Wellville is a 10-year national nonprofit project to achieve long-term, equitable, community wellbeing. We serve as a catalyst for five US communities – the Wellville 5 – as they work to improve their health and wellbeing through resident-centered, multi-stakeholder collaboration. The Wellville 5 will inspire other communities to copy (and improve upon) their work and to promote change in how our nation invests in its people, institutions and systems.
Last Monday the Spartanburg City Council approved unanimously a “Healing, Reconciling and Unity” resolution, acknowledging “the historical antecedents of systemic racism” and apologizing to residents for “racial injustices and long-lasting inequities that have resulted from those policies.” The unprecedented resolution also enumerates specific actions Council members will take, including to “promote racial equity through all policies approved by City Council” and “support community efforts to amplify concerns about racist policies and practices.”
The Hartford City Council passed the CROWN Act, which prohibits the denial of employment and educational opportunities because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including braids, locks, twists or bantu knots. The bill was introduced to the Council by students in Advocacy to Legacy, a nonprofit organization that teaches individuals and communities how to advocate for themselves.