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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Webinars

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Ad Hoc Committee was established by LLC President Joe Fisler in April 2021 to promote and expand learning opportunities that enable the LLC organization and membership to better understand, celebrate, learn from, support, and include diverse communities. (The Committee defines diversity broadly to include race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, language, geographical origin, gender and/or sexual orientation and physical disabilities.)

The Committee is developing a series of webinars about Providence’s initiatives to address current inequities in such areas as housing, health, public education, and policing. Check back here for more information.

Thank you to our first speaker in this series:

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Raymond Two Hawks Watson, J.D., M.C.P.

Our thanks again to Raymond Two Hawks Watson for his dynamic and thought-provoking discussion, in which he explained the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations process and provided his insights and perspectives.

Attendees asked for information about how to obtain the various reports mentioned during the webinar.

A Matter of Truth, was published by the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society and the 1696 Heritage Group.  It documents the treatment of African-heritage people and indigenous peoples in Providence and Rhode Island across more than four centuries and continuing today and illustrates the resiliency of the African American community in the face of enslavement and racial discrimination.  The book is available for purchase through the RI Black Heritage Society. A link to order a copy, as well as a link to download a copy, can be found on the Heritage Society’s home page:  http://riblackheritage.org.  In addition, copies are available at local libraries.

The report for the Reconciliation phase of the process, produced by The Providence Cultural Equity Initiative and Roger Williams University, is Truth-Telling and Reconciliation: Proposing A Framework for the City of Providence. Use this link to download a copy.

The report of the City of Providence’s Municipal Reparations Commission can be accessed online here.

To learn more about the African American Ambassador Group, you can visit the Group’s website aaagpvd.com.  Shawndell Burney-Speaks is the contact in the Mayor’s Office for the AAAG: sburneyspeaks@providenceri.gov.

To learn more about the work of Raymond Watson’s organization The Providence Cultural Equity Initiative, visit http://provcei.org.

Coverage in the Providence Journal of the October 26, 2022 City Council’s vote on the $10 million reparations budget can be viewed here: https://lbus7do-cdn.newsmemory.com/?publink=2bc49775e_1348687.

The process included the development of a multimedia initiative to directly connect more individuals with the A Matter of Truth report, including a website featuring documentary interviews and reconciliation framework report. See it here: Providence Reconciliation Doc Trailer Mockup - YouTube.