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Letter: We all need to take action to support diversity, inclusion

We all need to take action to support diversity, inclusion

The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York works every day to overcome any and all bigotry and prejudice that exist in our community and country. We are renewing our commitment to stand together and to work passionately for inclusion, equity and justice for all in Western New York and across the country.

We condemn the perpetrators of prejudice in all forms and stand in partnership with the Virginia Center of Inclusive Communities and call on our community to follow this action plan:

Speak up and challenge bigotry whenever you see it.

Talk with your neighbors and others about why diversity and inclusion is important to all of us.

Analyze the diversity within your neighborhood, workplace, local school or house of worship and initiate conversations about where and why there might be a lack of inclusion.

Read books that help you to learn about the experiences and perspectives of people from different backgrounds.

Learn about our community’s complex history – including the difficult parts – and consider the residue of that history on the present day.

Write a letter to the editor expressing why you value diversity, equity and inclusion in your community.

Contact your elected officials to make sure they know your views, especially about policies that could disproportionately hurt members of marginalized groups.

Attend community events that expand your understanding and perspective.

Volunteer and support organizations that focus on making our communities more equitable and inclusive.

We are stronger together.

Lana D. Benatovich

President, NFJC of WNY

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