March 07, 2019

Faith Summit Press Release

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 6, 2019

 

Episcopalians United Against Racism (EUAR) and End Poverty Durham Co-host Faith Summit on Racism and Child Poverty

 

Durham, NC-- Over four hundred faith leaders, community members, and organizations are planning to come together to improve outcomes for children across Durham. On March 7th at 8:30 am, EUAR and End Poverty Durham will host a Faith Summit on Racism and Child Poverty at Union Baptist Church. Presenters will share a racial equity analysis of Durham, and participants will gain an understanding of racism as the root cause of child poverty. Participants will also learn about best practices in anti-racism and anti-poverty work.

As of 2015, “37% of black and 35% of hispanic infants and children up to 8 years old lived in homes at or below poverty, compared to only 8% of similar-aged white infants and children.”1 This difference in economic resources mean children of color were more likely to go without appropriate housing, food, and other necessities. This also has negative implications on social/emotional development.1 “During the 2013 Faith Summit, we discussed and built strategies around what it means to be poor and supports needed to free our children from poverty,” said DeDreana Freeman, Co-Founder of EUAR.  But, there is one underlying issue that must be faced head on. That issue is the role of institutionalized racism in the disparities we see in educational attainment, generational wealth, health, housing, and the legal system. “In 2019, we need to coordinate a better strategy for the many children and families living in poverty and the racism which is destroying our future.”

Acknowledging the role of racism in socioeconomic outcomes and building on the faith community's work, community members will engage in facilitated discussions to develop collaborative steps in dismantling racism and eliminating child poverty in Durham.

Sponsors for this event include Duke Health System Office of Community Relations, Duke Office of Durham & Regional Affairs, Duke University Chapel, and others. Special thanks to the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, Communities in Partnership (CIP), and MDC, Inc.

 

About Episcopalians United Against Racism (EUAR)

EUAR is an independent alliance of anti-racist Episcopalians from parishes primarily based in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. They are part of a growing movement of community members and people of faith who are devoted to the long-term, transformative work of creating racially equitable systems and organizations.

 

About End Poverty Durham

End Poverty Durham is a group of interfaith leaders and community-based organizations working collaboratively to eliminate poverty in Durham. As a grassroots organization, they seek to support existing anti-poverty efforts and promote other initiatives that address the underlying causes of poverty.

 

1City of Durham Human Relations Commission. 2018. Report on Structural Racism in Durham. https://durhamnc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/23426/HRC-Structural-Racism-in-Durham-Report---June-2018

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Media Contacts:

 

DeDreana Freeman

EUARofNC@gmail.com

www.euarofnc.org/faithsummit

 

Mel Williams

END POVERTY Durham

ENDPOVERTYDURHAM.ORG