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Reflecting & Rejoicing in Community

Dear GARE Members, Partners, and Allies,

As 2022 winds to a close, we look back at the year with appreciation for the work and accomplishments of racial equity practitioners in GARE member jurisdictions. Our network worked diligently to advance racial equity, and highlighted hallmarks of the GARE approach to support their progress towards making cities, counties, and communities more racially just.

Member jurisdictions celebrated changes in local and regional calendars to reflect racial justice holidays like Juneteenth and Indigenous People's Day. They also adopted community engagement efforts to include community voice in setting priorities for the disbursement of ARPA funds, annual budgets, and in the creation of community development plans. Member jurisdictions have updated and improved language access, translation and interpretation services, and departments are using racial equity impact assessments to evaluate policies, practices, and procedures. Additionally, member jurisdictions highlighted how racial equity offices, staffing and resourcing for racial equity work has grown. Racial equity work plans, impact plans, tasks forces, deep community engagement and partnerships have laid strong foundations for the new year. 

Our network thrives when we reflect and rejoice in community. We are stronger when share, connect, and grow together. The smiles, joy, and insights shared at our final member gathering earlier this month light the way forward for our network's practitioner-led future. We hope racial equity practitioners in GARE member jurisdictions will continue to add to the member celebrations discussion thread in the GARE Network Portal

Celebrations thread

From our April 2022 annual membership meeting, to our first-ever gathering of racial equity practitioners working across levels of government in November, it is clear your work is poised to continue to remake government into a force for racial equity. As staff, we are humbled to continue to serve this impressive and impactful network. We are energized and ready to co-create this network in the months and years ahead.

Thank you, 
Gordon F. Goodwin
GARE Senior Director
Welcome New GARE Members
 
City of Maplewood, MO
City of Santa Cruz, CA
City of San Ramon, CA
City of Topeka
Ingam County, MI
Louisville Metro Government Office of Equity, KY
Travis County Healthcare District
Yamhill County, OR
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GARE Approach in Action

Fairfax County Equity Impact Plan

City of Dallas 2022-2023 Racial Equity Plan

Our Network in the News

NYC Voters Back Racial Justice Ballot Proposals by Wide Margins. Gothamist.


To Achieve Racial Equity We Must Measure and Score Public Policies. Forbes.
Resources
Read: Lessons from Local Leaders: How Federal Agencies Can Help Ensure Data-Driven and Equity-Centric Infrastructure Investment. Urban Institute. 
Read: CDC Can Seize the Moment by Centering Equity. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Read: Building Public Trust through Co-Governance. Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Learn More: State of Equity works on a National States Strategy for Racial Equity and more.
Is your jurisdiction or agency interested in GARE Membership? Join the 400+ local and regional jurisdictions committed to advancing racial equity through government. Attend an upcoming information session, or submit an application here.
Stay connected. The GARE Network Portal is an online community for active racial equity practitioners working in GARE member agencies. 
Sign up here using your government-issued email address. Requests for an account are generally approved within 3 business days. 






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