Pretend Moslem Rastafarian, former Black Panther and real-life felony ex-con (armed robbery) drug lord racist thug Malik Rahim (born Don Guyton) with friends.
Dear Common Ground Supporters and Allies
Submitted by kerul on Tue, 2006-05-23 20:35.
We write to express our sadness and regret for the unacceptable incidents of sexual harassment and assaultthat have occurred at Common Ground and apologize for the pain they have caused. Common Ground is committed to breaking the silence. So often our society tries to hide these issues and we believe that by making them visible healing can begin and change is possible.
Common Ground is a microcosm of the world we live in. We find ourselves confronting daily–in ourselves and our organization–the problems we find throughout society. Racism, sexism and classism, alcoholism, substance abuse and violence are present all around us.
We have made it clear that we will not tolerate racist, sexist or homophobic remarks or actions, violence or threats of violence. As sexual harassment and assault have come to the fore, our efforts have not always been successful and at times our process has been flawed.
We have had communication failures and an absence of clear procedures that have led to inconsistent and unsatisfactory responses and we are now taking additional steps to insure these problems and actions do not happen again within Common Ground.