The 2021 Arc Gala will fund a transformation for The Arc Minnesota. We will work to create an organization that honors the rich lived experience of our communities, is designed to respectfully support people of all backgrounds, and highlights disability justice in collective conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Arc Minnesota is working toward a future in which people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities (IDD) live a life they choose with hope, confidence, and belonging. This means that communities will support them and society will embrace them in where they live, learn, work, and play. Unfortunately, for many of our stakeholders, the organizations and systems meant to support them have not fulfilled their promises. This includes The Arc Minnesota. We have not properly nor compassionately addressed the ways in which society further extends gaps in support and perpetuates harmful injustices at the intersection of people’s identities including race, disability, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.
Across Minnesota and our country, more people are engaged in social movements to address racial justice and other forms of oppression. Now is the time for The Arc Minnesota to reckon with our past, build an organization that reflects the disability justice movement, and foster systems and social change that supports belonging and justice for all people.
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