Citizens with a high school education or less, and an annual income of under $30K reported that childcare, transportation, feelings of being unwelcome, safety concerns, and lack of information were obstacles to community involvement.
Source: Crossroads Charlotte, 2008 Social Capital Benchmark Community Survey
Our Vision for Social Equity
By 2030, we envision a region in which...
- All interested members of the community are included in discussions and policymaking affecting the public commons, without limitation as to standing, affiliation, citizenship, and/or civil or legal status.
- Public and private interests follow the “triple bottom line” principle, in recognition of the inherent mutuality and interconnectedness of environment, society and economy.
- Formal and informal education and training in sustainability is actively promoted at every level within area school systems, public institutions, and throughout the private sector.
- Grassroots democratic participation is integrated into all public and private institutions as a safeguard against undue dominance by any particular interest group.
- The creation of sustainable initiatives is supported across the social spectrum, with a focus on reducing social, political and economic inequality locally and globally.
- We have moved beyond acceptance of diversity (with its focus on differences) to embracing plurality and the equal value of all members of an interrelated community
- The privatization of certain resources that are fundamental to life and human survival has been rejected.
- The eradication of poverty has been prioritized, we have adopted a social health index based on equitable access and attainment of the common good, and comprehensive yet flexible policies have been adopted to achieve this goal.
- Sustainability is recognized and embodied at every level and continuously subject to re-evaluation and re-visioning.