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[Members Only] GARE Launches its 2020 Summer Innovation and Implementation Fund! 

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is pleased to announce our latest cycle of funding for our Innovation and Implementation Fund as an exclusive member benefit and acknowledgement for creativity in the field. The Summer 2020 Round provides the opportunity to focus in two ways: 

  • Strategically -- Support public sector partnerships with artists and cultural workers to shape racially equitable public policy and develop and implement inclusive narratives that advance racial justice.

  • Geographically -- in the State of California (a focus, but not limited to CA).

GARE appreciates the support of the California Endowment, the San Francisco Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation for funding that provides flexible resources for local government to seed projects that are focused on eliminating structural racism. Projects selected for funding will work across institutions and further partnerships with communities.

For more information on GARE's Arts and Culture Innovation and Implementation fund, click here. 

Questions should be directed to GARE Gulf/Delta Regional Manager Juan Serrano at with subject line: Arts and Culture Innovation.

Register now for a free webinar from ICMA featuring GARE Director, Gordon Goodwin!

The Public Health Crisis and Racial Inequities


WHEN: June 19th, 2:30-4:00pm EST

Coronavirus: ICMA Community Conversations

The pandemic, economic crisis, and racial justice protests highlight the larger public health disparities in our communities of color.

Speakers will address these issues:

  • The historic framework and why race still matters
  • The importance of analysis in developing short- and long-term strategies
  • How a resilience helps sharpen the focus on health disparities
  • Current public health priorities related to the pandemic:  targeted testing, catching up on childhood immunizations


  • Gordon Goodwin, Director, Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)
  • Genesis D. Gavino, Resilience Officer, City of Dallas, Texas
  • Luis Javier Hernandez Ortiz, Mayor of Villalba, Puerto Rico

Meet our new Midwest Regional Manager,

Sarah Lawton!

Sarah Lawton is a librarian and community organizer dedicated to transforming public institutions, challenging injustice and inspiring action. She has been involved in movements and campaigns related to racial equity, environmental justice, indigenous rights, advocacy for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and amplifying community voices.

To learn more about Sarah, or any of our other dedicated staff, click here. 

In the News

The City of Cambridge Declares Racism a Public Health Emergency. 

The City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Department of Public Health declared a public health emergency Thursday evening as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a press release.

The emergency declaration is designed to “facilitate and expedite” the use of resources to protect people from the virus. 

The city announced in the press release that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has awarded Cambridge $100,000 in emergency resources. The funding is part of a $5 million grant Governor Charlie D. Baker ’79 issued to state health boards.

Cambridge will employ the grant to monitor and combat COVID-19 in the city by increasing surveillance, providing overtime for staff, and purchasing additional personal protective equipment.

To read the resolution, click here. 

South Bay lawmakers pledge to put equity at center of policymaking. 

More than 20 Silicon Valley lawmakers this week signed a new pledge that outlines how elected officials will consider equity and the needs of disadvantaged communities in policymaking.
To read more from the San Jose Spotlight, click here. 

Oakland City Council Equity Declares Emergency For Black Residents Affected By COVID-19

Tuesday, the Oakland City Council unanimously passed a resolution, put forth by the Oakland City Council Equity Caucus, to declare a local health emergency for Oakland’s Black residents due to the spread of COVID-19 and its devastating and disparate impact on these communities. The authors of the resolution represent the districts that are most negatively impacted by the pandemic and struggle with persistent inequity.

Read more about the resolution in the Oakland News Today Blog, here. 

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Help us meet our goal of getting 1,000 organizations across the country make a commitment to advancing racial equity!

Are you committed to Racial Equity?

Join Racial Equity Here, GARE's new, cross-sector platform to align efforts across the country! Racial Equity Here is a movement of jurisdictions, community groups, foundations, businesses and schools committed to three steps forward on racial equity: to LEARN, ACT, and PARTNER, with tools provided. 

For more information about our Racial Equity Here, Commit to Action site, or to join the more than 500 organizations that have committed to advancing racial equity, click here. 

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