The Building People Power Campaign is a grassroots multi-issue effort to propel racial justice across Delaware. The campaign was born from the understanding that we need to break out of our issue silos, connect across districts, and support each other in our many efforts to make lasting change whether it’s in education, criminal justice reform, housing, economics, or health.
We believe we need to center the leadership of Black and Brown people in order to make a real difference in the lives of our communities. We knew it was critical for us to assess the current state of Black and Brown people in Delaware before establishing solid policy plans to dismantle these disparities. We focused our efforts in two areas: research and advocacy.
This website will provide access to the “Pace of Progress 2020” report. Published by the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League in partnership with Delaware State University, it is the most up- to-date and comprehensive report available on the state of people of color in Delaware.
Building People Power Campaign is also supported by a network of new and seasoned racial justice advocates in Delaware. We’ve created clear issue based campaign initiatives, direct actions and advocacy training opportunities allowing people from all walks of life to get involved and support this advocacy effort.
PACE OF PROGRESS
The Pace of Progress 2020 Report is the result of countless hours of research, writing, and editing by a team of faculty scholars, community leaders, and practitioners. Its goal is to shed light on the current conditions in Delaware’s communities of color in areas such as housing, education, health, and employment.
Certain populations still face a number of challenges in obtaining equal pay, equal access to housing, and health care, and other basic necessities. Contributing factors, relevant statistics, and recommendations are included in the report. Published by the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, this is the most up- to-date and comprehensive report available on the state of people of color in Delaware since the release of the original report, the Pace of Progress. Delaware State University is a proud partner in this effort.
History of Racial Discrimination
Crime, Inequity and Public Safety
On this the 20th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League and the update of its signature report, “The Pace of Progress 2020”, while much has changed in the way of symbols (e.g. a first Black President, several Black Billionaires, and a growing immigrants’ rights movement), the majority of Black and brown people in this country remain subject to the generational effects of institutional unevenness in American public policy.
As people of color struggle to highlight the protracted pace of progress, the research does attempt to point out marginal advances in economic opportunity, housing, health, education, and criminal justice specific sub-groups have made. Our research provides a clear snapshot of the current state of affairs of Black and Brown people in Delaware.
We begin the process of Building People Power by equipping the community at large with the resources and information needed to drive statewide policy change. This section includes the access to the full report, as well as issue briefings and recommendations. We encourage you to download and use the report and issue briefings as needed.
OUR TIME TO
It is our hope and expectation that with knowledge comes progress. These issues and many more, provide the troubling backdrop that propels the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League to launch the Building People Power Campaign. Undergirding this report is a statewide campaign to educate, organize, and mobilize the community at large.
“Strong people don’t need strong leaders.” – Ella Josephine Baker
Ella Baker was right, “Strong people don’t need strong leaders,” but we do need each other. In 2020 and beyond, we envision a clear path to victory over these issues and with your help we will achieve success for generations to come.
We’ve designed 7 different ways you can be involved in the movement today:
- Host a house meeting (House meetings are gatherings at a person’s house where the host mobilizes their family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and/or members of their faith tradition. These are 1-time events and a great way to connect folks who might not know about the Building People Power Campaign)
- Join an existing team or issue campaign (We are building teams in different cities across Delaware, and we also have different issue campaigns to change policy at the state and local level. If you’re interested in learning more what’s available let us know!)
- Start a new team or issue campaign in my area (If we don’t have a team or issue campaign in your area, we’re looking to support people in getting new ones started. Let us know if you have an issue you care about or you live in an area without an existing team)
- Become a District Advocate (The District Advocate Program is for individuals who wish to help communicate with their elected leaders for the issues we’re fighting for in the Building People Power Campaign. We’ll train you and connect you with other individuals all across the state to work together)
- Administrative support (Do you prefer to help behind the scenes? We’re in need of a few folks to help with a variety of tasks and projects to keep the campaign moving ahead)
- Volunteer from home/remotely (For any of these roles there’s opportunities to help from the comfort of your own home. Just let us know so we can connect you with others working from home)
- Let me know how I can best help (Not sure where you want to start or what’s most needed? Then just let us know and we’ll talk with you about what’s available)
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