[W]here one lives determines the school you will attend and where one goes to school is central to any effort to equalize access to opportunity.
New York, New York (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
On Thursday, February 21, 2013 Elaine Gross, President of the civil rights organization ERASE Racism, was honored with a Trailblazer Award by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District. The ceremony was part of a celebration for Black History Month.
Throughout her career, Ms. Gross has focused on exploring the systemic causes of social, political, and economic inequities and finding ways to counteract those inequities. Ms. Gross, who founded ERASE Racism in 2001, has held many other positions supporting community development, affordable housing, and human rights. U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch presented Ms. Gross with the 2013 Trailblazer Award, praising her courageous, visionary and successful leadership.
In her acceptance speech, Ms. Gross spoke about her personal recollection of civil rights in 1963 and the connections to the civil rights struggle today. She also explained ERASE Racism’s work fighting racial discrimination and segregation on Long Island, particularly related to housing and education. “[W]here one lives determines the school you will attend and where one goes to school is central to any effort to equalize access to opportunity,” explained Ms. Gross, adding, “ Without this foundation it will be impossible to achieve the vision of a society where race doesn’t matter and affirmative action is no longer necessary.” She also provided several statistics that demonstrated the intense level of segregation on Long Island, including that in 2010, the average black resident lived in a neighborhood that was three and a half times as black as the region and the average Hispanic lived in a neighborhood that was twice as Hispanic as the region.
To find out more about ERASE Racism’s work, please visit http://www.eraseracismny.org