Are training programs the answer to racial equity?

In a recent Indiana Business Journal (IBJ) article author Hayleigh Colombo shared data from the recent Opportunity Atlas study showing major persistent income disparities between Blacks and Whites regardless of education and generation. She shares that “for every dollar the average white worker in Indianapolis earns…the average black worker born to high-income parents earns 73 cents.” Turning that into dollar …

Black People and Institutional Power Structures

“They usually say the races here are getting along amicably now, and we do not want these peaceful relationships disturbed by teaching of new political thought. What they mean to say with respect to the peaceful relation of the races, then, is that the African-Americans have been terrorized to the extent that they are afraid even to discuss political matters …

A Critical Moment: The Struggle to Make Indianapolis a More Equitable City

Recently, the word equity has become more prominent in discussions of how to address growing poverty and inequality along lines of race, class and gender. Some examples in Indianapolis: The Indy Chamber recently collaborated with the Brookings Institute on a study about Committing to Inclusive Growth. The Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) recently changed their mission to “mobilize people, ideas and …

Interview with Imhotep Adisa: Culture Shift Masterclass & Scarabys

Q: What is the Culture Shift Masterclass? M: First, I’d like to say something about culture. Culture is what people use to maintain the social fabric – beliefs, ideas, etc. and most of the time it’s invisible. It’s like air. You breathe it, but you really don’t see it. With that said, why shift? What’s the shift about? Scarabys as …

Fight Like Ida, Octavia and Mari

Food is a powerful tool to build community. Across all cultures, you will find that people gather for large feasts for family, community, and celebration. It is an art form that is accessible across all borders. Many call food the language of love, but at We Run This, food is a platform for healing, love, and community. The program is …

From the Closing of Double 8 to Marsh: Food Access Apocalypse in Central Indiana

The recent closing of 10+ Marsh grocery stores across Indianapolis has me reflecting on the challenge of food access in Central Indiana. I remember as if it were yesterday when all the Double 8 stores closed in our communities. “Oh man!” said Paulette Fair as she tried to get into the closed store. “I need carrots and collard greens and …