To eradicate racism of all forms, promote activism and improve equity through diversity.
E.R.A.S.E defines racism as both the personal prejudices against people of color and the systems in power and policies in place designed to directly or indirectly disadvantaged individuals, families and communities.
E.R.A.S.E further identifies racism in both segregationist-active belief in the inferiority of people of color and assimilationist-active belief that people of color are culturally or behaviorally inferior and need to be enriched to meet the white standard of normalcy in areas such as education, business, health etc.
E.R.A.S.E believes we must take an actively anti-racist stand against both segregationist and assimilationist racism, meaning we believe all people of color are biologically, culturally, and behaviorally equal in value to white people and deserving of an equitable level of empowerment, justice, wealth, happiness and opportunity.
E.R.A.S.E believes that in order to take an active anti-racist stand for ourselves and our neighbors of color, we must be committed to recognizing, exposing, and dismantling systemic injustice in our town government, our schools, our police force, businesses, organizations, churches, and our own neighborhoods.
E.R.A.S.E recognizes that the voices of and contributions of people of color have been silenced, limited, ignored, disregarded, patronized and disrespected throughout our history both locally and nationally. E.R.A.S.E seeks to end these injustices by working to ensure people of color’s voices are heard and serve as leadership across our community including but not limited to holding seats of power in our government, our schools and our neighborhoods.
E.R.A.S.E believes that white people must recognize the privilege they have benefitted from throughout their own lives and their families lives at the expense of the ongoing oppression of people of color. E.R.A.S.E believes that white people must take responsibility for the role their privilege has played in the ongoing systemic racism in our communities by acknowledging that true history of white supremacy in our history, locally and nationally; and seek to be allies to the people of color in our community by supporting and working with; while taking active care to never center themselves in the fight against systemic racism.
Task Force Descriptions
All Task Forces will connect, learn or partner with other community organizations locally, regionally, and, when appropriate with national initiatives, centering around equitable advancements for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) to enhance goals and move work forward effectively.
Business Engagement/Partnership Task Force
This Task Force seeks to enact lasting change by partnering with local black owned businesses to raise equitable conscientiousness as a way to address racial disparities for employees, customers and promote Black Owned Business/Entrepreneurs.
Educational Systems Task Force
To take IMMEDIATE AND THOUGHTFUL action in order to aid in the implementation of equitable procedures, policies, and curriculum that address the deep issues of identity, privilege, history, power and the purpose of the educational system and their impact on BIPOC students and staff.
Public Policy and Community Task Force
Work to ensure equity and diversity becomes best practices across our community. Our efforts will be aimed at influencing public attitudes, policies, and laws to create a more socially just society.
Organizers will be the lead in facilitating online platforms, social media and planning events, while utilizing external resources, ideas brought to the group, and fostering discussions that are appropriate. A focus will go to creating discussion spaces within ERASE and the larger community to promote education, growth and inclusivity with each other as a people committed to ending white supremacy. This Task Force will focus on providing the tools we need to educate ourselves and to foster conversation that will move to enact/advocate tangible change.
Irondequoit (E.R.A.S.E.) Eliminating Racism and Seeking Equity Inc.