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Fairfax County’s One Fairfax Resolution places Focus on Equity

Fairfax County recently adopted the One Fairfax Resolution, which directs the development of a racial and social equity policy to ensure all individuals in Fairfax have an opportunity to reach their highest level of personal achievement. An intentional focus on racial and social equity positions Fairfax County to proactively and collectively, with schools and communities, including businesses, faith organizations, nonprofits and others, identify and improve policy and institutional strategies that will not just eliminate gaps, but increase success for all

Years of inequities lead to ‘extremely rare’ racial lens applied to Minneapolis parks planning

the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is using a Racial Equity Toolkit helps to integrate racial equity into routine decision making. Kudos to the community members who are engaged with helping to transform MPRB into an organization where racial equity is a new way of doing business. 

Public Librarians Launch Libraries4BlackLives 

On July 21, the Movement for Black Lives’ National Day of Action, a team of four public librarians with backgrounds in social justice launched a new initiative, Libraries4BlackLives (L4BL). Jessica Anne Bratt, branch manager at Grand Rapids Public Library, MI; Sarah Lawton, neighborhood library supervisor for Madison Public Library, WI; Amita Lonial, learning experiences manager at Skokie Public Library (SPL), IL; and Amy Sonnie, adult literacy and lifelong learning librarian at Oakland Public Library, CA, joined forces earlier in the summer to create a website that would bring together library-based advocates who want to support the ideals and activism behind the #BlackLivesMatter movement. “This ‘call to action’ unifies library efforts and demonstrates our unequivocal professional commitment to social justice and equity,” the site states. “We publicly affirm our support for the Movement for Black Lives and we commit to deepening racial equity work in our institutions and communities. Join the call for #FreedomNow. Help define the role libraries can play.”

[Workshop] Race, Equity and Leadership Workshop October 13 and 14, 2016 in Orlando Florida.


In collaboration with the Florida League of Cities, we are pleased to offer a two-day “Race, Equity and Leadership” workshop on October 13th and 14th. This free (to FLC members) program is designed for teams of 3 to 10 individuals from city government. Teams will learn concrete skills that will advance racial equity in their communities.

We all are aware that race and racial issues have been in the headlines. Only through intentional strategies, designed and implemented with urgency and focus, will we be able to work together to achieve racial equity. This two-day workshop, led by Glenn Harris, President of the Center for Social Inclusion, and Julie Nelson, Senior Vice-President of CSI and Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, will empower your team to develop and implement such strategies.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Assess policies and practices from a racial equity perspective
  • Develop a plan for advancing racial equity
  • Continue to strengthen your efforts and your team.

Registration link:

Please do not hesitate to contact Scott C. Paine, Leadership Development & Education Director for the Florida League of Cities,, 813-300-1912, if you have any questions or need assistance related to this exciting program.

Join us in Atlanta, GA!

Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Government
Thursday, November 10th 
8:30-5:00 PM EDT

“Imagine the future of our cities if we could remove the barriers and burdens of racial inequity.  Imagine if we could unleash the full human potential of all citizens, including those who are struggling.  Good government means working to create an inclusive democracy. I invite you to join me in exploring this potential at a session on ‘Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Government’ in Atlanta on November 10th.” 
 - Mayor Greg Fischer

Register for the convening here

Also, we will be at the Facing Race National Conference the days after the convening to co-present the "Inclusive Democracy" track. Read our press release.

For more information or to register for Facing Race, click here.

The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) is partnering with GARE to host three webinars on racial equity best practices. These webinars will include outside experts who have led successful change efforts in their jurisdiction.

Human Resources
September 30, 2016
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Click here to register

Contracting and Procurement with a Racial Equity Lens
October 12, 2016
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Click here to register

Applying the Racial Equity Tool
October 25, 2016
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Click here to register

[Webinar] Public Utilities, Racial Equity, and Environmental Justice: Opportunities and Challenges. This webinar is a great introduction to the vision and strategies of public utility systems that are leading national efforts to integrate racial equity and environmental justice into their operations.

Register here.
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