Introducing GARE Foundations. #TogetherWeVote
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Introducing: GARE Foundations

Historically, GARE has provided in-person workshops and coaching through learning communities and contracts. While we believe strongly in the importance of continuing this work, we think it's time we made our content more accessible. We know that many jurisdictions have recently begun their journey toward advancing racial equity, others are struggling with budget challenges, and some need refreshers on key racial equity concepts. 
Our goal through GARE Foundations is to provide foundational concepts in racial equity to members, meet the needs of jurisdictions new to this work, and to provide opportunities for members to practice using a racial equity analysis. While training is not the primary way for jurisdictions to change, it is a useful way to support jurisdictions in normalizing conversations about race and racism. GARE staff will be providing these workshops virtually using Zoom’s online platform.

GARE member jurisdictions have a limited number of seats across the 13 workshops between October and December 2020. We are excited to have each of our regional managers as well as our membership and network team collaborating to host workshops. We are eager to provide even more trainings in 2021 through this program.



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Register now for a free webinar from ICMA cohosted by GARE


Improving Equity with the Right Tools

WHEN: October 20, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST

Equity and Inclusion/Social Justice: ICMA Conversations

Does your local government have the right equity tools to understand the internal and external impacts of the organization’s decisions, policies, and procedures? 

The webinar goal is to highlight tools local governments can implement to address and improve internal and external inequities.

Participants will understand why equity tools are important, learn about the tools some local governments are using, and how to right-size them to implement in their own organizations.

The webinar will consist of a 60 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes for Q&A. Available for GARE and ICMA members.


  • Aimee Kane, PHR, Equity Program Manager, City of Boulder, Colorado
  • Roberto Montoya, West Region Manager, Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)
  • Siri Russell, Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion, Ablemarle County, Virginia
  • Manisha Paudel, Equity Coordinator, City of Des Moines, Iowa

New Member Spotlight


The City of Decatur, Georgia


In 2015 approximately 800 citizens contributed a combined total of more than 1,300 hours to create the Better Together Community Action Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Engagement. The plan contains specific action items for individuals, organizations, and local government to undertake in order to cultivate a just, welcoming, inclusive, equitable and compassionate city. The Decatur City Commission established the Better Together Advisory Board in 2016 to guide and advise the Commission and the community around issues of equity, inclusion, and engagement.

In January 2020 Decatur City Manager Andrea Arnold established an Employee Equity Team to focus on equitable policies and practices within the organization. The goal of this team is to create an environment of equity and inclusion where everyone in the organization is treated fairly, has equitable opportunities and outcomes, and truly feels welcome and valued.

This will be done by:
 1. Educating employees about the Better Together Community Action Plan and addressing goals that are focused on the City organization.
 2. Reviewing internal structures, processes, policies and outcomes through an equity lens.
 3. Recommending activities, trainings and professional development that will support and promote equity, inclusion and engagement within all departments and throughout the organization.

Renae Madison is the Communications Manager/Public Information Officer for the City of Decatur. She is responsible for the city newsletter (Decatur Focus), website, social media, and other communications initiatives including serving as the city’s public information officer. She serves as co-chair of City of Decatur’s Employee Equity team, and is also one of the staff liaisons to the city’s Better Together Advisory Board, which provides an opportunity for residents with interest and expertise in the areas of equity, inclusion, and engagement to assist the city in moving the Better Together Community Action Plan forward.

In the News

How to Make Sure City Budgets Prioritize Racial Equity     

Since the Covid-19 pandemic swept through the U.S., the effects have been swift and devastating. Cities and counties are suffering budget shortfalls and deficits in the tens of millions of dollars, while some states are reporting shortfalls in the billions. 

Yet with the pandemic still in full force, there is a greater need for spending on messaging, emergency and preventative health care,  medical and safety equipment, and emergency food, housing and income support. 

At the same time, the pandemic has also brought a laser focus to issues of racial inequity. FUSE Corps, in partnership with GARE, recently convened government and civic leaders to discuss these complex challenges. Building on the knowledge of the shared session, FUSE and GARE have identified seven ways to bring an equity lens when prioritizing government budgets

Read the full piece here

Arlington County announces community dialogues on racial equity
Arlington County is launching a series of virtual conversations for residents about racial equity in the county, including in health, education and transportation.

The six online sessions, part of the liberal Virginia suburb’s new Dialogues on Race and Equity initiative, will begin at the end of October and be facilitated by Challenging Racism, an organization that began in Arlington in 2004 and leads workshops on issues involving race and ethnicity.

The goal is “to normalize the conversations that we know are really challenging but we also think will help to lay the foundation for how we can move forward together in the county,” said Samia Byrd, Arlington’s chief race and equity officer.
New Lynn Plan Aims to Tackle Systemic Racism
Lynn is one of six Greater Boston communities selected to receive technical assistance to create and implement racial equity plans through the Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan (REMAP) program.

The city was selected from 22 applications received for the first round of the REMAP program, a collaboration among the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

The REMAP program is aimed at helping cities and towns transparently and effectively address racism and inequity, which has been highlighted in recent months following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer in May. 
Portsmouth taking action on racial justice municipality proclamation

The city [of Portsmouth] has begun to take steps to support a racial justice municipality proclamation adopted by the City Council this past summer following the killing of George Floyd and subsequent national outcry.

The proclamation, which was unanimously passed in June and written in concert with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, includes planned actions such as racial bias training for municipal officials and a concerted effort to highlight Black history in Portsmouth, among other items.

Recently, in a list of demands for elected officials and local governments, the Black Lives Matter Seacoast chapter called on municipalities to follow through on promises made after Floyd’s death.

Read the full article here

RFP:Community Alternatives to Incarceration & Policing

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is seeking applications for the 2020 Collaborative Grantmaking: Community Alternatives to Incarceration and Policing Request for Proposal (RFP). This RFP will provide funding for organizations and coalitions to develop alternatives to and address the harm created by incarceration, policing, and other parts of the criminal legal and immigration systems. A total of $1 million will be available to fund two to four proposals.

This funding is the result of community advocacy by groups including, Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) and Budget for Justice (BFJ), for investments in alternatives to incarceration. It also builds on the work and advocacy of organizations and coalitions like Youth Undoing Institutional Racism, No New Youth Jail, EPIC, the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, and European Dissent, who called upon our local leaders to support a vision free of incarceration and led to the passing of Council Resolution 31614 in 2015.

Application packets are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020.

Learn more and apply here

Upcoming GARE Events

GARE Rapid Response Series: Working Session

October 23, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm (ET)
GARE members are encouraged to bring an issue they are grappling with, to engage in a "3-person consultancy" model where you and 2 other GARE colleagues will brainstorm together to address the issue.

To register for an info session on the 1st Thursday of every month, click here
To register for an info session on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, click here. 

Help us meet our goal of getting 1,000 organizations across the country to 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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