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We believe that undoing racism is a key part of carrying out NELCWIT’s mission to be an “anti-racist grassroots organization dedicated to social and political change in a world free from violence and all forms of oppression." Although NELCWIT’s work is focused on sexual and domestic violence, we understand violence to be much broader and very interconnected in its origins and manifestations. We believe that eradicate violence requires understanding and addressing its structural and institutional forms, as well.
For this reason, we understand our work as an anti-violence agency as requiring an active commitment to anti-oppression and anti-racism work. In order to do this work successfully, we decided that we must first analyze the structures of power that exist within our own organization. Our focus is on institutional racism: how NELCWIT interacts with racism and racist structures, and how we can change and influence these structures to eliminate the perpetuation of racism within our organization.
Every member of our agency is engaged in this process and takes part in meetings and training. We are committed to being a social change agency that works against all forms of violence, as an ongoing process of growth and change within ourselves and our organization.
The policies of NELCWIT prohibit any form of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law with respect to employment, volunteer participation and the provisions of services.