Category: Racial Equity

July Fourth: May the Second Half of 2020 Bring Equity

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For most of our lives, the 4th of July has been a mid-summer celebration bookmarked by parades and picnics.  This year, it’s no question, our celebrations will not look the same. We face considerable challenges as a country. A global pandemic and a country facing the realities of our long history of racism, fueled by

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From COVID-19 to Protest: Local Leaders Commit to Dismantling Racist Policies

With over 2.3 million cases and 120,000 deaths, the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact every state and community across this country. These are unprecedented times. A group of local leaders through the National League of Cities Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council raised their voices among their peers that it is important to Prioritize Equity

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Celebrating Juneteenth: America’s Second Independence Day

Today, June 19, is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19, 1865, that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that enslaved Black people were now free. This was two and a half years after

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Local Leaders Charting a Path for Equity

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Thank you for your leadership during these challenging and uncertain times. Many of you have been at the forefront of your community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic for the past few months. In the midst of this public health pandemic, many of our cities were reminded of the deep inequities that exist in our democracy.

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City Leaders Call for Data Disaggregation in COVID-19 Response

The legacy of structural racism from redlining, urban renewal, and other local, state, and federal policies has led to generations of disinvestment and hazardous environments in communities of color, especially Black communities. It has become clear that the COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate racial inequities in health and healthcare access resulting from this legacy.   Rochester Mayor Provides Example of Leadership  Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester,

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What Cities Need to Do Now to Ensure Black Communities Get Stimulus Payments

Some people have already received their stimulus payment, some are waiting to receive them, and some may never receive them unless they also receive guidance from their city. Due to things like lower access to internet and banking, low-income Black individuals will likely face the greatest challenges in receiving a stimulus payment. Local leaders can

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Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 on Communities of Color

As local leaders respond to this COVID-19 pandemic, government decision-makers and decision-making processes will be tested in unprecedented ways. Now, more than ever, these decisions cannot only consider equity as one piece of many; they must center on equity. Without applying an explicit equity lens to each city’s COVID-19 response, the response is likely to perpetuate or exacerbate existing inequities for people of color, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, the LGBTQIA+ community, and other vulnerable

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Preventing Spread of COVID-19 Among the Most Vulnerable to Complications

Supporting Seniors, People with Disabilities and People with Underlying Medical Conditions during COVID-19 Older adults and people with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung ailments, are more likely than younger, healthier people to experience serious symptoms from the illness caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The immune system grows weaker as one ages, which makes it

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