Join Us in Welcoming our New VP of Institutional and Sectoral Change. Milwaukee County Passes Ordinance on Racial Equity! 
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Milwaukee County Passes Ordinance on Racial Equity!

Milwaukee County government has been committed to understanding the link between race, government and health and how their institution has contributed to inequities. As a government body, we recognize our power to make change at a systemic level. Milwaukee County passed an ordinance that commits them to identify and address policies, practices and power structures that, whether intentionally or unintentionally, work in favor of white people and create barriers for black, brown, and indigenous people. The ordinance ensures racial equity is a top priority of Milwaukee County government and remains larger than any one government leader. Officials signed the ordinance one year after Milwaukee County passes a first-of-kind resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis in May 2019..

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Sharpening the Focus on Social Equity to Make Strategic Budget Decisions


How can local governments address social inequities during a period of significant fiscal stress and uncertainty?

The local government budget is a reflection of the needs and priorities of all stakeholders and involves difficult decisions about programs and services that may have to be cut or reinvented. Many believe that addressing social inequities through the budget process is key to leading a strong, strategic and successful economic and public health recovery.   

Join this session to learn more about key factors, best practices, and tools for maintaining and improving equity as a piece of your budget strategy.



Meet our new Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change, Cathy Albisa!

“It is humbling to step into a role supporting the extraordinary work of this staff and our members to transform government and other institutions for the public interest through racial equity, especially in this moment where the strength of our institutions is so central to our fight for multiracial democracy,” said Cathy Albisa.  “And there is no better time to fight for racial equity than in the wake of this pandemic that has laid bare the inequities that plague every corner of our social fabric, leading to needless loss of lives and livelihoods in communities at the frontlines of injustice.” 

To learn more about our new Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral change, click here!

In the News

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.

To read more about the resolution from Oakland News Now, click here. 

Race forward joined HEAL Food Alliance, Food Chain Workers Alliance and ninety-five food, labor, and environmental organizations in solidarity with food workers. We want swift action to ensure workers’ and communities’ health and safety. 
Read the open letter calling on the Department of Labor, OSHA, and our Congressional members to act.

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

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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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