On this MLK Day 2023, we are reminded of the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to ensure that the United States of America lives up to its promises of justice and liberty for all. We remember, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Racial injustice continues to plague our nation; thus, the Truth and Conciliation Commission continues its mission of truth-telling and laying the foundations for racial conciliation in the United States. To such end, we have been working with national and local partners submitting proposals to help guide Iowa and Portland in their distinct truth-telling commissions mandated by city ordinances. Both cities have sent out requests for proposals for local and national organizations to facilitate their racial truth-telling processes. Should our proposals become accepted, we will be able to establish and launch models of truth and conciliatory work for local communities across the country in hopes of one day guiding a national truth commission.
Additionally, the TCC has been a partner with researchers addressing racial discrimination amongst major homeowners insurance agencies disproportionately denying the claims of Black homeowners. A growing class action lawsuit against State Farm has been filed. Learn more about the data collection that we have supported and the suit in the New York Times.
Throughout 2023, the TCC will continue to strategically partner with organizations, institutions, communities, and government agencies to uncover and systematically address truthful experiences and impacts of racism in America. Also, we will continue to facilitate anti-oppression training and conciliation-building workshops. Please continue to support our efforts throughout the year and share with individuals, communities, and agencies that will benefit from access to our services and work.