Welcome to the New Castle Council on Race and Equity (CRE) newsletter. Since this is our first issue, we want to tell you a little bit about ourselves by answering a few questions. Thanks for taking the time to learn about the newest town committee!
Why do we need this committee?
The CRE was formed last spring, in response to several deeply disturbing racist incidents in our community. Unfortunately, these have proven not to be isolated events. Over the summer and into the fall, more racial slurs, including the use of the “N” word, have been reported at our high school and at one of our middle schools. Alumni of color from Greeley have begun to share their own experiences with structural racism and microaggressions. But it’s not just our schools. Recently, Black Lives Matter signs have been repeatedly vandalized on private property, and threatening graffiti has been scrawled in town parks and in front of a Black family’s home here.
What do we hope to accomplish?
The CRE is committed to working towards racial equity, holding institutions accountable, educating our community, and helping New Castle become a safe, welcoming place for all families.
How is the CRE structured?
The CRE is a Town Government Committee. It is led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and comprised of two BIPOC co-chairs and eight BIPOC team leader overseeing 115+ New