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Asset Based Community Development Institute Policy Statement on Anti-Racism
Black Lives Matter. The ABCD Institute knows from our work that Black and Brown people and Black and Brown communities are and have been under the occupation of systemic racism throughout American history for almost 400 years We believe any community development work that does not acknowledge and address this reality is short sighted and will ultimately fail to build an authentic, sustainable, healthy community. We believe that valuing Black and Brown lives starts with recognizing the gifts, strengths and assets of Black and Brown people and the communities they live in. There is power in these communities which should be centered and activated first in any process of community development or community organizing. We also acknowledge that some who practice Asset-Based Community Development, and the ABCD Institute, have failed through actions and inactions to fully embody these values. We have been unconsciously duplicitous in supporting the systems we aim to reform. With this in mind, we are committed to doing better through specific actions that address white supremacy and to be actively anti-racist.
Some actions that we commit to take to demonstrate our commitment are:
The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.
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Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning & Community Service Studies located in Chicago, Illinois.
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