At Common Threads, we believe:
Food justice and racial justice are intertwined. Our food and health systems are shaped in the context of systemic racism. The result is that people of color are disproportionately impacted by hunger, diabetes, and limited access to healthy food, as well as by social, agricultural and environmental policies that harm farm workers and other food system workers.
Access to nourishing food that honors cultural and personal preferences is a human right. We must work to reimagine and help create a food system in which no one is disadvantaged based on where they live, how much money they have, or the color of their skin.
An equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace makes us, and our work, better. Common Threads can better serve our community when we have ongoing opportunities to learn from and work with people whose lived experiences differ from our own.
Representation matters. All children benefit from having teachers and role models who look like them and share aspects of their lived experience.
Building a culture of equity is a journey that will last a lifetime.
In our efforts to build a culture of equity within Common Threads we commit to:
- Take responsibility individually and as an organization for our personal work in learning and practicing anti-racist mindsets and behaviors – recognizing that for each of us, this work will be influenced by our race, gender, age, lived experience and organizational position;
- Hold ourselves accountable for year over year increases in our team’s diversity, with the goal of reflecting the communities we serve;
- Commit to controversy with respect, owning both our intentions and our impact on others;
- Apply a racial equity lens to question and improve organizational practices, policies, and beliefs;
- Make programming, partnership, and personnel decisions that express the value we place on learning with and from people from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences;
- Set specific, measurable equity goals, and regularly reflect on our successes and failures;
- Invest time, effort, and organizational resources to learn from and elevate marginalized voices while taking care not to tokenize them;
- Celebrate the “Oops!” – Learning and practicing anti-racist ways of thinking and being is complex work. We will fall short, reflect, and try again – as many times as it takes.