The Anti-Racism Coalition of Cazenovia (ARC-C) supports the decisive work of the Cazenovia Village and Town Boards as they united to take a stand against hate messages that were found in our community last week. They worked together to enlist state and local investigators, they composed a letter to the editor of the Cazenovia Republican ("Board Addresses Anti-Semitism," April 19, 2023, pg. 6), they encouraged community members who have experienced or are witness to hate incidents to document, report, and reach out for support.
Addressing and resisting hate may be difficult for people if they do not know procedures, if they distrust authority, if they feel vulnerable, or underrepresented in a community. ARC-C is available at https://www.arc-c.org/ for anyone who needs an ally.
Education, policy change, and outreach can reduce incidents of hate. ARC-C hosts events and conversations for prevention and understanding.
Our next event will be a Chalk-the-Walk in gratitude to the Cazenovia College Community on Saturday, May 6 from 12-2 p.m. on the corner of Albany and Sullivan Streets. Everyone is welcome to join us in thanking the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have brought diversity of ideas, cultures, and benefits to Cazenovia for almost two hundred years.
A festive gathering is not a cure. But, acknowledging the contributions that students bring and the integrity that faculty and staff demonstrate is an excellent step toward educating ourselves and each other about kindness over hate.
The Anti-Racism Coalition of Cazenovia