Join us on Nov. 10th in Atlanta, Georgia for our national convening: Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Government
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[Convening] Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Government

Thursday, November 10th, 2016 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) will be hosting “Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Government,” a day-long convening on November 10th from 8:30am to 5pm immediately before this year’s Facing Race conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Register today.

The Convening will explore the growing field of practice within local and regional government to advance racial equity in their jurisdictions.

The convening will feature:

  • Glenn Harris, President of Center for Social Inclusion (CSI)
  • Sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell—host of the CNN docu-series, United Shades of America
  • A panel of elected officials, including St. Paul, Minnesota Mayor Chris Coleman; Grand Rapids, Michigan Mayor Rosalynn Bliss; Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia; and others, and will be moderated by Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities
  • Julie Nelson, Senior Vice President of CSI and Director of The Government Alliance on Race and Equity
  • Leon Andrews, Racial Equity and Leadership Director with the National League of Cities
  • GARE leaders from across the country

The goals of the pre-conference convening are to:

  1. Increase understanding of and commitment to racial equity and the role that government can play in advancing equity.
  2. Share local and national racial equity effective practices.
  3. Further cross-jurisdictional, cross-community, and cross-sector partnerships.
  4. Foster post-convening collaboration with community organizations and local jurisdictions, organized regionally and spanning nationally.

This will be an exciting opportunity to learn more about the spreading movement to create an effective and inclusive democracy that centers racial equity.


Event in Twin Cities:

As part of the "Advancing Racial Equity Speaker Series"

Authentic Community Engagement:
A necessary strategy for government to advance racial equity

When? August 17, 2016, 6pm – 8pm
(refreshments and registration beginning at 5:45)

Where? Hopkins Center for the Arts (1111 Main Street, Hopkins, MN 55343).

What? We will be lifting up community partnerships, focusing on “side-by-side” relationships that advance racial equity.

Who? We will be joined by:

  • Mónica Hurtado, a racial justice and health equity organizer with Voices for Racial Justice, who will share expertise of community working with government.
  • Dr. Raintry Salk, a Research Analyst at the Metropolitan Council, who will share expertise of government working with community.
  • Denise Butler from the African Career, Education & Resource
  • Larry Hiscock, from Nexus Community Partners
  • A representative from Hennepin County (invited)

The event will also explore light rail planning: A case study of grassroots community, a non-profit intermediary, and government working together to plan a better light rail system.

In The Blog:

Interview with former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels
Nickels helped launch the city's Race & Social Justice Initiative, the first agency of its kind in the United States.

"..communities that are able to have an honest conversation about race before there’s a crisis are going to be much better off than those that think we are in a post-racial society. There are clearly racial issues in our cities and it doesn’t take a lot for them to bubble up to the surface. And without a common understanding already being built in a place, these issues can be very difficult to address. So if anything, I urge folks to wade into these conversations, to learn from other people and to make mistakes."

Read the rest.

Job Opportunities

Equity Program Manager in the city of Long Beach, CA -- the person hired for this position will develop and conduct an equity assessment; develop a framework that will serve as the equity lens for programming and strategic planning efforts; and lead equity training efforts. This person will also collaborate closely with City and community partners to further address social determinants of health in the City.

Economic Development Specialist in the city of Madison, WI – The City of Madison is seeking a motivated and experienced economic development professional to plan and implement key strategic initiatives focused on building a stronger, more innovative, and more inclusive local economy.   Madison's Economic Development Specialist will participate, support, and serve as the Economic Development Division representative for various multi-department City programs and initiatives including the City's Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative.


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