The Pittsburgh Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) met with Rivers Casino and Rush Street Gaming executives on August 30, 2013 at Rivers Casino.
During our meeting, both parties agreed how vital it is for the casino to maintain a culture of inclusion and equality. We called for the casino to do a better job of ensuring that their policies and procedures are culturally sensitive and demonstrate a commitment to diversity in all practices.
Unit President, Constance Parker says “I am pleased with our meeting and believe we have made important strides toward establishing lines of open communication between our organizations. There is important work to be done at the casino as they work to create a more open and inclusive environment, and our organization is committed to monitoring and supporting the casino’s growth and commitment to community.”
Our conversation also focused on the good work the casino currently does in the community and our recommendations on how the Rivers can develop an even more diverse and inclusive environment for all customers and employees. Several solution-focused strategies were discussed, and the NAACP will maintain regular contact with casino executives for the distant future. We intend to ensure that the casino is making measurable strides in creating an inclusive environment for all guests, employees and local businesses.
“We look forward to collaborating with our colleagues at the NAACP to advance our ongoing diversity programs,” said Rivers Casino General Manger, Craig Clark. “We are proud of our diversity track records regarding employment, service providers and community outreach.”
The NAACP movement began in 1909, and is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.
For more information contact the NAACP Office at 412.471.1024
Twanda Carlisle, Pittsburgh Unit – NAACP