Advocacy is defined as "public support for, or recommendation of, a particular cause or policy." Since its inception, Parity, Inc.has performed as an advocacy group that analyzes public policy at the state and local levels to determine their effects on the African American community.
An example of parity in advocacy is the crisis in foreclosure homes in the Dayton area. Home foreclosure has been a serious issue in the black community long before it became a national issue. Representatives from Parity gave testimony to the Ohio House of Representatives regarding a bill to prevent predatory lending. The African American community was dis-proportionally affected by these shady lending practices. We advocate for stronger state regulation to prevent such practices.
Parity, Inc., in conjunction with other community organizations such as the NAACP, League of Women Voters and several Greek letter organizations, sponsors candidate forums; the purpose of these forums is to give citizens an opportunity to hear from political candidates in in order to make an informed decision on how to vote.
The downturn in the national economy is more acutely felt by state and local governments. They find it increasingly more difficult to balance their budgets; in order to do so, they must reduce services and lay off workers. Parity has conducted an extensive study of the effects of regionalism on the African American community in the Dayton region. We believe that local governments in the Dayton region will be forced to develop new strategies to provide services for their citizens.