We believe that Congress understands the needs of families in their local communities and appreciates the important role Community Action Agencies play at the local level."
A Statement from Community Action Partnership CEO Denise Harlow: Community Action Partnership Affirms Commitment to Diversity and Service
January 30, 2017 | Washington, DC
Community Action Partnership reminds its members and supporters of the words of the Community Action Promise: “We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.” Our Network across the country is committed to serving all members of the community who are in need, regardless of religious affiliation, nationality, race or ethnicity. In providing exceptional programs and services that enable people to achieve economic security for themselves and their families, organizations in the Community Action Network do not discriminate but instead foster a spirit of inclusion and acceptance.
“From the people we serve to the programs we provide, Community Action Partnership has always found strength in diversity,” said Community Action Partnership CEO Denise Harlow. “Our organizations assist all regions of the country from urban centers to rural communities, and we strive to empower all individuals who come to us.”
In fulfilling the Community Action Promise to change lives and improve communities, Community Action Partnership assists the network of agencies around the country with resources to help them understand and respond to the challenges that come with intersections of poverty and racism. Our Learning Communities Resource Center is hosting two webinars addressing implicit racial bias and institutional racism in February. More information about these webinars and other tools from the Learning Communities Resource Center.