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  • Equity:  Ensuring resources and power are fairly redistributed so all humans experience dignity and opportunity.
  • Effectiveness:  Drawing on evidence, collecting feedback, and evaluating progress using quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Systems Change:  Addressing institutional, systemic, and structural root causes to eliminate inequities in social outcomes.
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Your contribution should do one or more of the following:
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    • Information on potential solutions, current efforts, etc.
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    • Link to organizations
    • NOTE: We are unable to publish content related to specific political candidates.
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