Our Approach

In June, 2015 we held our first press briefing at the historic Louis L. Redding home in Wilmington Delaware announcing our plans to launch a series of community hearings.  Hearings were scheduled in each county at nine (9) different churches to provide state employees the opportunity to give testimonials about their experiences in the workplace.  The stories were disturbing and heart wrenching.  Black employees revealed they have been subjected to decades of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Management failed to address grievances and complaints when filed.  The Department of Labor’s Office of Anti-Discrimination failed to properly investigate claims and quite often employees were denied due process.  Employees reported the union representatives failed to properly represent their interest or provide proper guidance and support during the grievance process. The state’s grievance process was riddled with inconsistencies and the state of Delaware did not have a uniform grievance policy or an anti-discrimination policy.

The hearings ended in August 2015 and a report of the findings and information requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was presented to Governor Jack A. Markell.  Minimal steps were taken by Governor Markell to address the crisis in the state government during the final eighteen (18) months of his term.

Our Approach…
The Committee on Racism in State Government was established for the following reasons:
  1. To gather additional information, testimony, evidence and documentation in support of charges that racism exists in epidemic proportions in state government
  2. To identify the levels of racism, discrimination, bigotry and harassment in state employment and investigate how it has been nurtured and manifested into an institutionalized and accepted mode of operandi.
  3. Establish immediate, short and long range goals to remove all spectrums of racism and discrimination in state employment.
  4. Propose legislation and policy changes that will effectively eradicate all instances of racism and or discrimination by penalizing individual employees and departments that practice, condone and support intolerant behavior. 
The Path Forward…
The efforts of 2015 began to shed light on the gross inequities in state government and created an opportunity to build partnerships throughout the state of Delaware to fight injustice.  But we have a great deal of work to do…
For decades churches have served as a cornerstone of the African American community and an organizing base for civil rights and social justice movements.  Faith movements have a powerful ability to assist in the social justice mission of communities.  DE Faith In Action is expanding the table.  In order to move forward, we must understand the need for a collective purpose.  We are unified as one body, one people, one spirit moving forward with a collective consciousness.  Members of the Delaware community are invited to join the DE Faith In Action Council… organizations and individuals.  Support the work by signing the petition, contacting legislators, donating to the Faith In Action Fund @ the Delaware Community Foundation, or help organize events and activities to build awareness.  There is a role for every citizen.  We all pay the price for injustice!