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What Can You Do to Address Racial Equality in Stratford?

The action group "C.A.R.E." in Stratford is working to address racial equality and cultural competence.

An action group is working to make Stratford a more inclusive place.

C.A.R.E. -- "Citizens Addressing Racial Equity" -- is forming action teams to make the Stratford community stronger, more inclusive and vibrant by exploring practical ways to address racial equity and promote cultural competence.

Do you know what "cultural competence" is? The U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services defines cultural competency as: "Cultural and linguistic competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations."

Stratford's C.A.R.E. group is continuing to learn, develop and grow!  We would love to see you at our next meeting:

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
7 p.m., Rm 110
The Birdseye Municipal Complex Birdseye Street

C.A.R.E. welcomes our new Co-Chairs:
TaShun Bowden-Lewis and John Hutchinson

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George E. Mulligan November 14, 2011 at 05:41 PM
What is a DEMAND POET? - Will RTC Registrar Louis DeCilio participate with C.A.R.E.? - I attended a couple years ago. It seemed more of a political gimmick, despite most of the people involved having legitimate issues & caring. - The USA is both a melting pot and a salad bowl. - We have a common core - The perceptions of the common core is wildly diverse - That is also true within subcultures. . Do we want to have a defined concept where one size fits all? I agree we should have defined touchstones? However who does the defining? ANIMAL FARM = Some are more equal than others ...
libertarian November 15, 2011 at 02:09 PM
i think when you force inclusion you end up distancing people and perpetuating cultural incompetence. If the government and the community would look at each other as individuals and eliminate the need to force people into groups - whether by race, religion, age, or sex, and do not give benefits and privileges to any particular group over the other, i think you will have more voluntary cooperation. Pathway programs, special events, and legislation aimed at inclusion are inherently racist. People have the right to associate or to disassociate with certain people. They choose to live in different parts of town all out of Free Will, which is our innate right as humans. Government encroachment on this right is immoral, no matter how good they think their intentions are.
George E. Mulligan November 15, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Conundrum: FACT: Federal, State, Local, Business practices are DISCRIMINATORY. In Politics the parties reward allies and punish enemies. Not ethical, moral, decent, and sometimes not legal. It is reality. - Private business depend on networks which mutually reinforce. Money goes to money, since organized money can buy influence and BUYING POWER earns better pricing discounts via ECONOMY to SCALE and the OEM > WHOLESALER > DISTRIBUTOR > RETAIL abilities to BUY VOLUMES to RESELL. In Utopia with ENLIGHTENED SELF INTEREST, then programs such as EEOC and CONGRESSIONAL Mandates, would not be needed. Politics, being politics and human nature being what it is - ABUSES are the RULE rather than the EXCEPTION. Ideally Business and Job creations are NOT ZERO SUM - 1 wins = others lose. TECHNOLOGY & EMERGING PARADIGMS the CORNUCOPIAN ECONOMY can REPLACE FAGIN-OMICS & ZERO SUM. The ALCHEMIST SECRET of turning LEAD into GOLD, is a POLITICAL & BUSINESS REIFIABLE REALITY of being able to turn the LED into GOLD. Note the possibilities and facts from this 2009 video shown to the SONY EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE: Fantastic video on the progression of information technology, researched by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman, remixed By the way, I did not ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL9Wu2kWwSY This week I turn 60. I wish I could witness 2100, 2200, 2300 In 1810 - Paris: under 20 indoor Toilets. many todays conveninces created about 1880s

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