The Anti-Racism Community Collaborative (ARCC) is comprised of two pillar organizations at present. The ARCC model provides for a structure with as many as six pillar organizations, so our Collaborative is poised for growth. Qualifications for pillar organizations include having a mission committed to anti-racism and having two members who are interested in participating on the ARCC Board. Other opportunities for participation include participating in ARCC committees and task forces.
ARCC was created through the collaboration of Social Justice Matters, Inc. of Scotch Plains/Fanwood and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield.
SOCIAL JUSTICE MATTERS, INC., SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD
Social Justice Matters (SJM) is a local grassroots non-profit organization, formed in 2010 and based in Scotch Plains, NJ. Its members are committed to active inquiry into matters of race in our society and to working toward an equitable community. Its mission is to explore the values and opportunities arising from our diverse communities, and to work together to foster equity and challenge racism, in order to achieve greater social justice. SJM serves as a resource for community concerns and facilitates truthful and meaningful discussions and actions about race and related topics.
THE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ASSOCIATION, WESTFIELD
In 1987 a group of community and religious leaders in Westfield, New Jersey came together to organize so that Westfielders could collectively celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield held its first service on January 1988 at the town’s Bethel Baptist Church. Today, the organization sponsors a year-round calendar of events and activities to commemorate Dr. King’s life and work, and to continue his legacy.