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The Revolutionary Question is...

Dear GARE Members, Partners, and Allies, 

When you think of your neighborhood, who do you see? What types of buildings are there? Is public transit, a pharmacy, or a grocery store nearby? How far is the nearest hospital? How much open, public space is there? Can you count the number of trees on one hand or two? What do you smell? Are there sidewalks? What does it feel like to walk on those sidewalks? How does it feel to push a stroller down that same sidewalk? A wheelchair? What does racial equity look like in your community? How is racial equity being achieved? 

Makani Themba, a brilliant narrative and communications strategist and long-time colleague to the Race Forward family, recently reminded us, “The revolutionary question is always ‘how?’” How is where the rubber from our shoes, our strollers, our wheelchairs, or our grocery carts hits the road. Many of the tools the GARE network has offered to the field in our nearly decade of work together are about the “how,” of racial equity. Sometimes, the question of 'how' is how to organize across levels of government to not just "stop the bad," or end discriminatory practices, but to build the new. How shall we build towards new racially equitable horizons that ultimately better all residents' life outcomes?

Since 1968, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing aspect of the Fair Housing Act has largely been a vision unrealized. In 2015, the Obama administration aimed to directly support this aspect of the law through the allotment of federal dollars. Unfortunately, those measures were rolled back under the Trump administration. In 2018, the State of California enshrined elements with the passage of Assembly Bill 686, which requires all public agencies to affirmatively further fair housing in activities and programs relating to housing and community development. Local and regional jurisdictions are supported with technical assistance, and also more thoroughly held to account with the new
Housing Accountability Unit. GARE members who are GARE Network Portal users can watch the recording and review the shared resources from the GARE Monthly Membership committee that features this topic here, on the GARE Network Portal. 

A network like ours is one in which we can explore the question of 'how' to organize across levels of government. Join us in Phoenix, Arizona, at Facing Race from November 17-19. Facing Race is a creative and unique space for movement making that also happens to be the largest, multiracial gathering on racial justice of advocates and organizers across many sectors, including government, arts and culture, and more. The GARE pre-conference gathering on November 17 will be co-hosted by the State of Equity and the Federal Initiative on Racial Equity. It will be an unprecedented opportunity for racial equity practitioners working at all levels of government to come together, network, learn, and connect. A generational commitment like racial equity requires organizing inside and outside of government, so come to Phoenix this November to build and nurture a strong foundation of relationships across sectors, as well as across levels of government. 

All our best,  

Gordon and the GARE staff team 

New Member Spotlight: City of San Leandro
 
Welcome to the GARE Network, City of San Leandro!

Community-wide surveys were launched in the summer of 2021. The surveys collected data on both community member experiences and employee experiences in San Leandro.  Currently, an internal team of 15 staff meet monthly, in meetings overseen by Janelle Cameron, the Assistant City Manager. Together, the team has developed 20 strategy recommendations in four categories: community engagement, staff communication, hiring and retention, and instituting equity policies.
Job Opportunities
 

Various, GARE Network Member Jurisdictions (must view via the GARE Network Portal)

GARE @ Facing Race

Facing Race: A National Conference in Phoenix, AZ and online November 17-19, 2022.

GARE will be at Facing Race, the largest multiracial, intergenerational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders.

Attending in-person in Phoenix, AZ? Please join us for a special pre-conference networking session with racial equity leaders in government. Co-hosted by GARE, the Federal Initiative on Racial Equity (FIRE), and State of Equity, this pre-conference will be the first-ever whole-of-government gathering that will bring together racial equity practitioners working in local and regional government, state government, and federal government.

This pre-conference will be on Wednesday, November 17 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM in Phoenix, AZ. To reserve your spot, add on a GARE pre-conference ticket when you register for Facing Race.
Tools & Resources
GARE members in Philadelphia, Austin, District of Columbia, and Pittsburgh are all highlighted in this outstanding compendium of racial equity approaches to budgeting and tax policy.
Will ARPA's Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Advance Racial Equity? (PolicyLink)

Buzzing on the GARE Network Portal

These links are accessible to registered users on the GARE Network portal. See the "stay connected" section below for more information on how to register for the GARE Network portal.

GARE Monthly Membership Recording: Racial Equity in California's Housing Mandates

A Collection of Racial Equity Plans, generously compiled and shared by Raúl Gonzalez.

A request and lively feedback and recommendations about the merits of DEI certification programs.

GARE 365 Program Recording: Responding to Anti-Democracy Movements 

Have a resource or idea to share in response? Please add it directly to the GARE Network Portal links above.
Stay connected. The GARE Network Portal is an online community for employees of GARE member agencies to participate in discussions, learn about GARE member events, connect with other racial equity practitioners working in government, and share resources. If you are an employee of a GARE member jurisdiction and not yet registered for the Portal, please sign up here using your government-issued email address. Requests for an account are generally approved within 1-2 business days.
Interested in GARE Membership? 

Join the 400+ local and regional jurisdictions committed to advancing racial equity through government.

Learn 
more here.
Events in the Field: 

Talking Data Equity
Weekly, Fridays from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


ICMA: Annual Conference 
September 17-21, 2022 in Columbus, OH
 
GARE, FIRE, and State of Equity Pre-Conference Gathering at Facing Race
November 17, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ 

Facing Race
November 17-19, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ and online

 

GARE Member Events: 

View & Discuss: "Free to Ride"
September 9, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM (ET)

Steering Committee Monthly Meeting
September 13, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 04:00 PM (ET)

GARE Libraries Networking Group
September 15, 2022 from 3:30 PM to 04:30 PM (ET)

GARE Chief Equity Officers Meeting
September 23, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (ET)

Monthly Membership Connection: The Role of Labor Movements and Union in Racial Equity
September 26, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 04:30 PM (ET)

RaceForward Twitter
GARE Website






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