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HCP Statement on Racism

At HCP we believe a healthy community partnership includes prioritizing the health and well-being of all of our community members regardless of color, gender identity, ethnicity, or country of origin. It is clear, now more than ever, that there is a problem in our country. Even as a small community we are not immune to the issues of racism and unconscious bias. It is time for us to listen, learn, educate ourselves, and speak up. Now is not the time to stay silent. If you hear something say something. Together we can be a positive force for change right here in our own community. Together we have the power to put an end to bias and racism. We cannot wait for someone else to fix the problem for us.

We need to do better.

We can do better.

We will do better.

Here at HCP we will be taking the following action steps:

1) Supporting diversification of local public libraries through a mini grant program for interested schools or libraries (see details below).

2) Ensuring all HCP board members and staff attend an anti-racism training annually.

3) Incorporating actions and language about supporting diversity into our Strategic Plan.

4) Supporting community efforts to enact positive change in our community. If you would like to get involved contact Eric Minor at minorej@gmail.com.

Below are some resources to begin your own journey and to help you continue the conversation.

www.laxwakingupwhite.com Waking up White La Crosse is a grass-roots community volunteer organization committed to creating a healthier multicultural community in the greater La Crosse area.

➔ Book: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi – "Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America and inspires hope for an antiracist future."

➔ Documentary: 13th - "Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America." (Netflix - currently streaming for free)

➔ Movie or Book: Just Mercy - "A powerful true story that follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his battle for justice as he defends a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence." (Amazon Video - currently streaming for free)

➔ Podcasts: A1 - Confronting the Legacy of Racism in America (47 mins) + Acknowledging Racism Is A Good Start. But It’s Only The First Ste . (46 mins) (free)

Research Paper: Black Americans in White La Crosse by Jennifer DeRocher ( free )

➔ Movie: I Am Not Your Negro - “Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.” (available on YouTube and Amazon Prime)

HCP News and Upcoming Events

Fundraiser to Support Diverse Libraries

We are pleased to announce a fundraiser to support diversifying local libraries. Diverse libraries help to build community, preserve cultural heritage, and help us understand one another. All children deserve the chance to see someone like themselves as the hero of the story.

Our fundraising goal is $1000 and we will match the first $350.

Donations can be made through Facebook, online at https://www.givemn.org/story/Diverse-Libraries, or by a check mailed to HCP at 333 Main St., La Crescent. Add 'Library Fund' to check memo. Funds will be distributed to school and public libraries in La Crescent and Hokah.

*To support this initiative on Facebook, copy this text into a post on your page. Select Support Nonprofit and then La Crescent Area Healthy Community Partnership.

La Crescent Food Shelf is now located at 436 S. 6th St., La Crescent - the building formerly housing Pam's Design Perfection hair salon.

***Curbside pickup due to the Coronavirus continues.

We are open these hours: Wednesdays 2 - 5 PM, and the 2nd Saturday of the month, 9 AM - noon. We are distributing pre-packed bags of food directly to people in their cars. We now are doing phone pre-orders to customize the non-perishable foods, and have an online order form as well, see our page here. We serve residents of Houston County once a month, but if there is an emergency need, please call 507-895-1115.

Farmers to Families Boxes Friday Sept. 11th and Sept 18th, starting at 3:30 PM until gone.

If you would like more information, or to volunteer, please contact LaCrescentFoodShelf@gmail.com

Neighbors in Action

Neighbors in Action is working hard to ensure that our elderly neighbors have the the things they need during this scary time. Please call our office at (507) 895-8123 if you or an older friend or neighbor needs assistance getting groceries, medications or other essential supplies. We can also provide regular phone calls for reassurance and companionship.

The La Crescent Community Bike Shoppe is located at 227 Main St., inside the AcenTek building. We are an all volunteer bike shop working year round on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, 6-8 pm. In addition, you can find us June - August on the back parking lot behind Corky’s Pizza on Saturdays mornings, 9-12 pm. For more information call 608-790-2580.

Touching Moments Animal Assisted Activities

Do you have an affectionate pet that may be a good fit for pet therapy? Touching Moments is currently accepting applications for handler teams. To learn more visit www.touchmoments.org or call 507:894-2210

Windy Ridge Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center is currently accepting volunteer applications for side walker and lead positions. If you love horses, enjoy helping others, and like having lots of fun, contact us today by calling 507-894-2210 to learn more.