Racial & economic equity

Changing Systems & Structures

Did you know that Marin ranks as one of the most racially disparate counties in California? The most recent Race Counts report highlights a number of economic inequities in our abundant county that Community Action Marin is working to change; so that all of us in Marin have a roof over our head, nutritious food, and greater well-being. 

Those who live, work and visit Marin, including all racial and ethnic groups, deserve to experience fair and just inclusion. We act to rectify historic patterns of racial, class, and gender marginalization, ensuring that all see themselves reflected in decision making and that all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential.

Community Action Marin works together with partners across government, community, and the public and private sectors to ensure that everyone in Marin has the ability to lead a life of dignity on pathways to self-sufficiency, and thriving.  With a shared vision for equity, our work together is to move into action for change. 

The Numbers

45%

Of students in Marin are people of color, while only 1 in 10 of their teachers are people of color

10,700

People who were at risk of eviction in Fall 2020 when we successfully advocated for an expansion of the eviction moratorium and a rent freeze

80+

Client visits in just over a month at our new Marin City location; overall reaching more new people and seniors through walk-ins, appointments and pop-up events

As a leading employer in the county with 200 employees, Community Action Marin is transparent around the race and gender makeup of our staff, leadership, and board of directors. We also seek to attract, retain, nurture, and grow a diverse workforce. Additionally, we strive to be welcoming and inclusive in our policies and practices, with mindfulness on equity to ensure that people of color and people of low income are supported and have equal access to opportunities throughout our agency. We follow these same guidelines in the initiatives we pursue in our community.

Initiatives

Economic Recovery

A report from the Tipping Point Community and the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California Berkeley indicated that among residents in Marin and several surrounding counties “nearly 1 in 5 people entered the pandemic in poverty and remain there today.” The concern is that although basic needs may be being met, assistance is dwindling in spite of some communities continuing to struggle. 

Racial Justice

Racial equity for students in Marin will be achieved when race and ethnicity no longer predict the outcome of a young person’s educational future. As a Marin Promise Partner, Community Action Marin has made a commitment to identify and dismantle racial inequities, and provide equity-based supports, so that our most vulnerable children can achieve their full potential and achieve a bright and successful future.  

Civic Engagement

At Community Action Marin, we aim to grow public spirit with awareness of how an individual matters in the quest to create change for the better. Through trusted messengers, we have been bringing people together in a spirit of hope for a society that cares for the well-being of all of us.

Pandemic Response & Recovery

Take Action Today!

Get involved and join us in our efforts for an equitable Marin. You can also read our collaborative Equitable Recovery Report now.