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Art 2(1)e Encourage Integrationist Multi-racial Organizations

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 Under Article 2(1)(e), each State Party undertakes "to encourage, when appropriate, integrationist multi-racial organizations and movements and other means of eliminating barriers between races, and to discourage anything which tends to strengthen racial division."

As part of his Initiative on Race, President Clinton has taken important steps to encourage various sectors of United States society to celebrate diversity and work toward the goal of building One America by promoting racial reconciliation and encouraging racial equal opportunity for all.

For example, on July 20, 1999, President Clinton issued a call to action to the legal community to enlist their support in the fight for equal justice. Leading organizations in the United States, including the American Bar Association, the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Association of American Law Schools and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, responded by forming the "Lawyers for One America." Lawyers for One America is a unique collaboration with a mission to promote racial justice through increased pro bono legal service and diversity initiatives within the legal community.

On March 9, 2000, President Clinton met with a broad group of American religious leaders to highlight new commitments and programs they have pledged to undertake within the faith community to ensure that the nation's religious organizations are doing their part to expand diversity, end racism and promote racial reconciliation. At the meeting, the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) pledged to hold a national forum of faith leaders to share information on their efforts and to seek commitments from other faith leaders to address race issues.

On April 6, 2000, President Clinton met with the leaders of the nation's largest corporations to challenge them to promote diversity and make commitments to expand economic opportunities to racial minorities and close the opportunity gap that exists in the United States. At the meeting, several corporate leaders pledged to convene dialogues on racial issues, workplace diversity and employment equity during the next year. In addition, twenty-five leading companies pledged to spend $250 million, $1 million per year for the next ten years, to expand diversity in the high technology workforce.

Also inspired by President Clinton's leadership on race relations, numerous cities in the United States, like Indianapolis, Indiana and Grand Rapids, Michigan, have held or are planning to hold day-long "race summits" that bring together people of diverse backgrounds to hold dialogues on racial reconciliation.

The Department of Justice promotes the goals of Article 2(1)(e) through active involvement in communities beset by either actual or potential destructive racial conflict. The Department's Community Relations Service sends experienced mediators to assist local communities in resolving and preventing racial and ethic conflict, violence or civil disorder. For over thirty years, the Department has played an enormously positive role in conflict prevention at the local level.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) seeks to eliminate racial discrimination through education and prevention, and by publishing policy guidance statements, compliance manuals and other educational materials. The EEOC also regularly sponsors nationwide technical assistance program seminars, and makes presentations to employee and employer interest groups. Within the past two years, the EEOC has developed a comprehensive website http://www.eeoc.gov and launched a mediation program in each of its district offices, with the goal of resolving charges of discrimination while preserving working relationships.



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