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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

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Our Statement

Pursuing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) is a moral imperative for the Center for Progressive Reform. Inadequate regulatory safeguards and disparities in implementation and enforcement of public interest laws disproportionately harm vulnerable communities, especially people of color and low-wealth families. We recognize these injustices are born of longstanding systemic inequalities, and are forms of continued systemic oppression.

The Center is committed to working with communities that experience disproportionate harm from existing and emerging environmental hazards, from climate change to workplace safety risks. Their lived experiences, the Center’s analytical capabilities, and our collaborative advocacy can enhance federal, state, and local government responses to those hazards. Since the government has failed to provide the necessary access, information, and resources for these communities to influence policy development and legal implementation, the Center is also committed to identifying legal reforms that enhance their influence in government and access to the courts.

By incorporating DEIJ principles into the Center’s work, we will position ourselves to most effectively and thoughtfully protect and strengthen health, safety, and environmental safeguards and empower the people whose lives depend on them.