In Fall 2020, LHiNC formed an Equity Committee to ensure the organization follows through on its commitment made after George Floyd’s murder to “use our resources – financial, political and human – in ways that support long-time efforts to address systemic racism and inequity.” The Equity Committee developed a vision statement to guide future board decisions and actions, which LHiNC approved and adopted in March 2021. We invite you to read the statement at lindenhills.org/equity-vision-statement/.
Race and Equity Events
Pursuant to that vision, LHiNC began a race and equity speaker series in April with Apartheid in Minneapolis, a two-part presentation by Sara Spafford-Freeman that examined racial disparities in five systems: housing, wealth, health, public schools and public safety. The series will continue in June with:
How To Start Being Anti-Racist
June 22, 5:00-7:30 p.m. – Online
Sponsored by Bremer Bank
Monique Walker is a recent graduate from St. Anthony Village High School, which is in the St. Paul suburb where Philando Castile was killed by police in 2016.
In the summer of 2020, Ms. Walker began leading online workshops to talk about anti-racism and to share her experience of going to a predominantly white high school. By thoroughly examining terms like “white silence” and “prison industrial complex,” Ms. Walker expertly leads participants to examine their own experiences with and participation in racist systems while simultaneously bringing us to a place of greater empathy, understanding and courage.
Ms. Walker will be attending Emory University in Atlanta on a pre-med track this fall.
All ages and backgrounds are welcome. Your active participation in the workshop is encouraged. We will all share and listen to each other.
LHiNC plans to host an ongoing series of events focused on race and equity. Please visit this page regularly for updates.