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‘We Work Together’: Chippewa Valley Equality Initiative Connects Local Social Justice Organizations

SIGNS OF THE TIMES. A Black Lives Matter demonstration and March in Eau Claire in June 2020. The Chippewa Valley Equality Initiative has one goal: action.

The new collaboration between local social justice organizations – including Uniting Bridges, Eau Claire Justice League, the Chippewa Valley chapter of the ACLU, the LGBTQ Community Center, the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, the Black & Brown Womyn Power Coalition, JONAH, and more – aims to connect local organizations and offer resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion in an effort to boost the Chippewa Valley’s diversity efforts.

“What’s special about Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley?” said Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, president of Uniting Bridges. “We work together. We don’t work against each other. It’s not the oppression Olympics. We’re not going to fight each other. We’re not going to have those kinds of issues.

We’re going to try to build it right from the ground up so that we work together, and we model what an inclusive community looks like. And this website is one of those first steps to the inclusive community we want.”

The organization’s website, which officially […]

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