EATOPOC stands for Equal Access to Opportunities for People of Color. It was founded a few weeks ago by lifelong Binghamton resident Tonya Powell.
Powell has been active in local civil rights issues since the early 1990s.
She founded the organization to further a dialogue in the community regarding race relations and to act as an advocate for people of color who feel they're being discriminated against in employment, housing or bank loans.
She has heard from a number of minorities who feel that prejudice is holding them back.
"We've come a long way, there's not a doubt. But, we still have a long ways to go. Racism, yes it does exist, it's just covert. It comes in words and it comes in various subtle actions. But, no racism is still here,"said Powell.
EATOPOC also operates a food pantry from its location on Chapin Street in Binghamton behind the Redeemer Lutheran Church. The food pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 to 4.
The EATOPOC office is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 5.
For more information call 235-3614.
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