Dear GARE Members, Partners, and Allies,
It’s clear to us on staff that the focus of our work is you and your organizing efforts to pursue racial equity in government. From our newsletter, to our network portal, and programming, we will use all the tools at our disposal to welcome, weave, and deepen the connections within this network - to connect you to one another in ways that fortify all of us for the continued work ahead. Because, as Ambassador Susan E. Rice shared at the 2022 GARE Annual Membership Meeting, "Advancing equity is not a one-year project. It is a generational commitment."
A commitment to instilling racial equity in government, at the best of times, is never easy. Still, as Marsha Guthrie of Palm Beach County reminds us that our values-infused network is what brings resolve, “During periods of distress, regression, those who are around truth, justice, and humanity, they come out on top.”
A network like ours is one where we can learn with and from one another, in real-time. GARE members in Philadelphia, Austin, District of Columbia, Pittsburgh are all highlighted in Charting an Equitable Future: What Works Cities - Equity and Budgeting for Equity & Recovery Program, an outstanding compendium of racial equity approaches to budgeting and tax policy. It includes tools and sections like, “Beyond Across the Board Cuts: How Cities Can Apply an Equity Lens to Budget Cuts even Amidst Fiscal Crisis,” “Equity through Capital Improvements,” and more. This compiled work was developed by the Public Finance Initiative (PFI) at Harvard University, which is managed by Lourdes German. GARE staff are currently working with PFI on a project to help define standards for the field of Environmental, Social, and Governance investing so that they include racial equity in municipal bonds work.
A network like ours is also one where we uplift each other. We are glad to celebrate Prince Corbett, Racial and Health Equity Administrator for Ramsey County, Minnesota, who has been awarded a Bush Foundation fellowship for his pursuit of building new coalitions to close wealth and income gaps in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN.
Help us continue to spotlight, celebrate, and uplift the work that you and your colleagues are leading via the GARE Network Portal. We invite you to continue sharing inspiring resources, ask questions, and connect.
All our best,
Gordon and the GARE staff team