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There is no such thing as race. None. There is just a human race – scientifically,
anthropologically. Racism is a construct, a social construct, it has a social function, racism.  — Tony Morrison

As we reflect on the past year with the lens of racism, we see how intrinsic the meaning of racism has infected every quality-of-life aspect that most white communities take for granted. The Grassroots Equity Commission goals are deconstructing what is not working around racial equity; and healing and transforming our structures, our environments, and ourselves.



The Grassroots Equity Commission is developed to address the state-sponsored sabotage of basic quality of life institutions in our communities such as education, safety, housing, healthcare, climate/ environmental and economic development. The Commission approach allows organizations to collectively address the growing inequities of federal government-based initiatives that impact our communities. The Grassroots Equity Commission is composed of 2 to 3 members of organizations in different quality of life areas, who will be the official coalition liaison to the federal and local decision makers. We will operate as a national commission and our members will replicate this model locally to engage municipal and state lawmakers.

The GR commission will:


  • Partner with the Schott Foundation’s Loving Cities Index to engage decision makers around the reality; and impact of inequity through bus tours, grassroots listening projects, and sharing our coalition reports.

  • Partner with the Schott Foundation’s Loving Cities Index to organize briefings and hearings with quality of life policy recommendations with federal decision makers.

  • Support local and regional coalitions and collaborations that are inclusive and focused on achieving racial equity and language justice. To eliminate racial inequities in our communities, developing a collective impact approach.


To learn more about The Grassroots Equity Commission contact us at:

Phone: (773)548-7500

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