July 2015

Regional Racial Equity Workshops in Madison, Wisconsin

Public Sector Jobs — Advancing Workforce Equity
Nearly 100 public sector employees and others, including from the City of Madison, Dane County, Milwaukee and Rockford, IL gathered on June 15 to focus on strategies for advancing racial equity for the public sector as an employer. Participants were eager to use the leverage of government to advance racial equity within the public sector.

Julie Nelson shared the Alliance's new paper on Public Sector Jobs.
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The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights: Best Practices in Business and Workforce Inclusion Roundtable

On Wednesday June 24, 2015  subject matter experts and practitioners from across the Twin Cities Metro gathered inside the Minneapolis Convention Center for an interactive discussion on the successes and challenges of their work on business and workforce inclusion.

Roundtable participants discussed practical and aspirational best practices used by metro agencies that provide enforcement and oversight for business and workforce inclusion programs. The Roundtable was divided into two segments. During the morning, participants shared personal testimonies of inclusion efforts which they are most proud of and which have achieved the most success. Participants next identified the Metro’s most challenging issues and barriers to successful inclusion.  Another morning feature was GARE’s own Julie Nelson’s insightful presentation outlining the national best practices used by government agencies involved in equitable contracting.
Roundtable participants
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GARE at National Association of County and City Health Officers (NACCHO) Conference 2015

GARE members Muntu Davis (Alameda County Health Officer and Public Health Director) and Janel Heinrich (Madison and Dane County Public Health Director) were joined by Julie Nelson (GARE Director) at the National Association of County and City Health Officers (NACCHO) conference in Kansas City on July 9th.

Together, they presented a workshop titled, "Growing a National Movement to Advance Racial Equity", which provided an overall framework for the role and responsibility of government to advance racial equity, with a clear focus on changing institutions and structures that are creating and maintaining racial inequities.

Davis used asthma as an example. By focusing on institutions and structures, Alameda County moved beyond treating symptoms to really looking at causes. Alameda County was able to supplement more traditional approaches to asthma with a proactive code enforcement program to increase habitable living conditions.

Heinrich shared how Madison’s Racial Equity Tool has been used across departments to examine questions about who benefits and who is burdened by policy decisions, as well as develop strategies to mitigate unintended consequences of policy decisions.  

Davis and Heinrich’s work demonstrates the leverage and power that health departments can harness to transform the role of government, advance racial equity and increase success for all.

Supreme Court Decision Upholding Tool for Fighting Housing Discrimination is Crucial Civil Rights Victory

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley enthusiastically applauds the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to uphold a key legal protection in the 1968 Fair Housing Act. The Court held for the first time that the Fair Housing Act prohibits race-neutral housing policies that nonetheless have a disparate impact on the basis of race, color, religion, religion, national origin, gender, disability, or family status. Disparate impact, a standard previously applied by eleven of the United States Courts of Appeals, enables courts to invalidate discriminatory policies, regardless of whether such discrimination was intentional.  
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