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Nearly two years ago the Pima County Democratic Party (PCDP) adopted its first Platform. The document is a list of values that address inequities in our country, our county and our party. After identifying next steps for the Platform Committee, we felt a responsibility to address why our PCDP volunteer base did not reflect the demographics of our county. We recognize that until full representation exists in the decision making of our Democratic work, the commitments laid out in our Platform will lack power.

The Arizona Democratic Party requires that each county party form a “Diversity and Affirmative Action” committee to address the issue of under-representation. A subcommittee of the PCDP Platform Committee formed to fulfill that mandate. We have been designing a program that will serve as a toolkit to address the root cause of the lack of participation by under-represented communities. Those communities include Black, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, the disabled, and lower income working families including single parents. The program is called Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA.) The committee is made up of folks that identify as members of the under-represented communities and through our own vast experiences we began the design of the program. But to continue we need more input from current and past volunteers, guests and leaders to look at our strengths and identify where work is needed to include all the people we represent.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility

  • Inclusion: Refers to the intentional, ongoing effort to ensure that diverse individuals fully participate in all aspects of organizational work, including decision-making processes. It also refers to the ways that diverse participants are valued as respected members of an organization and/or community. (University of Washington Racial Equity Glossary)
  • Diversity: The range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.
  • Equity: A measure of fair treatment, opportunities, and outcomes across race, gender, class, and other dynamics. Distinct from Equality which ensures equal access. Equity ensures accessibility, representation, resources based on need.
  • Accessibility: Giving equitable access to everyone along the continuum of human ability and experience. Accessibility encompasses the broader meanings of compliance and refers to how organizations make space for the characteristics that each person brings.

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Culture Survey Definitions

  • Individual Racism
    Occurs between individuals. These are public expressions of racism, often involving slurs, biases, or hateful words or actions. (National Museum of African American History and Culture, Taking about Race)
  • Institutionalized Racism
    Occurs in an organization. These are discriminatory treatments, unfair policies, or biased practices based on race that result in inequitable outcomes for whites over people of color and extend considerably beyond prejudice. These institutional policies often never mention any racial group, but the intent is to create advantages. Example: A school system where students of color are more frequently distributed into the most crowded classrooms and underfunded schools and out of the higher-resourced schools. (National Museum of African American History and Culture, Taking about Race)
  • Ableism
    This can refer to either individual or institutional actions and language that disadvantage or disempower people with disabilities, people experiencing disabilities, or disabled people. Ableism includes mental, physical, and emotional disabilities.
  • Transphobia
    Hatred and/or discrimination against people who break or blur gender roles and sex characteristics. Transphobia is mandated by a gender regime that says we are either man or woman, masculine or feminine. Like biphobia, it is prevalent in both straight and lesbian/gay communities.
  • Accommodation
    Adaptations that can’t be anticipated or standardized . They are different for each individual. Accommodations are reactive solutions to address special cases. We refer to accommodations typically as a response to disability. We are also referring to accommodations across race, gender, class, and other dynamics.
  • Homophobia
    Hatred and/or discrimination based on perceived or actual sexuality or gender identity. Homophobia manifests itself in a variety of ways, including verbal threats, jokes, physical/emotional violence, and discrimination in adoption, marriage, employment, et cetera.
  • Classism
    Refers to the prejudice against or in favor of people belonging to a particular class, which is a relative social rank in terms of income, wealth, education, status, and power. Also known as class discrimination, it includes the attitudes, behaviors, systems of policies, and practices of an individual or society that are set up to benefit one social class at the expense of another.
  • Ageism
    The stereotyping and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age; ageism can take many forms, including prejudicial attitudes, discriminatory practices, or institutional policies and practices that perpetuate stereotypical beliefs. FAQs Ageism,” World Health Organization.
  • Xenophobia
    Fear, hatred, or distrust of foreigners. Fear and suspicion of immigrants inspired discrimination and persecution of immigrant groups in the United States long before the term “xenophobia” was coined during the early twentieth century. Xenophobia is distinguished from bigotry and prejudice in that the latter denote disrespect and contempt based on one’s belief in another group’s alleged cultural or even biological inferiority, whereas xenophobia is prompted by a perceived threat to the culture and mores of the group to which one feels one’s greatest allegiance.
  • Religion
    A code of belief or philosophy that often involves the worship of a God or gods. Belief in a supernatural power is not essential (absent in, for example, Buddhism and Confucianism), but faithful adherence is usually considered to be rewarded.
  • Religious Discrimination
    The unfair or prejudicial treatment of people and groups based on religion.

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