Taking a Stand for Racial Equity: GARE Member Statements
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GARE Member Statements

From Minneapolis City Council and Mayor 

The Standing with all Members of Our One Minneapolis resolution commits the City to fighting for the rights, freedoms and interests of all of the members of the Minneapolis community, no matter skin color, gender, the way of worship, birthplace, sexual orientation, or any other identity. The resolution points out that immigrant and refugee members of the community – documented or undocumented – bring hope, optimism and entrepreneurial spirit, along with a diversity of cultural expressions that keeps our city vibrant. It also observes that Title 2, Chapter 19 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances states that “the city does not operate its programs for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration laws,” and that “[p]ublic safety officials shall not undertake any law enforcement action for the purpose of detecting the presence of undocumented persons, or to verify immigration status, including but not limited to questioning any person or persons about their immigration status.”

The Solidarity with the Muslim Community resolution recognizes that the United States was founded by immigrants, many fleeing religious persecution, who enshrined freedom of religion as one of the nation’s fundamental legal and ethical principles. The resolution condemns all hateful speech and violent action directed at Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims, immigrants, and people of color; categorically rejects political tactics that use fear to manipulate voters or to gain power or influence; commits to pursuing a policy agenda that affirms civil and human rights, and ensures that those targeted on the basis of race, religion or immigration status can turn to government without fear of recrimination; and reaffirms the value of a pluralistic society composed of multiple cultures and the inalienable right of all people to live and practice their faith without fear.

Civil Rights Department Director Velma Korbel also recently issued a statement condemning hate-motivated speech and actions. If you, your family or an acquaintance experiences harassment or discrimination based on their race, religion, national origin, sex, LGBT status or other protected classes, or have been the victim of police misconduct, please contact the Civil Rights Department at 612-673-3012 or visit

From San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Resolution responding to the election of Donald Trump and reaffirming San Francisco’s commitment to the values his election threatens.

From Seattle

City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights Director Patty Lally: A message to the community -- In recent days, many of us have heard or read about comments and in some cases, actions inspired by racism, xenophobia, sexism and hate.  These words and actions have no place in the City of Seattle.  Our City is committed to human rights and racial equity, where those who live, work and visit feel safe and welcome. As Seattle Mayor Edward Murray made clear, “The City of Seattle remains committed to our values of equality, inclusion and openness. We will continue to be a city that supports women, that welcomes as neighbors our Muslim brothers and sisters, and that recognizes that Black Lives Matter. We are strong because of our diversity, not in spite of it."

Arts are a strategy to build racial equity.

Presented by Randy Engstrom, director Seattle Office of Arts & Culture at NY Community Trust, November 16, 2016

Today we are in the middle of an historic change moment in our country, our cities and our role in the field of the arts. Not since the 1950’s when highways connected and crisscrossed our land have we seen such a massive influx of population in our cities and immigration nationally and internationally. At a time when racial equity and social and environmental justice is being challenged at a national level we affirm our commitment to this work and stand in solidarity with our communities.

Seattle is a progressive utopia, but even here in a bastion of liberalism we have work to do to foster a creative community that benefits all people. Therefore, the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) collectively created a Racial Equity Statement, affirming our commitment to anti-racist work practice and a mechanism to hold us accountable in all the work we do.


In The News

BOSTON - Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today hosted a public discussion to discuss racism in Boston and how we acknowledge our past as we look to our future in order to become a more socially cohesive and resilient city. The discussion was attended by over 600 residents, and served as the kick-off to a citywide conversation about racism. Additional conversations will take place in neighborhoods across the city in early 2017. As part of the dialogue, Mayor Walsh in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, released "The Blueprint: A Preview of the Principles & Framework for Boston's Resilience Strategy" which helps set the foundation for the release of Boston's Resilience Strategy in early 2017. The Blueprint for Boston's Resilience Strategy provides a shared framework to remove the barriers of racism that hinder Bostonians from having access to opportunity and support to thrive from childhood to retirement.

Mayor Francis Slay Initiates Racial Equity Training for City Employees
ST. LOUIS -- Mayor Francis Slay has invited the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) to conduct racial equity training for about 100 City department directors, commissioners and managers in City government. (read more)

2017 Advancing Racial Equity cohort
GARE and the League of Minnesota Cities have announced the 2017 cohort series of Advancing Racial Equity: the Role of Government.  Check out this announcement from the League.  Register your Minnesota team to participate here.


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