Building trust: Our Madison’s framework
In looking at Friday’s extraordinary unveiling of the Justified Anger Coalition’s Our Madison Plan we see perhaps the best opportunity yet for achieving the shared trust we’re seeking as one of our editorial agenda items this year. But it will take work and commitment and investment. And we can do it.
Reverend Alex Gee, whose essay on racism in Madison added such emphasis to the Race to Equity report and around whom the Justified Anger Coalition formed says the work accomplished by African American leaders in the last year is not a plan, but rather a framework. The goals outlined in the five areas of focus require a plan of action. But make no mistake: compiling the goals has drawn the Black community together in unprecedented fashion. This is a very powerful community voice.
And thus it deserves and demands an equally powerful community response and partnership. There are dozens of opportunities to address issues of disparity, bias and inequality. One big one is money. This effort will require financing and we must step up. More on that later. But for now this is an invitation to acknowledge the “our” in Our Madison. It’s an opportunity to be a national model for inclusion, justice and parity. And thus will trust be built.