Multiple responses to Office of Management and Budget memo calling for Federal agencies to cease all anti-racist related training activities.
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'A possible America' begins with anti-racist training

The Seattle Times: Opinion
by Glenn Harris and Julie Nelson


On Sept. 4, President Donald Trump pledged to identify and cancel all anti-racist training contracts for federal government agencies, calling them “divisive, un-American propaganda trainings,” while directing the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidelines on defunding racial-justice work. At the same time, the Department of Justice has been investigating the city of Seattle’s racial-equity trainings with the apparent intention of intimidating local governments into retreating from the work. And earlier this month, journalist Bob Woodward revealed that Trump dismissed the notion he held any white privilege, saying, “No, I don’t feel that way at all.”

Why is Trump — who refused to meet with Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, while excusing the actions of accused killer Kyle Rittenhouse, who is white — targeting racial-equity work in cities like Seattle?

Racial-equity work focuses on undoing systemic racism in organizations, institutions and governments. Programs like those in the city of Seattle, which we helped to launch over a decade ago, examine how to change the structures that preserve and reproduce disparate impacts for whites, Black and Indigenous people, as well as all people of color. 

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California Cabinet Secretaries Pass Racial Equity Resolution

     On August 26th, 2020, a Council of seven California cabinet members and three public appointees unanimously approved a landmark Racial Equity Resolution committing their California state agencies to action to advance racial equity. The group is called the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC), and includes Secretaries of Housing, Health and Human Services, Food and Agriculture, Transportation, the Environment, Natural Resources, and Land Use Planning.
     Commitments include integrating racial equity into agency operations, identifying and implementing measurable actions, working towards alignment across agencies, and reporting out to the public at least twice yearly. This resolution comes a year after SGC’s 2019 adoption of a Racial Equity Action Plan and grew out of work with the Capitol Collaborative on Race and Equity (CCORE).

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“It is critical for government employees and leaders to learn about racial equity”: PHI Statement on Federal Memo Banning Anti-Racism Training

Also responding to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo, the Public Health Institute's CCORE Team drafted a statement highlighting key learnings they have had through their work. In it they acknowledge that racism is a primary cause of the divisions in our country, and programs to address institutional racism are critical to any efforts to repair that damage.

"As public health practitioners, we also know that racism is a key driver of health inequities, leading to a wide range of injustices and health harms for people of color in this country, especially impacting people who are black and indigenous, and literally killing millions of people. And we know that government policies and practices have caused and perpetuated many of these harms."

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Improving Equity with the Right Tools

WHEN: October 20, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST

Equity and Inclusion/Social Justice: ICMA Conversations

Does your local government have the right equity tools to understand the internal and external impacts of the organization’s decisions, policies, and procedures? 

The webinar goal is to highlight tools local governments can implement to address and improve internal and external inequities.

Participants will understand why equity tools are important, learn about the tools some local governments are using, and how to right-size them to implement in their own organizations.

The webinar will consist of a 60 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes for Q&A. Available for GARE and ICMA members.


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The City of Chicago, IL

"The Office of Equity and Racial Justice seeks to achieve equity in the city's service delivery, decision-making, and community engagement. We will do this by supporting City departments in normalizing concepts of racial equity, organizing staff to work together for transformational change, and operationalizing new practices, policies, and procedures that result in more fair and just outcomes."

Candace Moore recently joined the City of Chicago as its first Chief Equity Officer under the Office of the Mayor. Candace is charged with building out the newly created Office of Equity and Racial Justice which will oversee the development, coordination, and administration of racial and social equity policies and practices for the City of Chicago. Prior to joining the City of Chicago, Candace Moore served as a Senior Staff Attorney at Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights advocating for educational equity through a lens of racial and social justice. Candace is a double alum of Loyola University in Chicago; she graduated from both the undergraduate program and the School of Law.

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GARE Rapid Response Series: Content Presentation

October 9, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm (ET)
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GARE Rapid Response Series: Working Session

October 23, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm (ET)
GARE members are encouraged to bring an issue they are grappling with, to engage in a "3-person consultancy" model where you and 2 other GARE colleagues will brainstorm together to address the issue.

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