Author: Shannon Kalahar
Racial Justice Essay & Arts Contest
The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with the Pinellas Remembers Community Remembrance Project Coalition is pleased to announce an essay scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th grade students attending public high school in Pinellas County where prizes totaling at least $5000 will be awarded to participants with winning essays. With the support of the Tampa Bay Rays, the coalition is also pleased to announce […]
Grow Smarter and Leadership St. Pete Stride Towards Race Equity
Grow Smarter is a strategic plan within the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce that aims to reduces gaps by race and place in St. Petersburg, Florida, by introducing equity to economic development efforts. Since its start in 2014, Grow Smarter contributed to increasing St. Petersburg’s median household income by 25% and decreasing the city’s poverty rate by 14%. Jocelyn Howard, the Grow Smarter Program Manager, stated that the plan brings to […]
“We Are Here, and We Care”: Empowering Businesses and the Community Amidst COVID-19
The economic cost of the COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to be $16 trillion or roughly 90% of the annual GDP of the U.S. The largest drop in active business owners ever recorded occurred from February-April 2020 with the number plummeting by 22% or 3.3 million. Businesses owned by people of color were especially hit hard. Black-owned businesses experienced a 41% drop in business activity, […]
Advancing Racial Justice Through Mindfulness
Unconscious, implicit racial bias—rather than individual, White supremacist action—plays a role in nearly every stage of a person’s life. Americans, including people of color themselves, hold a range of unconscious biases against people of color. However, research on mindfulness-based interventions provides grounds for optimism and potential long-term solutions. Mindfulness Provides Grounds for Optimism Mindfulness can […]
Affiliate Group Gains Understanding of Personal Judgements, Perceptions and Biases
When it comes to race and racism, the learning curves and needs of white people and Black people are very different. Many white people seek to understand—and perhaps confront for the first time– the history and current manifestations of white supremacy and racism in America. It seems entirely reasonable that this learning takes place with […]
Addressing Racial Inequities Through Medical-Legal Partnerships
In the U.S., 25% of all renters are severely rent-burdened. In Florida, that percentage is 21%. But when we look at the data by census tract in Pinellas County, there are several communities—mostly comprised of people of color—that are up to 91.5% severely rent-burdened. People of color in these communities disproportionately spend at least 30% of their income on rent and most spend over 50%. Upscale development, rent spikes, and stagnant wages continue to cause barriers for equitable growth in Pinellas County. Beyond shelter, […]
Women Talk Black a Force for Voter Turnout
Florida, historically known as a swing state, holds the power to determine election outcomes. According to a Pew Research report, in 2016 the Black voter turnout rate declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, falling to 59.6% after reaching a record-high 66.6% in 2012. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic […]
Should My Child go to School Today? Best Practices During COVID-19
The decision to reopen schools came after months of deliberation and careful preparation between the FL Department of Health and district officials who mandated doors could only open after county-wide infection rates decreased. In late July and early August, families were given the option of virtual learning, or returning to physical schools. Despite the pandemic, continuing education is […]
What does race have to do with health?
In Pinellas County Florida, race is the greatest determinant of differential health outcomes from one part of the county to another and from one community to another. Life spans in one zip code to another can differ by as much as 16 years. And we know that our neighborhoods and opportunities and resources are deeply […]
Q&A with Chief Equity Officer, Carl R. Lavender, Jr.
Carl R. Lavender, Jr. has been appointed to the newly created leadership role of Chief Equity Officer, focused on applying a race equity lens to all the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg’s work and policy positions. He shares insights about his vision and responsibilities of the new role, below.