Once And For All Campaign: National Plan of Action for Racial Justice

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The US Human Rights Network and the Human Rights at Home Campaign launched the Once And For All campaign on March 21, 2013. The campaign is a national call for the Obama Administration to develop a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice. One hundred twenty-six national and local organizations signed an open letter calling on the Administration to adopt this comprehensive plan.

Join the call and sign the petition! 

The National Plan of Action for Racial Justice is a comprehensive action plan that would be adopted by the federal government and applicable to all levels of government to address persistent contemporary forms of racial discrimination and race disparities in almost every sphere of life. Our current civil rights laws are simply not enough to advance racial equality and human rights for all. They do not address inequalities in access to healthcare and housing, or address the legacies of racism inherent in immigration law, or law enforcement policies that result in excessive incarceration of African Americans and Latinos.

Read the National Plan of Action Educational Resource and Template.

The Plan of Action would set concrete targets for achieving racial equality and reducing race disparities, create new tools for holding the government accountable to meeting these targets, and improve coordination between agencies and levels of government on racial discrimination issues that extend beyond current civil rights law. While primarily focused on the federal government, a plan should encourage all levels of government and other stakeholders to act. 
The plan must be developed with the meaningful input of communities most directly impacted by direct and indirect forms of racial discrimination. 
The U.S. has ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and is obligated to address structural racism. The National Plan of Action will identify concrete steps the Obama Administration intends to take meet its human rights obligations and fully comply with ICERD.