Our Goals

The Spartanburg Initiative for Racial Equity Now (SIREN) is focused on achieving a more equitable future through policy research, advocacy, journalism, and direct action.

This is the cornerstone of our organization, founded in June 2020. SIREN will provide a forum for members and guests to discuss issues of race and racism within our community. Out of these discussions strategic and direct action will be taken to make our community a more tolerant and accepting place.


  • Serve as a racial equity watchdog on local and state issues, including the city’s “Healing, Reconciling and Unity” resolution from September 2020.
  • Amplify the voices of those who don’t have a seat at the table.
  • Build coalitions with like-minded organizations locally, statewide and nationally.
  • Fight for community engagement on the front-end of any major new development, including the future of Morgan Square.